The Big List of R9 Fury X Reviews
After long last, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is released and reviewed! The reviews have some varied conclusions, but the overall result seems to be a high end release that is neck-in-neck with not only the GTX 980 Ti, but the Titan X as well. 4K gaming isn’t a problem for the Fury X and temperatures are among the best ever seen for a top tier graphics card. There are plenty of results to pour over with the various reviews, but overall, there a couple of important takeaways to consider with what is shaping up to be an excellent release from AMD.
Let’s start with a very simple fact that can easily be overlooked. The R9 Fury X is competing with cards that are considered far more capable. While HBM is the giant ace in the hole, both of NVIDIA’s competing cards have more memory with the Titan X having a massive 12 GB DDR5. Even so, this doesn’t stop the Fury X from scaling incredibly as the resolutions gets higher. Once again, HBM is the reason for this massive improvement in pixel crunching power, but imagine how much potential we’ve yet to see as HBM is further developed down the road. Even if the Fury X is trading blows in certain titles, the design is a massive win for how small the form factor is combined with how little on board memory the card has.
Let’s dig into some other performance factors that should be considered with the conclusions of the Fury X release. The big one is optimization. Unlike the Titan X and 980 Ti which have had driver optimization with Maxwell architecture being on the market for some time now, Fiji is completely new. This doesn’t mean to expect any massive improvements, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see an extra 3-5% increase as time goes by. Also, while overclocking is limited for the time being, it shouldn’t be a permanent thing. The Fury X has a great power delivery design that can support hefty overclocks. While some reviews pointed out being disappointed with the overclocking headroom, others were quick to point out that voltage regulation wasn’t supported by overclocking software yet. In theory, we shouldn’t see the full potential of Fury X until then.
One final consideration to keep in mind with the Fury X is DirectX 12. If Async shaders work well, then Fiji could have a serious FPS advantage with the new API. Depending on how widely it’s adopted, AMD could become a much more coveted brand with new game releases. This doesn’t mean that NVIDIA is out though, since they have some impressive lighting features that are unique to their platform with DirectX 12. On the other hand, if a buyer is looking at raw FPS, DirectX 12 could give the Fury X a more serious advantage. Hopefully, we’ll see some updated reviews after the release of Windows 10 and better optimization.
Overall, it looks like AMD has positioned themselves very well to be extremely competitive in the raw performance arena rather than the performance to cost one. If the aforementioned details get cleared up while showing some good performance, the R9 Fury X will have no trouble taking the title from NVIDIA as being the best graphics card to own for the time being. Lisa Su claimed that Fiji was the most powerful GPU in world. Considering that it can pretty much tie the Titan X in gaming performance, while having the massive 8.6 teraflops of compute, it seems that the Fury X has lived up to it’s reputation. The best news for us is that it gives consumers a good competitive market for future purchases, as well as giving us long strides in innovation. I’d call that a win-win. Check out the links below for full reviews on the Fury X.