R9 fury: AMD Radeon R9 FURY Specs

SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY Technical Overview

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.

GeForce GTX 980 Radeon R9 FURY SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 FURY
Graphics Processor GM204 Fiji Fiji
Transistors 5200M 8900M 8900M
Shader Units 2048 3584 3584
ROPs 64 64 64
TMUs 128 224 224
Core Clock 1126 MHz + Turbo 1000 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Clock 1750 MHz 500 MHz 500 MHz
Memory Size 4096 MB 4096 MB 4096 MB
Memory Bus 256 bit 4096 bit 4096 bit
Memory Bandwidth 224 GB/s 512 GB/s 512 GB/s

Accessories

Inside the box, you will find:

  • A Graphics card
  • A User’s manual
  • A Driver DVD
  • A SAPPHIRE Select Club registration code
  • An HDMI cable

The Card

The SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY is based on the company’s own, non-reference PCB, which is significantly longer than AMD’s reference design.

There is a special backplate on the back of the card that protects all sensitive components and also increases cooling efficiency.

That backplate has been designed to prevent the PCB from bending during long-term usage. As you can see, power delivery requires two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

Because of the size of Tri-X cooling system, installation requires a case with three slots.

Display connectivity options include three full-size DisplayPorts, one DVI-D port (no analog output) and a single HDMI 1.4a port.

Each fan’s diameter is exactly 90 mm. This may not seem like much but in fact they are capable of delivering very high airflow with minimal noise.

Thanks to the fans very high possible rotational speed, they provide excellent cooling under all possible conditions, including very high ambient temperatures.

SAPPHIRE’s second generation of Intelligent Fan Control technology, or IFC II, also ensures the lowest possible fan noise in all low-load scenarios. All three fans are completely switched off in idle mode and turn on one by one as conditions require.

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i5-4690S
Motherboard MSI Z97 MPower Max AC
Memory Patriot Viper Xtreme 8 GB DDR3-1866 @ 2400 MHz CL 10-12-10-30-1T
Hard Disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB
Power Supply Enermax Platimax 1350 W
Case Antec Twelve Hundred V3
Display AOC Q2577PWQ
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Drivers Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix and GeForce Game Ready Driver 361.43

 

All of our tests were conducted during real gameplay with Fraps 3.5.99, and all the results on the charts are the arithmetic means of three test runs. Timer resolution was set to the lowest possible value of 0. 5 ms. Screenshots below represent actual benchmark locations.

All games were set to their highest quality setting with the exception of Advanced PhysX, HairWorks and TressFX. These vendor-specific technologies are very demanding and may also be unfair to the rival camp.

Performance Results

Fan Noise

The Enermax Platimax 1350 W was replaced with a Digifanless 550 W for fan noise tests to ensure high-quality readings unaffected by PSU fan noise. The ambient noise was exactly 32,5 dBA. Room temperature ranged from 21 to 22 °C. GPU-Z 0.8.6 was used to perform temperature readings. Both tested graphics cards were subjected to 15 minutes of Crysis 3 gameplay and left for 10 minutes to cool down.

The fan noise tests were conducted with a Voltcraft SL-100 digital sound level meter placed 40 cm away from the case, at the projected height of a user’s ears. All other fans were turned off for the duration of the tests.

SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY features a physical power limit switch  Under 260W power setting, the fan speed in load sits around 1350 rpm.  That goes up to about 1600rpm under 300W setting.

Overclocking

The overclocking results listed in this section were achieved with SAPPHIRE’s TriXX utility. Core voltage, power limits and fan speed were maxed out to remove any potential bottlenecks during the overclocking. Furthermore, the card was subjected to 15 minutes of intensive Crysis 3 gameplay to really put its stability to the test.

Maximum overclock of our sample is a very impressive 1200 MHz on the GPU—that’s over 14% higher than stock frequency! There can be no doubt that this is among the best overclocking R9 FURY cards on the market. The overclocking potential of the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY is very similar to many non-reference GTX 980 cards.

HBM memory doesn’t show that much OC potential yet. The maximum stable clock was 550 MHz, just 10% above stock value. You’d nonetheless have to admit that 512 GB/s of memory bandwidth is already a monster value and further overclocking doesn’t produce any extra performance to speak of.

