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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

How Does the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury Stack Up?


Damn well! It's a lot better than I expected from the cut down Fury X, with it beating the Radeon R9 390X without a problem and it is not too far away from beating the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in most of the games we've tested. Heck, in VRAM intensive titles like Shadow of Mordor, the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury actually beats out a heavily overclocked GM204-based card like the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum.



Performance at 1080p


As always, we'll kick things off with Battlefield 4 where the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury easily beats out the 390X, and is just inches away from the Fury X. Moving onto Metro: Last Light, the Tri-X R9 Fury is only 5% slower than the Fury X.


Shadow of Mordor is an interesting test for memory bandwidth, with the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury just 3FPS away from the overclocked GTX 980 Matrix Platinum from ASUS, and 7FPS away from the Fury X, or 7%. Thief is 9% slower on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury when compared to the Fury X, while Tomb Raider is also 9% slower on the Fury.



Performance at 1440p


Battlefield 4 performance was at Fury X levels on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury at 2560x1440, which was great to see. Metro: Last Light had the Tri-X R9 Fury beating the overclocked GTX 980 from ASUS, while it trailed the Fury X by 9%.



Shadow of Mordor performance on the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury was great, with 78FPS average at 1440p, resulting in it being 10% slower than the Fury X. But, it still beat the 390X, and overclocked GTX 980. Thief and Tomb Raider saw the Tri-X R9 Fury losing to the Fury X by 6% and 10%, respectively.



Performance at 4K


At the peaks of 3840x2160, the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury doesn't bode well with Battlefield 4. I would put this down to early drivers, but we have to wait for some new drivers (which were released as we were wrapping up this review) and to play around with Mantle. For now, 58FPS average is nothing to complain about.


Moving over to Metro: Last Light, the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury is 8% slower than the Fury X. Not too bad considering 4K is where all the action is on these HBM-based Fury cards. In Shadow of Mordor, the Tri-X R9 Fury beats out everything but the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ and the Fury X. Pretty incredible results for SoM.


Lastly, two of our harshest games on our benchmark lineup: Thief and Tomb Raider. Starting with Thief, the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury is just 2FPS or 4% from the Fury X. While in Tomb Raider it's just 5% slower than Fury X.

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