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SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury Video Card Review - HBM, No Water Cooler

SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury Video Card Review - HBM, No Water Cooler
SAPPHIRE is the first to the market with the Radeon R9 Fury, an air-cooled Fiji-based video card. But how does it compare to the Radeon R9 390X and Fury X?
By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2015 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Sapphire Tech

Introduction

 

AMD launched its new Radeon R9 Fury X just a couple of weeks ago now, and while we knew that the much bigger, non-watercooled variant in the R9 Fury would launch soon, it feels like no time has passed since then. I would dare say it's because I've been knee-deep in writing Fury X content, with my original review on the single card, then again in CrossFire.

 

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I didn't stop there, as I wanted to push forward with some strenuous testing using a triple 4K monitor setup on a single Fury X at 11,520x2160 and then again on Fury X in CrossFire at 11,520x2160. In a single monitor situation, the Fury X was a good, but not great card. But when thrown into a multi-GPU situation, it kicked some serious ass in single and Eyefinity monitor scenarios.

 

 

But the one thing that kept the Fury X from greatness, aside from early performance numbers, was the fact that it had a gigantic radiator. It needs to be installed somewhere in a system, which is annoying. It's not something I would recommend to most people, but an air-cooled R9 Fury? Well, that's a different story I think.

 

The SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury is the first R9 Fury that we've received, but we have to know... does it live up to the performance of the Fury X? Not so much. Does it beat the R9 390X? Sure. So where does it find itself? Smack bang in the middle of the R9 390X and R9 Fury X, which is right where AMD needs it to be. Let's get into the formalities before you jump through to the benchmarks.

 

 

Quick Specs

 

SAPPHIRE's Tri-X R9 Fury features the Fury Pro GPU, which means we have High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). There's 56 Compute Units, and 224 TMUs with the GPU itself has 3854 stream processors, with its GPU clocked at 1050MHz. the 4GB of HBM is spread out on a 4096-bit memory bus with 512GB/sec bandwidth.

 

If we compare this to the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, which has 4096 stream processors, 64 Compute Units and 256 TMUs, the Fury X is around 10-15% faster on paper, but we'll see later on in the review if this translates into a huge chunk of additional performance.

 

 

Availability & Price

 

Availability of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury will most likely be limited at launch, with the Radeon R9 Fury cards launching on July 14, with no pricing information available at the time of the review.

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