AMD Fiji Gemini Dual-GPU Card Pushed to 2Q16

By Published December 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

AMD CEO Lisa Su recently indicated that the company's Radeon R9 Fury dual-GPU card would be pushed into 2Q16, a marked delay over the initial EOY 15 target launch window.

The new card will host two Fiji GPUs on a single card, potentially imbuing the dual-GPU, single-card market with a bit of life. The device has been touted since E3 as the Fiji Gemini and was targeting a December launch period, with Lisa Su claiming that the delay has been to better accommodate shipment of virtual reality products (HTC Vive coincides with the new Gemini window).

Barring some unmentioned technological delay, AMD's slower launch is likely a strategic move to ensure the Gemini doesn't arrive significantly before VR – allowing a period for consumers to forget about the product. There's also concern of yield and availability, something AMD struggled with when selling its Fury X; a delay would allow more stockpiling prior to retail, hopefully avoiding a repeat of the Fury X's nigh-perpetual inaccessibility during launch.

We're curious whether this move will push close enough to the newer architectures that AMD may risk its market viability, particularly with Pascal and Greenland on the horizon. Even still, a 2Q16 launch should be soon enough that the card remains the 'new kid' on the market for a short period.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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