Radeon R9 Fury In Stock & Ordered, Linux Tests Are Imminent
For the past month I've been trying hard to order the AMD Fury (X or not) to no avail until this morning. Since its launch last month through today I still have yet to find any Fury X (the water-cooled version) in stock at major Internet retailers in the US. I gave up hope though still had been checking and then earlier this month the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury started shipping, but availability there still looked bleak.
In the middle of the night I was delighted to wake up to an auto-notification that the SAPPHIRE 100379SR was in stock, a.k.a. Sapphire's Radeon R9 Fury 4GB 4096-Bit HBM. I managed to snag the card while still in stock for $559.99 USD, while with shipping and taxes ended up being $609 USD. Checking around at other Internet retailers, I have yet to see any other model of the R9 Fury available.
This Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury will be arriving in the next few days and will then immediately start the Linux benchmarking, which is great timing as I'm already in the process of doing a large Linux GPU comparison on the latest drivers for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Linux testing.
It's a shame that AMD didn't send out a R9 Fury review sample for Linux testing, but after nearly a month I'm glad to finally have one on the way, albeit $600 later... It will be interesting to see how the OpenGL and OpenCL support is for Fury on Linux. For now there is only the R9 Fury support with the Catalyst 15.7 driver as there is not yet any open-source Fury/Fiji GPU support and it could be a few months before seeing that support materialize.
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