Today’s debut of the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY is the company’s second take on the AMD Radeon R9 FURY following last year’s release of the Tri-X variant.
Of course, there are several R9 FURY-based cards on the market — the very same SAPPHIRE Tri-X among them — which are highly competitive with GeForce GTX 980 accelerators thanks to the “Fiji” GPU, AMD’s latest high-performance incarnation of their GCN architecture. However, SAPPHIRE NITRO strives to be something more than just another R9 FURY card you can buy. SAPPHIRE’s goal has been to create the perfect combination of the highest possible performance, quiet operation and exceptional overclocking capabilities. They want the new NITRO R9 FURY to be a worthy addition to the award winning SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series of graphics cards. Have they succeeded? Let’s take a look!
The Radeon R9 FURY is based on the same silicon as the R9 FURY X, code-named “Fiji”. The chip features AMD’s latest GCN 1.2 architecture, making it AMD’s most technologically advanced solution. Of the 64 CU’s present in the chip, 56 can be used. That amounts to 3584 stream processors and 224 TMUs. There are also 64 ROP units and a 4096-bit HBM memory controller. It is important that the first generation of HBM memory is limited to 4 GB — that is exactly the amount R9 FURY offers. Although this may seem insufficient for 4K gaming, bear in mind that GeForce GTX 980-based cards also have 4 GB of VRAM.
The SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY features the company’s flagship cooling solution, which promises low load temperatures and very quiet operation. Tri-X, just as the name suggests, incorporates three ball bearing fans and is also completely noiseless under low-load operation thanks to its semi-passive nature. The card comes overclocked out of the box to a GPU clock of 1050 MHz — that’s 5% above the reference clocks. This also means that the NITRO R9 FURY is currently the highest clocked R9 FURY on the market. Memory frequency has remained at 500 MHz, most probably because it already offers 512 GB/s of bandwidth and certainly isn’t a bottleneck of any kind.
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