Ever since the first unveiling of a PCB containing two Fiji XT GPUs by Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, many have eagerly waited for the official release of what may be AMD’s most powerful graphics card. About four weeks ago, it was said that AMD had originally planned to release the graphics card by December this year. Unfortunately, AMD has officially stated that the Dual Fiji XT GPU – codenamed Gemini – will be facing delays and it is only predicted to be released sometime in Q2 2016.
A report by HardWare.fr mentioned that AMD had no choice but to delay the graphics card for a reason that may seem vague. According to french site, AMD said that the Gemini GPU had to be delayed due to a corresponding delay with the release of the consumer HMD – Head Mounted Display – ecosystem. AMD had earlier planned to release the Gemini with expectations that consumer virtual reality devices would be released at around the same time as well.
Interestingly, one could argue that the reason for the delay isn’t merely because of the postponed release of consumer virtual reality devices. According to VideoCardz, the delay could also be caused by the recent legal issue that AMD is facing with Asetek. This could be true since it’s pretty obvious that the Gemini GPU would be equipped with some sort of CLC (closed-loop liquid cooling) system.
It seems logical that AMD would choose to delay the Gemini GPU due to legal issues with Asetek. AMD could be in even bigger trouble if it chooses to release the Gemini GPU in the midst of Asetek’s legal pursuit. It’s worth noting that this is merely a theoretical reason behind why AMD decided to delay the Gemini GPU and it wasn’t included with AMD’s previously mentioned reason for the delay.