SAPPHIRE Technology has just introduced a new enthusiast level video card, designed to deliver "Best in Class" performance in 4K gaming and multi-screen applications, while at the same time running cool and quietly. The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is based on an exciting new GPU from AMD that combines Graphics Core Next architecture with the revolutionary high bandwidth memory (HBM). This is coupled with a new and sophisticated cooling solution developed specially for this card, based on SAPPHIRE's award winning multi-heat pipe triple fan Tri-X cooler to allow the card to run totally silently at low loads, and quietly and at low temperatures even when gaming or in demanding applications.
Most efficient Tri-X Cooler yet
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY has the most efficient Tri-X Cooler ever built by the company. The multiple heat pipe array now consists of two 8mm and four 6mm heat pipes in addition to the central industry leading 10mm heat pipe. Heat is transferred from the GPU and core components with a solid copper transfer plate, and the heat pipes are surrounded by high density stacked cooler fins. Great but quiet airflow is provided by three 90mm fans each with aerofoil section blades and dual-ball bearing hubs for long reliable life. A diecast mounting frame supports the PCB and cooler assembly and provides rigidity. The cooler shroud mounts to this frame and controls airflow, and because the cooler assembly extends beyond the PCB there is increased air circulation through the end section of the cooler. Finally a thick aluminium backplate reduces the temperature of the PCB mounted components.
Running temperatures of the card are controlled by two sophisticated systems. The FURY GPU has multiple thermal sensors and AMD's Advanced Fan Control system regulates fan speeds by arbitrating the signals from these multiple sources to achieve the lowest fan speeds for a given target operating temperature. The default target temperature results in very low fan speeds and quiet operation even under load. In addition, the second generation of SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control (IFCII) implemented on this card interacts with this so that all fans are completely stopped at light load - meaning the card is totally silent until the operating temperature rises under increased load.
The user has a visual indication of the running status of the card with a bank of LEDs. The first LED indicates the card is in AMD ZeroPower Mode. Beside that an 8-LED bar indicates the intensity of GPU activity, based on power draw under load. The colour of these LEDs is user configurable.
Latest AMD Graphics Core Next GPU
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is based on AMD's much anticipated FIJI Pro Chip featuring HBM (High Bandwidth memory). In this solution, the GPU and Memory are assembled together in one "module". This saves PCB space, improves power efficiency and speed of communication between the GPU and memory. The latest evolution of AMD's GCN architecture, this device has 3584 Stream Processors and a core speed of 1000MHz core (raised to 1040MHz on the SAPPHIRE OC model). It is equipped with 4GB of superfast HBM memory with a 4096-bit memory interface delivering 512GB/s bandwidth. The architecture also supports AMD CrossFire for high performance multi-GPU operation, and an onboard DSP delivers AMD TrueAudio for the most realistic audio effects.
Specs & Performance
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is designed for enthusiast gaming. It has been given a SAPPHIRE Performance Index* of 5, meaning it is rated at Ultra Enthusiast Level and is suitable for 4K Gaming and demanding multi-monitor applications. To support multiple monitors, the card is fitted with three DisplayPort and one HDMI (1.4a) outputs. This enables it to support 4 monitors natively, or up to six monitors with an MST hub or Daisy-chain capable monitors. For the enthusiast, the card is fitted with a Dual BIOS Switch. In one position the power envelope is limited to 300W. In the other position, this limit is unlocked to 350W allowing more headroom for overclocking.
The SAPPHIRE Tri-X Radeon R9 FURY is DX12 Ready and supports all the latest AMD features including AMD FreeSync, VSR and Liquid VR. It will be available from the usual SAPPHIRE etailers and retailers from July 14th 2015.
* The SAPPHIRE Performance Index is a new rating developed by SAPPHIRE to indicate to users the expected real-world performance of each of its video cards