ASUS STRIX R9 Fury DC3 Video Card Review

AMD's Radeon Fury X is here, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury presents itself and we evaluate a full retail custom ASUS STRIX R9 Fury using ASUS' new DirectCU III technology. We will compare this to a GeForce GTX 980 using the new drivers AMD just released and find out what kind of gameplay experience the R9 Fury has to offer.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

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Driver Setup

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For the new ASUS STRIX R9 Fury AMD just provided us a new Catalyst driver which has some big improvements and updates to it. This is Catalyst 15.7 "AMD-Catalyst-15.7-With-DOTNet45-Win8.1-64bit." We will post the complete driver info screenshot below so you can compare with what you have. That driver has become public.

This driver is superior to the "15.15" driver we used in the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X launch. Why is 15.7 superior to 15.15? The reason is because 15.7 is the "Catalyst" version, while 15.15 is the "Driver Packaging" version. These are two different things to explain the version of drivers. In fact, Catalyst version 15.7 we are using today is using a newer Driver Packaging Version, 15.20. Therefore, 15.20 is higher and superior to the 15.15 Driver Packaging Version we used in the R9 Fury X review.

This driver is newer and we have seen some performance increases. We have experienced large performance improvements in Far Cry 4. It is possible there are other games that benefit as well.

As such, it would be completely unfair to include AMD Radeon Fury X data in this evaluation based on the 15.15 Driver Packing Version driver we used in the initial evaluation knowing that this new 15.20 driver may change performance for the positive.

Therefore, we are going to hold off including the AMD Radeon Fury X in this review and we are instead going to re-evaluate the AMD Radeon Fury X with the Catalyst 15.7 driver and then compare all of the video cards together in an upcoming follow-up evaluation.

For the GTX 980 Ti we are using the new GeForce 353.30 driver. We have re-evaluated and updated all of the GeForce GTX 980 data using this new driver and latest game patches, all data in this evaluation is new and fresh and completely up to date. All driver settings are at default.

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