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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 2:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: AMD

The Packaging

 

AMD provides the new Radeon R9 Fury X in a beast of a box, but I don't think it's a good representation of what's inside. I really would've preferred to have something truly unique, like the metal briefcase that the R9 295X2 came in. Heck, I would've liked a box that the reference GTX 900 series comes in, as that case is actually pretty damn nice.

 

But, packaging isn't everything, right? Let's take a look at the card itself.

 

 

Detailed Look

 

The Radeon R9 Fury X is definitely the best reference card AMD has ever released - at least in my eyes. The company has used an industrial design, which they call "professional, elegant, simple and modern", and I wholeheartedly agree.

 

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It features a beautiful full metal construction, with the shroud using multiple pieces of aluminum die cast finished in both black nickel mirror gloss, and a unique soft touch black. The front of the Fury X is removable, with four hex screws that can be removed to unveil everything beneath. AMD has made the Fiji-based Fury X this way so that it allows customers to have the option of 3D printing, or CNC an alternate plate onto the card, giving it a totally custom look.

 

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Another unique part of the card is something that we've seen on ASUS cards, is what AMD calls the 'GPU Tach'. The GPU Tach is a series of LEDs on the back of the card next to the two 8-pin PCIe power connectors that alert you to the power consumption of the Fury X at any given time. If the card is in idle, a single green LED will be lit, but as the power consumption of the card increases, as do the number of LEDs.

 

Another LED illuminated part of the card is something NVIDIA has been doing for quite a while with its GeForce cards, with AMD now illuminating with a glowing red "RADEON" logo on the top of the card for the entire time the card is in operation.

 

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For power, the Fury X requires two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

 

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For display connectivity, we have three DisplayPort outputs and a single HDMI - which unfortunately, is only HDMI 1.4a - which is capable of just 4K at 30Hz, unlike HDMI 2.0 which can pump out 4K at 60Hz.

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