AMD held their annual event over the weekend in Japan. At the event the company revealed to journalists a number of different exciting plans in a round table discussion. The most exciting of these was that AMD is prepping a Radeon R9 380X model that will be available as soon as February if plans go well.
AMD says that the Radeon R9 380X will compete head on with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. The R9 380X will be based on the Pirates Islands micro-architecture and will be powered by the Fiji GPU. We all thought that the R9 390X would be based off the Fiji GPU, but apparently that is not the case.
AMD actually have three graphics cards in the works. The Radeon R9 390X will be based on the Bermuda GPU, the R9 380X will be based off the Fiji GPU and the R9 370X will be based off Treasure Island. AMD hopes to launch the R9 380X as soon as February if all goes well.
These new series of graphics cards are said to feature TSMC’s new 20 nm manufacturing technology as well as 3D stacked HBM memory. The hybrid “Hydra” cooling solution developed by Asetek will be used on the R9 390X, we are not sure about other cards.
The R9 390X is expected to compete against the unreleased NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti / Titan X. The R9 380X against the GTX 980 / 970 and the R9 370X against the GTX 960.