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See how massively big the AMD Fiji silicon is (which launches on June 16)!

Posted on Wednesday, June 03 2015 @ 12:54:19 CEST by

AMD CEO Lisa Su showcased a sample of the upcoming Fiji GPU at Computex and you may be surprised at how big this chip package is. The reason for this is the inclusion of High Bandwidth Memory, all the memory is moved to the chip package so you get a much larger GPU package but a more compact video card with a size similar to a GTX 960 or perhaps even shorter.

The launch date of Fiji has been confirmed: it will be on June 16 at 9-10 AM (PST) at an E3 event hosted by PCGamer.

Lisa Su with Fiji

Lisa Su with Fiji chip

Lisa Su with Fiji

AMD technical marketing manager Robert Hallock notes 1GB of HBM takes up 95 percent less board space than the same amount of GDDR5 memory:
About 1GB of HBM memory takes up 95 percent less than the same amount of GDDR5 memory, so you free up a lot of room on a circuit board, said Robert Hallock, technical marketing manager at AMD.

“HBM satisfies the appetite for smaller device. There is this appetite for powerful, portable systems… but they don’t want to give up performance either,” Hallock said.
The Fiji chip is expected to make its debut as the AMD Radeon Fury and the AMD Radeon Fury X, the later version being the new flagship with a sealed liquid cooling solution. Both versions will feature 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory but it's rumored that a 8GB version may follow towards the end of the summer. There are still a lot of unknowns concerning the price and performance of these cards and AMD isn't really talkative. The only thing we have to go by are yesterday's rumors from Computex that Fury X with current drivers is slightly slower than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Source: WCCF Tech and VR Zone



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