• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: AMD R9 Fury
  • Memory: 4GB HBM
  • Ports: DisplayPort x3, HDMI x1, DVI x1
  • Slot Size: Double
  • Dimensions: 300 x 137 x40 mm
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Design
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Power consumption
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike): 12,324 points
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike): 6,166 points
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike): 3,132 points
  • Unigine Heaven: 2,231 points

The Fury Cometh

Last month, AMD unveiled its latest line of GPUs, which included the R9 390, R9 390X as well as the Fury and Fury X cards; with the last two cards running on AMD’s new Fiji XT GPUs, running HBM memory. ASUS wasted no time slapping its Direct CU III cooler to the air-cooled R9 Fury, and this time we’ll be taking a look at how the card performs.

The ASUS R9 Fury X is powered by AMD’s new Fuji XT processor that is also inside the water-cooled Fury X. Whilst it features a slightly lower shader count than the Fury X at 3,584. The Fury also features 4GB of HBM memory, which sadly is not overclockable.

Two 8-pin PCIE power plugs are required to power up the ASUS R9 Fury

Two 8-pin PCIE power plugs are required to power up the ASUS R9 Fury

Unlike the Fury X, manufacturers have the option to deck the Fury with their own cooling systems, and ASUS did the right thing by putting in its DirectCU III cooler onto it, improving the card’s temperature and performance levels thanks to its three 10cm fans.

In order to power up the R9 Fury, two 8-pin PCIe power plugs are required, with the card itself drawing around 375W of TDP, which is a bit on the high side. At the back are three DisplayPorts, one HDMI port and one DVI port, which can be used in tandem with AMD’s Eyefinity display tech.

As its name implies, the Fury is an amazing graphics card that is superbly powerful. In our tests, it churns through 1080p gaming without so much as breaking a sweat. The DirectCU III fans don’t kick in until it hits a certain temperature threshold, and in our tests, short of playing the most powerful games, such as Shadow of Mordor, Grand Theft Auto V and The Witcher 3, the card remains as silent as can be.

The ASUS R9 Fury sports three DisplayPorts and one each of HDMI and DVI ports for video-out options

The ASUS R9 Fury sports three DisplayPorts and one each of HDMI and DVI ports for video-out options

One main concern that users would have about the Fury is the temperature levels. Again, thanks to the DirectCU III cooler, the Fury ran not only markedly cooler, but silent as well, even when the fans are running at full whack.

Whilst performance is absolutely excellent, one downside to the card, and every Fury and Fury X card is that the HBM memory cannot be overclocked. Eventually we may be able to do this on future cards, but for the moment, we’re stuck with the 500MHz memory

CHIP CONCLUDE: The R9 Fury is a superb graphics card, and the ASUS Strix cooler simply makes it better, thanks to its temperature regulation capabilities and Zero db silent fan operation, making the card silent and powerful.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

ASUS Strix R9 Fury