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XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Review

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XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Testing:

Temperature Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 
 

 

 

Power Consumption:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 
 

 

When you look at the cooling results, it's readily apparent that XFX's Triple Dissipation cooling system eliminates the need for a liquid cooled solution for AMDs new Fiji core. At idle, the fans slow down to a crawl and reduce the noise signature of the card and do not really ramp up until you put a 3D load on the R9 Fury. The idle results are not that impressive on their own, but when you look at the temperatures delivered under load, the Triple Dissipation cooling solution delivers the best cooling results I have seen on an AMD-based video card in quite some time.

The power consumption results do not paint as rosy a picture when you look at the idle power consumption values. At idle, the R9 Fury delivers the highest current draw in the group. Under load you see the improvements AMD has made over the prior generation cards. The R9 Fury uses between 80 and 90 watts less current than the R9 390X under load, but cannot hit the efficiency numbers of the GTX 980. Nevertheless, I see a tremendous improvement in power consumption with the R9 Fury.




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