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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Video Cards in CrossFire

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 12:50 pm

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the two HBM-based AMD Radeon R9 Fury X cards in CrossFire.

 

What's Hot

 

Huge Performance: While the performance gains aren't as big in 1080p and 1440p, the gains that are to be had at 4K and beyond are nothing short of impressive. The two Fury X cards in CrossFire are able to not only compete with, but sometimes beat the best from NVIDIA.

 

Great CrossFire Scaling: In our synthetic benchmarking, we see the usual great scaling, but even with early drivers, we're seeing some impressive CrossFire scaling with the two GPUs in 1440p and 4K.

 

4GB Doesn't Feel So Limited: While High Bandwidth Memory doesn't offer any immediate performance benefits over GDDR5, the 4GB of HBM is definitely not a limiting factor when thrown into a CrossFire setup. We are going to test this more thoroughly with a couple of triple 4K EyeFinity articles very soon.

 

I Want To See More: Hey AMD... now that I've tested two Fury X cards in CrossFire, I'm beyond excited to see three and four of them in action. We need to make this happen.

 

What's Not

 

Power Consumption: While the power consumption peaks at 650W, most of the time it was sitting at around 580-600W. It's more than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards in SLI, but not by very much.

 

Fury X CrossFire Isn't Just Noisy, It's Hot, Too: One of the Fury X cards is annoying enough, but boy do two of them in CrossFire make the room warm, and slightly louder. The radiators get quite warm, to the point of heating up my entire office.

 

Very evident pump noise on the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.

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Two Radiators = 10X Hassle: There's no easy way of installing the two radiators into a system without any troubles. I simply do not like the fact that AMD needs to use a radiator on its new Fury X, as it completely changes the way you're building or setting up your PC. You can't just install these things and forget it, you have to plan for it, and buy a chassis accordingly.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I have to admit it: I'm blown away. The single AMD Radeon R9 Fury X didn't really impress me, but two of them in CrossFire are an absolute powerhouse of technology. Once you get to 4K, the second HBM-based card really has your gaming experience kicking into second gear and scaling incredibly well with most of the games in our benchmarking lineup.

 

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I didn't think that we'd see this type of performance, with all of our games playable at 4K with over 100FPS average, except for Metro: Last Light. Battlefield 4 at 4K at 118FPS average is just amazing... something that the GTX Titan X offers, for $2000 compared to around $1300.

 

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The two radiators are annoying beyond words, there's just nothing I can type into an article that expresses my displeasure of the two huge radiators. Sure, AMD has cool operating cards with the Fury X, with around 50-55C under stress, while the upcoming Fury (which will be air-cooled) will run at around 70-75C depending on the card.

 

This means that the Fiji GPU is getting damn hot, and it simply needs water cooling to even compete with NVIDIA's offerings like the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Titan X which are both air-cooled. This brings us down to the wire: if you're building a new PC, even if the Fury X or Fury X CrossFire beats the GTX 980 Ti, I would still recommend an SLI build of the GTX 980 Ti cards.

 

You can throw them into your system without the need of two huge spots for watercooling, and there are now plenty of third-party cards to choose from with great overclocks and cooling technology slapped onto them. This doesn't take away from the fact that AMD fans can rest assured that Fury X in CrossFire kicks some serious NVIDIA ass. Way to go, AMD.

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