Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X OC 4 GB Review 32

Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X OC 4 GB Review

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Introduction

Sapphire Logo


About a month ago, just two weeks after its flagship Radeon R9 Fury X launch, AMD launched its little sibling, the R9 Fury positioned as a big money-maker for the "Fiji" silicon. To say AMD is at the forefront of new technology is an understatement. The company rigorously pursues and in many cases introduces new technology into the PC consumer-graphics space. AMD's past two memorable technological breakthroughs in this space were Graphics CoreNext, a powerful new number-crunching machinery for the GPU, which made not just AMD but also a lot of crypto-currency enthusiasts a lot of money, and GDDR5 memory in their giant-killing Radeon HD 4870. The past year hasn't been kind to AMD in terms of GPU-market share, which is partly because the company didn't introduce anything major since 2013—all due to competition from NVIDIA with its "Maxwell" architecture and probably also because the company is focusing on high-volume ISV deals, such as new-generation game consoles, and the development of the chip that drives the card we're reviewing today, the Radeon R9 Fury.



Unlike the R9 Fury X, this SKU doesn't have a defined reference-design. AMD is allowing its board partners to go to town with it. To make it as affordable as possible, conventional air-based cooling solutions are used. At this time, there are only three board partners who offer this card, ASUS, whose card we reviewed on launch day, and Sapphire, whose we are reviewing today. There is also a card from PowerColor we may look at in the future.

The card we're reviewing today is the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC. It features the company's latest triple-fan, triple-slot cooling solution, comes overclocked out of the box, and has a dual-BIOS that lets you increase the board's power limit.

While AMD has announced an MSRP of $549, none of the cards currently available are retailing at that price. The current going rate for both cards is $570 instead.

Please note that there is a Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X and a Fury Tri-X OC. The version without "OC" comes at reference design clocks of 1000 MHz and the OC version we are reviewing today is clocked at 1040 MHz on the GPU.

Radeon R9 Fury Market Segment Analysis
 GeForce
GTX 970
Radeon
R9 290X
Radeon
R9 390X
GeForce
GTX 780 Ti
GeForce
GTX 980
Radeon
R9 Fury
Sapphire R9
Fury Tri-X OC
Radeon
Fury X
GeForce
GTX 980 Ti
Shader Units166428162816288020483584358440962816
ROPs566464486464646496
Graphics ProcessorGM204HawaiiHawaiiGK110GM204FijiFijiFijiGM200
Transistors5200M6200M6200M7100M5200M8900M8900M8900M8000M
Memory Size4096 MB4096 MB8192 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB6144 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit512 bit512 bit384 bit256 bit4096 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit
Core Clock1051 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz876 MHz+1126 MHz+1000 MHz1040 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+
Memory Clock1750 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz500 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz
Price$310$300$430$390$480$549$570$650$650

Packaging

Package Front
Package Back


Contents



You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Documentation + driver CD
  • HDMI cable
  • DP-to-DVI adapter

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

Sapphire's card comes with clean lines and orange highlights. You can see that the actual PCB is quite short, the cooler extending far beyond its length. You will also find a metal backplate on the card. Dimensions of the card are 31.0 cm x 11.5 cm.

Graphics Card Height

Installation requires three slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

Display connectivity options include three full-size DisplayPorts and one HDMI port. The package includes a DP to DVI adapter, so users of older monitors don't have to buy additional adapters.

The GPU also includes an HDMI sound device. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible, which includes HD audio and Blu-ray 3D movies support.

Multi-GPU Area

A physical CrossFire connector is not present as all Fiji-based GPUs send their CrossFire data via the PCI-Express bus.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

Pictured above are the front and back, showing the disassembled board. High-res versions are also available (front, back).
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