Conclusion

Why SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY:

  • Overclocked out of the box
  • Backplate included
  • Excellent performance at 1080p
  • Decent performance at 1440p
  • Low temperatures
  • Noiseless in idle
  • Quiet under load
  • Great overclocking capabilities

There is no doubt that SAPPHIRE NITRO  R9 FURY is a great gaming graphics card and a welcome addition to the NITRO Gaming Series family. First and foremost, it offers great performance that is highly competitive with non-reference GeForce GTX 980 cards. While it is slightly slower than its competitor at Full HD at times, it really shines at higher resolutions, showing its true potential. The average performance of SAPPHIRE’s card at 1440p is about 4% higher than a factory-overclocked GTX 980 and this difference will be even higher at 4K.

Another great advantage of the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY is its amazing cooling system. SAPPHIRE’s Tri-X really does an excellent job here at keeping the Fiji GPU at very safe temperatures without making any disturbing noise. As a matter of fact, you won’t hear a thing (that’s right, it’s completely noiseless) in idle mode thanks to its semi-passive operating mode. Of course, it is possible to manually adjust fan speeds and achieve almost completely noiseless operation or extreme cooling capabilities. Tri-X is a very versatile cooling solution, one that is going to satisfy all the needs of computer enthusiasts.

It would also be a shame not to mention SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY’s exceptional overclocking capabilities. This card really leaves any would-be competitor in the dust, achieving an unbelievable 1200 MHz on a GPU. While most R9 FURY-based cards can reach about 1100-1150 MHz, this card is a proud exception. Most importantly, we are talking about overclocking capabilities that fall within the range of most non-reference GTX 980 cards. Although HBM memory overclocking capabilities are not that impressive, there is no reason to complain about it. Needless to say, SAPPHIRE’s engineers have done an top-notch job with NITRO R9 FURY’s overclocking capabilities.

This card is a great product for all gamers looking for superior performance, exceptional overclocking capabilities and a great cooling system. If you’re in the market for an R9 FURY-based card, check out the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY. Recommended highly for all enthusiasts out there!

Year of the NITRO

As part of the Year of the NITRO celebration, which coincidentally began today, you can win this very card – the SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY. Head over to Year of the NITRO page and enter now!


SAPPHIRE Technology

Used — Very Good: SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card 100379NTOC+SR

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 100379NTOC+SR 4GB 4096-Bit HBM TRI-X OC+ (UEFI) Video Card

A premium choice for hardcore gamers and VR enthusiasts, the SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 FURY delivers extreme 4K performance and unbelievably “real” VR experiences. It is based on an exciting new GPU from AMD that combines Graphics Core Next architecture with the revolutionary high bandwidth memory (HBM). It employs an array of innovative technologies – LiquidVR, AMD FreeSync, TrueAudio, AMD Eyefinity, etc., enabling truly game-changing performance with captivating sights and sounds, as well as next-generation VR performance.

Cooled by the award-winning Tri-X cooler, the NITRO FURY comes with the SAPPHIRE original PCB design with enhanced power design for better power efficiency. The design goal of new SAPPHIRE NITRO FURY is cool, quiet and overclockable for gamers who want the best out of its class.

AMD LiquidVR Technology

LiquidVR is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” — a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.” Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVR uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.

AMD Freesync Technology

No stuttering. No tearing. Just gaming.

AMD FreeSync technology allows a compatible graphics card and monitor to dynamically change frame rates for the optimum display quality without tearing or stuay.

Industry-Standard Displayport

Freesync uses industry-standard displayport Adaptive-Sync to eliminate screen tearing without all the usual lag and latency.

  • Synchronizes the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the frame rate of your content, however much it varies.
  • Monitor partners are validating with drivers from AMD now.

High Bandwidth Memory

Introducing HBM, a new type of memory chip with low power consumption, ultra-wide communication lanes and a revolutionary new stacked configuration. HBM’s vertical stacking and fast information transfer open the door for truly exciting performance in innovative form factors. And GPU applications are just the start – look for HBM’s superior power efficiency and space savings to spark industry-wide innovation.

