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XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Video Card Review

Today we take a look at the XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation video card from XFX, sporting a custom cooler that is sure to keep temperatures cool and operation stable. We will be comparing it with a custom overclocked GeForce GTX 980 video card in head-to-head competition to see which GPU delivers the best performance for the price.

Introduction

XFX is a well known company among PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts. It is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited. The XFX manufacturing branch specializes in high-performance PC hardware with a focus on gaming products including AMD and NVIDIA graphics processing units and motherboards.

On our test bench today is the XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation video card (R9-FURY-4TF9).

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The XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation is the second video card based on the AMD R9 Fury GPU that we have evaluated. The other AMD R9 Fury based video card that we examined was the ASUS STRIX R9 Fury DC3 back in July of 2015. Right now the XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation can be yours for $499 on Amazon.

With this price in mind, the closest competitor that NVIDIA has to offer is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video card, which is currently priced around $500, however it is available for much cheaper after rebates . Today we will be using a custom GeForce GTX 980 video card, the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC which is available for $439.95 after $50 rebate.

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The AMD Radeon R9 Fury is built on AMD's new "Fiji" GPU. This GPU has all of the same features as the AMD Radeon Fury X, however one of the clusters is disabled on-die, providing fewer stream processors and texture units, as well as a slightly lower clock speed. Comparing the two video cards, the R9 Fury has 3584Stream Processors compared to the Fury X's 4096. The R9 Fury has 224 Texture Units versus the Fury X's 256. The clock speed on the Fury operates up to 1000MHz while the Fury X will operate at 1050MHz. Both GPUs have 64 ROPs. The memory is also identical, using 4GB of HBM for 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Each video card has a TDP of 275W. The last defining difference is that the R9 Fury will air cooled, not liquid cooled like the Fury X.


XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation Video Card

The XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation particularly is based on the Fiji Pro architecture, which XFX puts into the enthusiast performance category. This video card has been built for maximum heat dispersion using air cooling. It has three fans that spread across the fan housing, two of which blow directly onto the PCB and GPU, and a third fan that is above an extended heatsink at the end of the video card.

Part of the heat dispersion strategy is to allow maximum overclocking headroom. XFX has not taken the liberty of manually overclocking the XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation before shipping it. We find the XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation operates at 1000MHz on the core, and 500MHz on the memory which effectively operates at 1000MHz in-game. There are 4GB of High-Bandwidth Memory on this video card. This is different from other GPUs, as the memory is on-chip with the GPU instead of a separate module, and assists in power management and efficiency.

The Triple Dissipation feature is a major selling point for this video card. Not only are there three fans and a massive heatsink, but there are 6 copper heatpipes that directly contact the GPU and spread across the entire heatsink. This allows highways for heat to travel down, into the finned heatsink to be dispersed by the fans. The amount of surface area on the heatsink and sheer weight of the video card leads us to believe it will operate extremely cool.

The XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation can be yours for $499 on Amazon. XFX also offers a 2-year limited parts and 2-year limited labor warranty. You can read more about the XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation here.


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The XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation ships in XFX's normal box, which is well packaged and secured in an anti-static bag. The accessory package includes a quick installation guide, driver CD, warranty card, and two 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe power adaptors.

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The XFX R9 Fury Triple Dissipation video card is printed on a black PCB which is much smaller than the total video card size. The PCB measures 7 and 5/8th inches in length out of the total 12 inches. That means the extra 4 and 3/8th inches of length is designated for the additional heatsink which hovers at the end of the video card. Since the heatsink is not directly over the PCB, it should be able to more efficiently push heat away from the GPU. The three fans are evenly spaced over the video card, and the heat sink is rather large, allowing for maximum heat dispersion.

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The rear I/O panel houses three DisplayPort connectors and a single HDMI connector. XFX recommends a 750W to 850W power supply to operate correctly, which will require two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. It is a pretty big video card thanks to the added cooling, measuring a whole 12 inches in length, 2 inches wide, and is a little shorter than most video cards at 4.5 inches in height.