• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X
  • Memory: 4GB HBM
  • Ports: 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-slot
  • Dimensions: 198 x 125 x 40mm
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Water cooling
  • Cons:
  • Power consumption
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 13,755 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 7,292 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 3,966 points

Unleash Your Inner Fury

The battle between the red and green camp has been going on for who knows how long, both sides never faltering in their endless pursuit to create the best graphics card. AMD brings to the plate a new type of memory technology coined High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). This technology allowed AMD to in a way stack memory chips on top of each other to reduce space usage, reduce power consumption and still retain great performance.

The Radeon R9 Fury X is but one of the graphic cards that uses the revolutionary HBM technology and we received the PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X for us to play around with. Out of the box, the Fury X has a very minimalistic design, no fancy shroud but a nice matte black slightly textured shroud with no fans. Instead of regular air-cooling, the Fury X uses a closed loop liquid cooler instead and comes with a large fan connected to the card via its cooling tubes.

The graphic card is clocked in at 1050MHz for its engine clock and 500MHz (1.0Gbps) for its memory clock while sporting 4GB of HBM memory. The card also supports multiple technologies such as CrossFireX to use multiple Fury X’s, Eyefinity for multiple monitor setups, DirectX 12 support, and of course AMD’s very own FreeSync.

The Fury X alone doesn’t have much presence due to its size which is considerably small if you take into account that it’s AMD’s most powerful card in the R9 series, although the cooling fan does take up quite a bit of space. The Fury X is a beast of a card, easily playing Witcher 3 in Ultra settings and 1440p resolutions. While at the same time the Fury X runs cool and quiet at an average of 45-50 degrees under load.

The bad side about the Fury X we would say is the large power that is needed to run it on your PC. PowerColor rated their Fury X with needing a minimum of 750W of system power, and when compared to the 980 Ti’s 600W minimum power requirement it’s definitely something that AMD could do better at. 

CHIP CONCLUDE: Powerful and power hungry the Fury X is a great buy for anyone looking for a powerful, cool and quiet graphic card and already has the right PSU to support its high minimum power requirement.

(previously published in issue January 2016)

PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X