Revolutionary HBM Breaks the Processing Bottleneck

High-bandwidth

Performance well beyond DDR4/GDDR5/LPDDR4 high bandwidth

Power Efficiency

>3X the performance per watt of GDDR5

Small Form Factors

94% less PCB surface area than GDDR5

Innovation

New interconnects, interposer & DRAM type designed by AMD

DirectX 12 Support

DirectX 12 is a new, “console-like” graphics API from Microsoft that empowers game developers with more direct and obvious control of PC hardware. This direct or “explicit” control better exposes the hardware resources of AMD Radeon GPUs to yield higher hardware throughput and, ultimately, more performance for users. To put it simply: much more efficient hardware through smarter software! At the discretion of a game developer, this superior efficiency can be spent on higher framerates, lower latency (VR), lower power consumption, better image quality, or some calculated balance of all four. In any scenario, gamers stand to benefit greatly from choosing AMD hardware to run their favorite DirectX 12 game.

AMD Eyefinity Technology

Multidisplay technology for gaming, productivity and entertainment

AMD Eyefinity technology expands the traditional limits of desktop computing by multiplying your screen area. With multiple monitors, games become more immersive, workstations become more useful and you become more productive (an average of 42% more productive according to one study).

Take your PC games to the next level of reality and immersion. Most modern games look great on three screens, and only AMD Radeon graphics offer you the ability to play across five screens for an eye-popping gaming experience. Other combinations and configurations with up to six screens work too. Create your dream display.

AMD Crossfire Technology

Harness the power of multiple GPUs

AMD CrossFire technology is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Unlocking game-dominating power, AMD CrossFire harnesses the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to dramatically improve gaming performance. AMD CrossFire technology ready graphics cards fit practically every budget. With the flexibility to combine two, three or four GPUs, AMD CrossFire technology is the perfect solution for those who demand extreme performance.

Enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3)

Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p (and beyond!) display resolution. Enjoy a feature rich video experience with enhanced Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD 3), offloading the bulk of the video decoding tasks from the CPU to the GPU allowing for a cooler, quieter and more balanced system.

AMD TrueAudio Technology

Your games now sound as good as they look

The expectations of gamers have never been higher. Graphics quality and processing speed have advanced rapidly, and the games of today are light years ahead of those from just a few years ago. But advancements in game audio have been more sporadic and less widely adopted.

Sound is a critically important part of the immersive experience for gamers and sound engineers are eager to advance their art, but they haven’t enjoyed the same kind of attention that continually drives graphics improvements. Until now.

What it means for gamers

By leveraging AMD TrueAudio technology, game developers now have the ability to recreate acoustic environments with incredible fidelity, and to bring them to every gamer. With AMD technology inside all the most popular “next-generation” gaming platforms, including the PC, gamers across the entire industry will finally enjoy the best audio today’s technology can offer.

Two-ball Bearing

Dual ball bearings on the fan spindles ensure smooth running and long life and are designed to keep out dust. A quiet cooling solution, Two ball-bearing fan features a high-efficiency blade design.

Intelligent Fan Control

Traditional graphic cards cooling solutions mainly focus on keeping GPU at lower operation temperature while balance acoustic for end users to enjoy a quieter gaming experience. At Sapphire, the experienced thermal experts always fine tuning the fan control table for each graphic card they designed.

With more and more transistors and integration of High bandwidth memory (HBM), Sapphire introduces an even more intelligent scheme to monitor and dynamically adjust the fan speeds. This so called IFC (Intelligent Fan Control) not only limited to cooling GPU cores but also inputs from HBM, Power control logics (like MOSFETS). With integrated SMU, there is a smart algorithm to received temperature reading from multiple inputs, i. e., multiple GPUs power cores, external Bridge control logics, voltage regulator MOSFETs. It will also take the current application loading, environment temperature into consideration.

The benefit of this new intelligent fan control methodology is users can always expect the best performance, quieter environment based on whole graphics systems without need to worry about the manual fan table adjustments.

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Review of the MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming 2G graphics card: dragon’s rage. Our site already has reviews of the R7 series video cards — ASUS Radeon R7 260X and Sapphire Radeon R7 265, and in this article we will talk about the MSI solution, which is based on the Radeon R9 270 graphics chip.

It has a 256-bit bus, factory overclocking, the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooling system and a few more features that I will cover in this review.

Package Contents

The graphics card comes with an illustrated user manual, a small information brochure, a CD with drivers and utilities, a DVI to D-Sub adapter, and a power adapter.

Design

The tested video card is made in MSI’s corporate gaming style — black color with red accents is perfectly combined here.

