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Quick Review: Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Desktop GPU

Quick Review: Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Desktop GPU

The Fury is AMD’s series of top-notch high-end performance graphic cards, and Sapphire’s version of the R9 Fury is bang on buck. Needless to say, it is well equipped to handle anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat. Take a look at these specs to get started:

GPU 3584 Stream Processors
28 nm
Graphics Core Next (GCN)
1020 MHz  Engine Clock
Interface PCI-Express 3.0
Memory 4096 bit Memory Bus
HBM Memory Type
1000 MHz Effective Memory Clock
4096 MB Size
BIOS Support Legacy BIOS
Displays Maximum 5 Outputs
Output 1 x DVI-D
1 x HDMI
3 x DisplayPort
Resolution 4096X2160 Pixel DisplayPort Resolution
2500×1600 Pixel Dual Link DVI Resolution
2160P HDMI Resolution
API OpenGL® 4.5
OpenCL 2.0
DirectX® 12
Shader Model 5.0
Feature AMD CrossFire
AMD PowerTune
AMD ZeroCore Power Technology
FreeSync Technology
AMD Eyefinity
Quad HD Display (4K*2K Support)
Video Codec Engine (VCE)
AMD HD3D Technology
Component Heat Spreader
16K Hours Capacitor
Intelligent Fan Control
10mm Heat Pipe
AMD Tress FX Technology
AMD Liquid VR Technology
AMD Virtual Super Resolution(VSR)
AMD TrueAudio Technology
Cooling Tri-X fans
Two ball bearing
Form Factor 2.2 Part Slot Occupied
12.8x5x1.7 Dimension /Inch
307x125x45 Dimension /mm

With prices starting from about INR 47,000/- the R9 Fury offers impeccable  performance. In the 1080p benchmarks, the Fury played GTA V at an average of 50 FPS, 40 FPS for 1440p and 29 FPS for 4k, ultimately proving to be too much for the GPU. With overclocking, these framerates could be increased to about 30-37 FPS. For The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, these framerates were found to be an average of 83 FPS for 1080p and 61 FPS for 1440p (ultra settings, NVIDIA Hairworks turned off).

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3D Mark 11 score comparison for similar price range

The Fury appears to be quite impressive, with offering more than playable experiences at even the worst performance, which means you shouldn’t face any hitching or framerate drops even while running graphic intensive games.


The biggest concern, perhaps, for the GPU is the power consumption. When not running anything taxing, the card seems to draw power of about 101 W, while this can go as high as over 350 W, which is much more than other high end GPUs in the market. Also, the “Fiji” core is somewhat less efficient that the Intel “Haswell” architecture, resulting in a fewer number of hardware partners for AMD.

These things aside, the Fury has definitely been able to carve its own niche in the competitive market. If power consumption is not an issue for you, then you may not find a better card for your play style, which offers amazing performance at both 1080p and 1440p. Even the framerates in 4k are playable, making it a suitable card for all your gaming needs.

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