AMD’s R9 Fury and Voltage Control Coming Soon
Many people began complaining about the overclocking headroom on the Fury X when it released. This issue seemed odd to say the least. First, Lisa Su herself said that the new cards would be great for overclocking. Second, the load temperatures for Fury X were amazing on top of having a very robust power delivery design! This normally leads to tons of overclocking headroom. It turns out, there’s a pretty good reason why voltage control for Fiji has been a slow go but it looks like we might get said voltage control about the time the Fury line up launches.
Some people were getting pretty concerned that the Fury X voltage was locked which led to claims of a very disappointing launch. To be fair, if AMD had locked the voltage control, that would be an utter failure. However, a statement released by Unwinder, known for the RivaTuner overclocking software that forms the basis of most 3rd party overclocking software, explains why there’s been such a long delay. To sum it up, AMD’s voltage control hardware isn’t as easy to code as NVIDIA’s is. To make matters worse, Unwinder didn’t get a review sample at the time others did so the process was delayed even further. For more details, check out the links below but the good news is, voltage regulation might be coming with the release of the R9 Fury.
The R9 Fury might be the more threatening card than the Fury X. It starts with a $549 launch price, which if it performs close to the 980 Ti, will make it a compelling alternative and it’s been given full permission for AIBs to do anything they can imagine to it, which means we’ll certainly see some high quality components being used in construction as well as some great air-cooling designs. In light of what Fury is lining up to be, it makes a little more sense why NVIDIA could be considering price cuts for their latest Maxwell architecture. On top of that, the Fury Nano could be releasing with a full FIJI die that is just clocked down to lower speeds for power efficiency and size. Seeing a full line up of Fiji based GPUs from AMD makes the enthusiast market much more interesting than before.
Some people wanted to see the perfect Fury X launch that would utterly destroy the 980 Ti in competition. The reality is, AMD needed to prove that they could release something that was as innovative and powerful as Maxwell is and Fiji hit the mark. Once drivers have a chance to mature and the voltage regulation supports the new chips, I think we’ll be seeing a great offering from AMD that is on par with what NVIDIA is offering. AMD really stepped up their game this time. Let’s just hope they can keep up the trend next year with 16nm and Zen.