Monday, October 19th 2015

GIGABYTE Rolls Out the Radeon R9 Fury WindForce Graphics Card

GIGABYTE finally got around to launching a Radeon R9 Fury graphics card (model: GV-R9FURYWF3OC-4GD). The company's air-cooled R9 Fury is cooled by a triple-fan WindForce 3X cooling solution, similar to the one featured on the company's GeForce GTX 980 Ti offerings. The card appears to be based on a full-length custom-design PCB by GIGABYTE, and doesn't reuse AMD's short reference-design board. This board has standard height, and the cooler features a thicker heatsink, making it a triple-slot solution. A back-plate is included.

GIGABYTE's Radeon R9 Fury WindForce comes with a slight factory-overclock of 1010 MHz core (compared to 1000 MHz reference), while the memory clock stays unchanged, at 500 MHz. The card draws power from a pair of 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.4a, and three DisplayPort 1.2a connectors. There's no word on the pricing or availability, but expect GIGABYTE to charge a tiny premium over the SKU's recommended price of $550.
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17 Comments on GIGABYTE Rolls Out the Radeon R9 Fury WindForce Graphics Card

#2
buildzoid
Looks like they just took the reference PCB and stretched it. If you look closely you can see some of Vcore choke through the finstack.
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btarunr
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buildzoid, post: 3359198, member: 111437"
Looks like they just took the reference PCB and stretched it. If you look closely you can see some of Vcore choke through the finstack.
Does reference PCB have DVI connector traces?
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#4
buildzoid
btarunr, post: 3359200, member: 43587"
Does reference PCB have DVI connector traces?
No however the most important part of a GPU PCB is usually the VRM. It seems that gigbyte have done absolutely nothing to the VRM and just customized the video outputs. In my book that would still fall under the: "stretched reference card" because to add a DVI connector they didn't have to change much about the reference PCB.

The STRIX is a full custom PCB.
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#5
rooivalk
buildzoid, post: 3359201, member: 111437"
No however the most important part of a GPU PCB is usually the VRM. It seems that gigbyte have done absolutely nothing to the VRM and just customized the video outputs. In my book that would still fall under the: "stretched reference card" because to add a DVI connector they didn't have to change much about the reference PCB.

The STRIX is a full custom PCB.
wow just realized STRIX Fury has full PCB and consume 100watt less in furmark. Astonishing.
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#6
RejZoR
Hm, I think the versions with short PCB are better because air passes through at the 3rd fan directly through the fin stack. But here it hits the PCB, making more noise and demands more work from fan.
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#7
john_
At least AMD seems to be able to produce more Fiji cores compared to a few months ago. The Fury, I think, is the best Fiji model someone can buy and if he is lucky to unlock all the stream processors, it is also an excellent VFM card - if we can call a GPU that costs over $500 VFM.
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#8
GhostRyder
Well it looks decent like their other windforce cards, however in my book I would prefer it to have kept the reference outputs instead of adding the DVI (I know some people want it, that's just me).

Still, would hope they would have done something more than extend the PCB. I want to see whats under the cooler.
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#9
buggalugs
They need to allow partners to build furyX non reference versions.

My local store has only one model of fury (sapphire) and no furyX versions.
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#10
buildzoid
buggalugs, post: 3359320, member: 56431"
They need to allow partners to build furyX non reference versions.

My local store has only one model of fury (sapphire) and no furyX versions.
Apart from the water cooler being a little hard to accomodate I don't see why you would want a non reference PCB. The VRM is perfectly good even for 1.5V and the card only use tantalum and ceramic caps longevity wise it doesn't get much better.
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#11
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
btarunr, post: 3359195, member: 43587"
The card appears to be based on a full-length custom-design PCB by GIGABYTE, and doesn't reuse AMD's short reference-design board.
badass Gigabyte, making own PCB and sh*t…
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#12
LTUGamer
Oh 1010 MHz instead of 1000 MHz. Such wow, much overklok, ekstrim spyd.
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#13
buggalugs
buildzoid, post: 3359344, member: 111437"
Apart from the water cooler being a little hard to accomodate I don't see why you would want a non reference PCB. The VRM is perfectly good even for 1.5V and the card only use tantalum and ceramic caps longevity wise it doesn't get much better.
Its the water cooler. Do not want. I dont care if they use the same PCB but I'm assuming that would be hard to do if you want to put a 3x fan heatsink on it.

I'm sure there are many guys like me who would buy the furyx if they had an aircooled version. Sure, I could go for the fury, but I always like to get the highest end card., so I'm just waiting and holding onto my money that could be in AMD's bank.

As i was saying earlier my local store only has one fury model for sale, no furyx's and no nano's. They are constantly sold out. WTF is AMD doing?
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#14
Chloe Price
"comes with a slight factory-overclock of 1010 MHz core (compared to 1000 MHz reference)"

And they have balls to print "OC edition" on the box :laugh:
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buildzoid
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"comes with a slight factory-overclock of 1010 MHz core (compared to 1000 MHz reference)"

And they have balls to print "OC edition" on the box :laugh:
I wonder if we'll ever see a 1mhz OC edition
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
buildzoid, post: 3359201, member: 111437"
No however the most important part of a GPU PCB is usually the VRM. It seems that gigbyte have done absolutely nothing to the VRM and just customized the video outputs. In my book that would still fall under the: "stretched reference card" because to add a DVI connector they didn't have to change much about the reference PCB.

The STRIX is a full custom PCB.
Gigabyte HQ tells me that this is a completely custom PCB, and its VRM components are not of the same make as the ones on the reference PCB. The PR department didn't have pics, but they're making R&D send them right now.
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#17
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
btarunr, post: 3360077, member: 43587"
Gigabyte HQ tells me that this is a completely custom PCB, and its VRM components are not of the same make as the ones on the reference PCB. The PR department didn't have pics, but they're making R&D send them right now.
naked pcb?
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