Final Thoughts & Conclusion
AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury series created quite the buzz when they were released. High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) was new technology and many were curious to see if it lived up to expectations. The answer is yes. The extra bandwidth is noticeable at all resolutions, but seems to really stretch its legs once you get above 1080. Despite this, the R9 Fury X was not well received by the public. The high price combined with a bulky water cooling solution and performance that did not match Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti, left enthusiast crowd in a state of meh.
The Radeon R9 Fury is a different animal though. Air cooling simplifies the design and appeals to a wider audience. Like the Fury X, locked core voltage limits how far the card can really be pushed however. The memory overclocking was a bit better. The increased core and memory speed do play huge dividends at higher resolutions, something that was quite apparent when playing Grand Theft Auto: V.
Sapphire has added their typically stylish flair and excellent cooling to the Radeon R9 Fury. The cooler is also quite capable of taming the Fury’s heat, all while being almost silent. The gunmetal highlights and sculptured fan shroud create an elegant yet aggressive design that looks great from every angle. The card also has a nice heft to it and I detected no flex, even though the card is quite long, thanks to the diecast mounting frame for PCB and cooler assembly.
The Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury will set you back $559.99 on Newegg. It is a solid performer that is well worth a look.
- Good Price to Performance Ratio
- Top Notch Cosmetics
- Near Silent Operation
- Limited Core Overclocking