While the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X was officially announced yesterday, a lot more details on the card came out last night when many people were able to see the card taken apart and much more. The first thing that I want to talk about is the cooling system because this is part of the card that we really did not know much about, besides that fact it has a 120 mm radiator.
AMD Radeon Fury X Cooling System Detailed
Above is a shot under the hood of the R9 Fury X. The cooler for the card was custom designed by Cooler Master. The pump and block had to be specifically design for the Fiji chip as no commercially available AiO cooler would fit the surface area of Fiji.
There is a full cover baseplate that covers all components and a heatpipe that was designed to cover VRM components as well. According to AMD during typical gaming scenario’s the GPU temperature should be around ~50C.
AMD R9 Fury X Disassembled
The above photo was made by the guys over at Hardware Canucks and shows the difference between the R9 290X and the new R9 Fury X. We can see the area for memory and the GPU is much, much smaller now. This is because of the implementation of HBM on the interposer. Because of this we have a much shorter card, which means you’ll be able to install this card easier in more small form factor systems. The Fury X has two 8pin PCI-Express power connectors, but the TDP is rated at 275W. We have to remember that TDP has nothing to do with power consumption, so wait for the reviews to see how much power this card really needs. Finally we notice the round capacitors found on the R9 290X are gone, these produce coil wine, so the absence of them on the Fury X is a good thing.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Far Cry 4 4K Performance
AMD only released performance figures for one game using the R9 Fury X. The game was Far Cry 4 and they used Ultra settings at 4K resolution. According to AMD the card will play the game at these settings with an average frames per second of 54 and it should not drop below 43 FPS. These are quite good conditions, although how does this compare to other graphics cards? We really don’t know because we don’t know the hardware that the Fury X was tested on. AnandTech did do a review of the Titan X and GTX 980 Ti using Far Cry 4 at Ultra Settings and 4K resolution.
Looking at these results we could assume that the Fury X performs 10 FPS faster than both of these cards.