Different versions of Radeon R9 Fury can be count on one hand, and this card is found in sale most often. Let’s see how “owl” will show itself during normal settings.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury three months after the release is still rather a rare beast. The two producers were the first to support the launch – SAPPHIRE and ASUS – joined yet only by XFX and PowerColor (at least judging by the fact that currently is found in the price lists). Unlike SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury, ASUS product boasts a completely original design – as the cooling system, and the printed circuit board.
ASUS in this case decided not to deviate from the specifications of the reference Radeon R9 Fury. The GPU is clocked at up to 1GHz, the video memory HBM – in an efficient frequency of 1 GHz. This full-time utility GPU Tweak II would effectively add to GPU symbolic 20 MHz, increasing the limit of power consumption. It is possible that a serious manufacturer of factory overclocking reserved for the more expensive model, based on GPU Fiji.
Package is traditional for ASUS top graphics cards: paper documentation, CD with software and an adapter with two six-pin connector on one eight-power.
ASUS STRIX R9 Fury is equipped with a proprietary system cooler DirectCU III, which in this case is with serious dimensions, befitting to energy usage (275 watts). Outside we see three fan impellers having a diameter of 90 mm – on the one hand, and a protective plate that covers most of the PCB – on the other. Redhead frame in front of the GPU, tightly bonded to the PCB, protects the board from deformation.
At the end of the casing of the cooling system is integrated LED pulsating in operation of the device. Two other indicators are located near the power connector. They light up when the cables are not connected to the motherboard (red light) or loosely connected (white signal).
What more striking when viewed from the outside – it’s only port DVI-D, installed in addition to the three outputs DisplayPort 1.2 and one HDMI 1.4. The reference card for the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X has got rid of the old interface, which nevertheless is still widely used.
Under the hood with the fans we see a massive radiator imbued with heat pipes of various diameters – up to 10 mm. The flattened ends of the tubes form the basis of which transfer heat of GPU and memory chips HBM. ASUS will not compensate for the difference in height of these chips: the gap between the memory and the base of the cooler is filled with a thicker layer of thermal paste. Other sole radiator is pressed against the system board power transistors.
The original PCB of this video card is different from the reference Radeon R9 Fury X, on which a card of SAPPHIRE. A large area of PCB allows placing 12 power phases, 10 of which use GPU. Two eight-power connectors, coupled with PCIe x16 slot card, provides up to 425 watts of power, although, of course, in practice Radeon R9 Fury will not exhaust this limit without extreme cooling.