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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

The Packaging

 

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I'm a big fan of SAPPHIRE's packaging for their various Radeon video cards, but the new box for the Tri-X R9 Fury takes the cake. We have a window into the box which shows off that triple-fan Tri-X cooler, as well as some nice box art.

 

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The front of the box has the window showing the Tri-X cooler, while SAPPHIRE makes a big mention of the 4096-bit memory bus and 450GB/sec of memory bandwidth available to the Tri-X R9 Fury. Down the bottom, we see there's 4GB of HBM, the R9 Fury is destined for 4K gaming, with support for Liquid VR thrown into the box.

 

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There's not too much going on when the box is flipped around, but we do have SAPPHIRE explaining that the HBM has 60% more memory bandwidth when compared to GDDR5. There's also a reiteration of the features on the back of the card, where we find out the display outputs, Virtual Super Resolution support, Intelligent Fan Control 2, and more.

 

 

Detailed Look

 

Since this is a Tri-X version of the R9 Fury, we know what to expect from SAPPHIRE. But, with the Fiji Pro GPU and HBM requiring some serious cooling - so much so on the Fury X that AMD used a closed-loop liquid cooling system - things are a little different on the Tri-X R9 Fury.

 

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Starting with the front of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury, we have that beautiful triple-fan Tri-X cooler up front and center. But there are some new accents on the Tri-X R9 Fury that have changed since the Tri-X R9 390X, which I really loved.

 

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Around back, we can see that new style that SAPPHIRE is going for. Not only that, but we can see how short the PCB is thanks to HBM. To the left, that is all heat sink to keep the Fiji Pro GPU and HBM under cool operating temperatures of less than 75C.

 

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Display output wise we have three DisplayPort 1.2 ports and a single HDMI 1.4a port.

 

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From the bottom of the card, you can get another look at the short PCB. Not only that, but we can see that the card itself is also thicker, and is a 2.5-slot card.

 

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From the top of the card, we can see that massive heat sink array stretching across the entire card. We also have two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

 

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And again, with a closer look at the two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

 

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We thought we would show you just how long the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury is, so we've put a reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X in front of it for comparison.

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