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XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Conclusion:

XFX's Triple Dissipation cooling-equipped R9 Fury is an enthusiast level graphics card that delivers competitive or better gaming performance at its price point. Square in that price point is the GTX 980 from NVIDIA. Part of what I have seen in this test is that some games perform better with one brand or the other, with the vast majority being brand indifferent. That being said, the XFX R9 Fury with its Triple Dissipation cooler delivers competitive or better gaming performance when compared to the GTX 980. Where this card really starts to shine in the comparison testing is when the resolution increases and the increased memory bandwidth starts to help gaming performance.

Earlier reviews of the R9 Fury pointed out a lack of overclocking capability, especially when talking about the High Bandwidth Memory. I found that I was able to squeeze some additional clock speed headroom out of both the Fiji core and the HBM. In my testing I was able to see clock speed increases of over 10%. Pretty stout for a card with supposedly no overclocking headroom. In each case, the R9 Fury delivered improved gaming performance with the clock speed bump. To reach the tuned clock speeds I did have to push more current through the core. Usually this results in a significant bump in the card's thermals. However, the Tripe Dissipation cooling system XFX worked on does a phenomenal job at keeping the components cool. In fact, this has been one of the best cooling solution/GPU combos I have ever tested. XFX's six heat pipe, dual fin array solution just gets it done, and quietly. Even when the IP-5x fan speeds are cranked up, the noise penalty is not severe in any way. Especially when you have the chassis buttoned up.

AMD-based video cards over the past few generations have not been known for being frugal with the money you spend with the electric company. However, even running with an additional fan, this iteration of the R9 Fury is markedly better with the current draw from the wall. At idle it uses more current, but under load the margin over the R9 390X is substantial. The R9 Fury cannot match the power efficiency of the green team, but this is a step in the right direction.

As an AMD flagship video card, the R9 Fury Triple Dissipation allows the user to take advantage of the AMD ecosystem. Things like FreeSync, Liquid VR, Eyefinity display solutions up to six screens, Mantle, and so much more. I have to say that after looking at the XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation, you get a card that is price and performance competitive with the GTX 980 in most of the games I have tested. Priced at $479, you get a card that can play many of today's AAA titles at resolutions up to 4K if you tweak your settings to take advantage of the card's strengths.

 

Pros:

  • Triple Dissipation cooling
  • Low noise
  • Improved current draw
  • Gaming performance
  • Overclocking
  • Power consumption improvements

 

Cons:

  • Some coil whine
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