AMD has now unveiled a newest member of its Radeon Fury lineup, the Radeon R9 Fury (non-X) which leaves the R9 Nano and the Fury dual-GPU graphics card as unannounced graphics cards.
Based on a cut-down version of the Fiji GPU, the Radeon R9 Fury packs 56 of 64 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 3584 Stream Processors, 64 ROPs and 224 TMUs. It still packs 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) clocked at 500MHz with a 4096-bit memory interface. The Fiji GPU has a reference clock of 1000MHz.
Pricing the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury at US $549 puts it just above the price range of the Geforce GTX 980, with cheapest one selling at around US $479.99 on Newegg.com. While the AMD Radeon R9 Fury does outperform the Geforce GTX 980 in most scenarios, especially at 4K/UHD 3840x2160 resolution, it still ends up more expensive and also has a significantly higher power draw.
As it might be suitable for gaming at 4K/UHD at reasonable graphics settings, the Radeon R9 Fury is probably more of a 1440p gaming graphics card where you could get most of the eye-candy, but at that resolution the performance gap between the Geforce GTX 980 and R9 Fury is even lower.
What makes the Radeon R9 Fury different from the R9 Fury X is that most of the cards, if not all, that you will see in retail will be based on a custom design and that will even raise the price a bit higher.
Of course, there are plenty of custom Geforce GTX 980 graphics cards on the market as well, but the custom, factory-overclocked Zotac GTX 980 AMP! is the one that is selling on Newegg.com for US $479.99. It appears that Nvidia's recent price-cut is definitely paid off as it leaves the R9 Fury a bit stranded.
AMD AIB partners certainly did a great job with custom Radeon R9 Fury graphics cards, pairing it up with some of the best custom air-coolers around, including Asus' DirectCU III cooler or Sapphire's triple-fan Tri-X cooler, making it quiet even under load.
Unfortunately, we still can't see the AMD Radeon R9 Fury listed in any of the popular retail/e-tail shops so we do not have a clear picture regarding the price of these custom versions or the availability. Since the limited availability of the Radeon R9 Fury X was, and still is a big problem for AMD, we certainly hope that Radeon R9 Fury will do a bit better.