This is something I've wanted to do since AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 Fury X all those months ago now, but trying to get four of these cards isn't the easiest thing to do. Getting two of them for a couple of weeks of testing was easy enough, but now we have had four Fury X cards for a week now, throwing them through some rigorous testing.
It's still early days in the life of High Bandwidth Memory, where we haven't quite seen the performance benefits of HBM. We have enjoyed having smaller enthusiast video cards in all of the Fiji-powered cards, the R9 Nano, R9 Fury and R9 Fury X. The R9 Nano, in particular, is an amazing achievement for AMD - price and issues aside.
But the Fury X... oh the Fury X. Team Red fans salivate over the HBM-powered Radeon R9 Fury X. It is the fastest card that AMD has on its roster, apart from the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2. But the card is in shorter supply in some markets, and the performance isn't perfect for how much AMD praised it pre-release.
Well, it has been a few months now and we have the new Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers to test out - so we're going to be looking at the scaling of the Fury X in single card, 2-, 3-, and 4-way CrossFire. We have some more NVIDIA cards on the way, so once they get here, we will take a look at the performance between four Fury X cards, versus four Titan X cards in a true multi-GPU battle.
I've played Battlefield 4 on a 64-player server to provide some real-world performance numbers. I've found this is one of the best ways to provide the most realistic performance numbers, as it involves actual gameplay in a large server that strains most setups.
For now, I'm going to be using the same suite of benchmarks I've been using on my Tweakipedia articles, which uses a mix of synthetic benchmarks with Futuremark's 3DMark and Unigine Heaven. After that, we have a bunch of titles with built-in benchmarks (which does not represent actual in-game performance) but they are repeatable for you at home to gauge the performance of your PC or GPU.
Over time, I will be adding in new benchmarks and a new section that will concentrate solely on real-time gaming benchmarks. This will take more time per review, as I'll have to invest time into actually physically playing the games, but it'll be worth it in the long run. For now, let's get right into the synthetic benchmarks and see how this video card performs.
Battlefield 4 Testing
This is one game that we did differently, as it does not feature a built-in benchmarking feature. When it comes to Battlefield 4, there are countless ways you can benchmark it. Some find a spot in the single player campaign which is easily repeatable and use that. For our testing, we've chosen to use a 64-player online multiplayer server for real-time performance statistics.
We joined a 64-player map and played for five minutes using FRAPS, pulling our minimum/average and maximum FPS. We did this for each test, and we run the game for 5 minutes at 1080p/1440p and 4K. We are using a custom Ultra preset (disabling AA). It's time-consuming, but it gives us a perfect look at the true real-world performance.
Test System Configuration
We have shifted to a high-end Core i7-5960X to remove any potential CPU bottlenecks. Corsair sent us over their kick-ass AX1500i PSU, which provides 1500W of power for our 3- and 4-way GPU testing that we have coming very soon.
Anthony's Video Card Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5960X - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Cooler: Corsair H110 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz - Buy from Amazon
- Storage #1: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage #2: Intel 730 Series 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Lian Li PC-T80 Open-Air - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 355.65 and AMD Catalyst 15.7.1
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