It Could Be A While Before Seeing The AMD R9 Fury X Readily Available
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 27 June 2015 at 09:06 AM EDT. 31 Comments
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This week AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X at $649 for this "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory that's liquid cooled. The Fury X is AMD's strongest competition to NVIDIA in years, but sadly this high-end graphics card appears to be in very short supply.

As AMD hadn't sent out a review sample for Linux testing, since the launch this week I've been trying very hard to purchase the Fury X for review on Phoronix. Sadly, the graphics card count available by AMD's AIBs are quite low for launch time and it looks like it could be a few weeks before seeing them available.

One of the first Fury X cards to be listed for sale was the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury X on Amazon for the list price of $649.99. Since its listing, it's managed to become the "#1 new release in computer graphics cards" but I've yet to see it in stock and soon as it was listed I placed an order for it. As of this morning the delivery time has been updated and it doesn't appear it will ship for one to three weeks.

The XFX Radeon R9 Fury X is listed for $679 at Amazon and it has a "usually ships within 1 to 2 months." Lastly the VisionTek R9 Fury X is listed for $699 and ships in two to four weeks.

Over on NewEgg, their graphics cards have been listed as "coming soon" or "out of stock". I've added email auto notifications on those Fiji products back on launch day and have yet to see any of them in stock... But it seems NewEgg is keeping most of their Fury cards for bundles. They do have quantities of Fury X graphics cards that are in stock, but only selling them in bundles if you buy the GPU + CPU + motherboard (+ RAM) as part of a bundle.


I've been checking these Internet retailers and others every 30~60 minutes since Wednesday to no avail, sans not being tempted in buying a NewEgg Fury/CPU/mobo bundle... Hopefully the out of stock order I did on the Sapphire Fury X will manage to ship soon. If the graphics cards are indeed in short supply for 1~3 weeks, it's almost more tempting to wait until 14 July when the air-cooled version of the AMD R9 Fury will ship for $549... But there it could be another waiting game for that graphics card, which will likely be more sought after by gamers, to ship in quantities.

This game of patience at least is giving AMD time to prepare some Linux/Window driver improvements for the Fiji GPUs. On AMD.com I have yet to see a new Fury X Catalyst driver Linux driver release nor have I seen one elsewhere like in the Ubuntu package archive. There was talk of a Catalyst Linux driver potentially being on the Fury X product CDs, but I have yet to be able to confirm AIBs putting the Linux driver on their product disks. There's also not yet any open-source Fiji GPU support.
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