We loved the R9 Fury X, the fact that it was an enclosed card with no vents made it a great look; however, the additional liquid cooling unit meant you needed a case large enough to host the 120mm radiator and also small enough so the pipes can reach between the card and the radiator.
Our friends over a TweakTown have now reported that the R9 Fury will ditch the water cooling unit and add on a traditional air cooler. “According to our industry insiders, the Radeon R9 Fury will feature 3584 Stream Processors, down from the 4096 on the full Fury X. The Fiji-based GPU will be clocked at 1050MHz, which is identical to that of the Fury X. We have 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory that provides the same 512GB/sec of bandwidth, clocked at 500MHz (1GHz effective). We are being told to expect temperatures of the Fiji PRO-based R9 Fury to be less than 75C, which is considerably higher than the 50C or so from the watercooled Fury X.”
So one restriction that sub-vendors have faced with the Fury X is the lack of creativity that they can implement into an already great cooling solution. With the air coolers, sub-vendors can now add their own flairs and we should start seeing some custom designs hit the market within the month.
We could possibly see a performance drop of around 10-15%, but if that’s followed with a similar price drop, we could see a great option against the NVIDIA GTX 980. Are you looking forward to the R9 Fury graphics card? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to TweakTown for providing us with this information.