Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury Review

Introduction

It has been a bit over 4 months since AMD debuted their new flagship video card, the Radeon R9 Fury X. Based on AMD’s new Fiji core; it brought a significant performance boost over the company’s previous flagship, the R9 290X. Fiji uses AMD’s latest GCN 1.2 architecture, which provides improved shading performance. The GCN 1.2 architecture is not exactly something new, we saw it first released with the R9 285 cards in August 2014. Fiji was more than a bigger R9 285 though, it marked the introduction of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) and the massive increase in memory bandwidth that comes with it. Despite the new GCN 1.2 architecture and HBM, the Radeon R9 Fury X was not able to overtake the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti that came in at a similar same price.

Just 3 shorts weeks after the Radeon R9 Fury X was launched, AMD released a lighter version, the Radeon R9 Fury. The Radeon R9 Fury features a cut down Fiji core with 3584 stream processors and 224 texture units versus the 4096 stream processors and 256 texture units of the Fury X. ROPs remain at 64 and the 1Gbps High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) is the same however.

From a performance standpoint, it is obvious that the Radeon R9 Fury will not be quite as fast as its sibling, but it is also around $100 cheaper. When the Radeon R9 Fury X was released, it was only available in a reference water cooled configuration. The R9 Fury however, is available with reference and non-reference PCB designs. It is also available with custom air cooling solutions as well. Between the more affordable price and less complicated air cooling design, this makes the R9 Fury in many ways the more attractive card.

Today we will be reviewing Sapphire’s Tri-X version on the R9 Fury. Sapphire has added an air cooling solution of their own design. The cooler features a die cast frame with 3 90mm fans, 7 heatpipes, high density stacked fins, and a solid copper heat transfer plate. The cooler extends well beyond the PCB and there is also an aluminum backplate. Intelligent Fan Control (IFCII) stops fans under light load for silent operation at idle. All of this is mounted to AMD’s reference PCB that has a 8-LED bar indicates GPU power draw under load.

Sapphire’s take on the Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury

Takes Tri-X to the Next Level with R9 FURY

The SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 FURY is based on an exciting new GPU from AMD that combines Graphics Core Next architecture with the revolutionary high bandwidth memory (HBM). This is coupled with a new and sophisticated cooling solution developed specially for this card, based on SAPPHIRE’s award winning multi-heatpipe triple fan Tri-X cooler to allow the card to run totally silently at low loads, and quietly and at low temperatures even when gaming or in demanding applications.

Most efficient Tri-X Cooler yet

  • 3x 90mm Aerofoil fans with dual-ball bearing hubs for long reliable life
  • Multi-Heatpipe array with 1x 10mm, 2x 8mm & 4x 6mm heatpipes
  • High density stacked cooler fins
  • Solid Copper transfer plate
  • Diecast mounting frame for PCB and cooler assembly provides rigidity
  • Cooler assembly extends beyond PCB for added air circulation
  • Cooler shroud controls airflow  and mounts to frame
  • Thick Aluminium backplate reduces PCB component temperatures
  • Intelligent Fan Control (IFCII) stops fans under light load
  • Advanced Fan Control sets temperature by arbitrating multiple sensors
  • AMD ZeroPower Mode – indicated by LED
  • 8-LED bar indicates GPU intensity (Power draw under load)

Latest AMD Graphics Core Next GPU

  • FIJI Pro Chip featuring HBM (High Bandwidth memory)
  • GPU and Memory in one “module”
  • Saves PCB space, improves power efficiency and speed
  • GPU has 3584 Stream Processors, 1050MHz core
  • 4GB Superfast HBM memory
  • 4096-bit memory interface, 512GB/s bandwidth
  • Onboard DSP delivers AMD TrueAudio
  • Supports CrossFire multi-GPU operation

Specs & Performance

  • SAPPHIRE Performance Index* – SPI 5 (Ultra Enthusiast Level for 4K Gaming)
  • 3x DP + 1x HDMI 1.4 Outputs
  • Supports 4 monitors natively
  • Up to 6 monitors with MST hub or Daisy-chain
  • Dual UEFI BIOS switch unlocks Thermal control for overclocking
  • DX12 Ready
  • Supports AMD FreeSync, VSR and Liquid VR

 

Let’s take a closer look on the next page.



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