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

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2015 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Sapphire Tech

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury.

 

What's Hot

 

Air-cooled Fiji and HBM: This is what the flagship Fury X should've been. While HBM doesn't allow the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury to be smaller, it does provide it with some kick ass performance-per-dollar.

 

Impressive Performance: With performance that beats the R9 390X and is only 5-10% on average away from the Fury X, SAPPHIRE has a kick ass AMD card on its hands with the Tri-X R9 Fury.

 

SAPPHIRE's Excellent Tri-X Cooling Technology: I've always been a fan of SAPPHIRE's Tri-X cooling technology, and that mixed with HBM and the Fiji Pro core, you're in for a video card that will be silent for 90% of its use. It was only during our sound testing that the card even made a peep.

 

What's Not

 

So Much For Shorter Cards: This is why AMD went down the water cooling route with its Fury X, as it ushered in the shortest enthusiast video card we've ever seen. But, it's air-cooled sibling is nearly double the Fury X in length.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I'm about as impressed as I thought I would be from the Radeon R9 Fury. In my original review of the Fury X, I said that it was a good card, but it had a few issues that stopped it from being a great card. Well, I think a couple of those issues have been sorted out on the R9 Fury.

 

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One of those big issues is the requirement of the AIO liquid cooler, which I disliked instantly. The R9 Fury doesn't require a liquid cooler, and while temperatures go from the mid 50C mark to around 75C with the R9 Fury, it doesn't matter. This is a card that can be installed into your system without making sure you have a spot to install a radiator.

 

Secondly, a pair of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury cards in CrossFire would be a super-simple installation, versus the immense hassle it is to position and install two Fury X cards in your system. All of this is gone with the air-cooled R9 Fury.

 

But the release of the R9 Fury has me enjoying AMD's offering, welcoming it if you're an AMD fan. This is the card you should buy. Not the R9 390X, not the Fury X - but the R9 Fury. SAPPHIRE's Tri-X R9 Fury is a great card, with stylish looks and great performance. I'd love to see what two of these in CrossFire are capable of. If AMD had released the R9 Fury as its flagship and kept the water cooling for its R9 Fury X2 (or whatever it calls it), things would be very different for the company. The R9 Fury is a great release from AMD, it's too bad that the Fury X will get all of the limelight as the Fury is a champion.

 

SAPPHIRE is actually giving away one of their Tri-X R9 Fury cards, so if you want your chance to win one, check out their website. Not a bad way to market the new card, giving one of the Fiji-powered HBM-based cards away at launch. Enter here!

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for MoneyN/A
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: SAPPHIRE kills it for Team Red with the Tri-X R9 Fury. It doesn't trail far behind the Fury X, but thanks to its air cooler, the video card is a quiet, but powerful package that provides great performance.

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