The cooling system is implemented in a two-slot design. Sufficiently large fans immediately catch your eye, while the cooling radiator protrudes slightly beyond the board.

The card is 25.6 cm long and the circuit board itself is almost 22 cm long.

The interface panel features a classic set of connectors for this kind of video cards — DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. There is a 6-pin connector for power connection.

The board is made of black textolite. Elements on it are placed quite tightly.

The video card uses a four-phase power subsystem.

At the center of the board is a 28nm Curacao chip with 1280 stream processors. By default, it has already received factory overclocking and operates at a frequency of 975 MHz with base 900 MHz.

The GPU is surrounded by eight Elpida W2032BBBG-6A-F chips, which are combined into 2 GB of memory.

Separately, it is worth mentioning that the components used are certified according to the military standard MIL-STD-810G — this will help to cope with even the most extreme overclocking.

MSI engineers also use energy-efficient Hi-C CAPs and aluminum core SOLID CAPs to produce lower series resistance.

Do not forget about ferrite core coils, which contribute to more stable overclocking of the graphics core.

Cooling and overclocking

As I already mentioned, the video card is equipped with a Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooling system.

The heatsink is a composite aluminum module with heat dissipation tubes and uses patented 100mm Propeller Blade fans (Power Logic PLD10010S12HH) for airflow.

This solution is used even in more expensive models of video cards from the manufacturer.

Testing took place on an open stand, and the room temperature was about 25°C.

Without additional overclocking, in idle mode, the chip temperature varies by several units within 35°C, while the coolers operate almost silently within 1000 rpm. /min

The FurMark 1.15.2.2 graphics test increased the temperature to 75°C and despite this increase, the cooling system was still very quiet.

For overclocking, I used the manufacturer’s native utility — MSI AfterBurner.

In it, I increased the core frequency from the factory 975 MHz to 1100 MHz, and the memory frequency to 1600 MHz.

Unfortunately, I was not able to change the core voltage, as this function was blocked.

In the FurMark 1.15.2.2 stress test, the video card warmed up to 79 ° C, while the cooler speed reached 1961 rpm.

Despite this, the noise of the cooling system did not go beyond a comfortable level, and given that, as a rule, the video card is used in a closed case, users will definitely not hear the roar of the fan blades.

Tests

Test bench configuration:

Processor

Intel Core i5-4670, 3.4 GHz, 6 MB cache

Motherboard

ASUS Z97-P

RAM

DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Sport 2 x 8 GB, 1600 MHz

ROM

SSD, Transcend SSD340, 64 GB

Power supply

Delta GPS-750AB A

Housing

CoolerMaster Test Bench V1. 0

Operating system

Windows 8.1 64-bit

Video card software

AMD Catalyst 14.12

Tested using synthetic benchmarks 3DMark 11, 3DMark 13, and Heaven Benchmark 4.0, as well as Dying Light, Mortal Kombat X, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and GTA V. 9frames / s, despite the fact that during the game the maximum value reached 62 frames / s. Fraps averaged 47 fps.

The less demanding Mortal Kombat X averaged 43 fps at max settings.

In the case of Dragon Age: Inquisition, the situation is as follows — the minimum value was 17 fps, and the average value stopped at 39 fps.

GTA 5 boasts a minimum of 41 fps, an average of 57 fps and a maximum of 60 fps.

In general, the video card, even in the factory overclocked mode, will cope with most current games with graphics settings above average and a comfortable fps level.

Impressions

MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming 2G is a mid-range graphics card with a fairly efficient cooling system, excellent performance and factory overclocking.

Fans of overclocking should like proprietary overclocking utilities and the ability to «squeeze» the chip frequency to the performance of a more efficient video card — R9270X, saving you some money to upgrade your other gaming PC components.

Features

• Effective cooling system •

• 100 mm coolers •

• Silent work •

• 2 GB GDDR5-memory •

• Good set of connectors •

• Zavodskoy Exclusion • 901

SPEC

Model

MSI Radeon R9270 Gaming 2G R9_270_GAMING_2G

GPU

Radeon R9 270 (Curacao)

Process

28 nm

Memory type

GDDR5

Memory size

2.048 GB

GPU base frequency

900 MHz

Memory frequency

5600 MHz

Number of transistors

2.

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