Sapphire Nitro OC R9 Fury Graphics Card Review

Overclocking and Overclocked Performance


The Fiji architecture’s stock clocks are quite aggressive and doesn’t allow for major overclocking headroom. Despite this, there is still some growth for manual overclocking providing you adopt a patient approach. On this particular GPU, I managed to increase the core from 1050MHz to 1165MHz, and encountered a good memory boost to 560MHz. Please note, MSI Afterburner can cause some stability issues when overclocking on AMD hardware. To access memory overclocking and reach your chip’s potential, I would recommend downloading Sapphire’s TriXX instead.

3DMark Fire Strike

Rather surprisingly, the Nitro Fury’s overclock allows for better performance than the water cooled Fury X. This emphasizes the quality of cooling on offer and ability to set very good benchmark scores.

However, during 2560×1440 testing, the Fury X regains the status quo and achieves better results. Despite this, the performance is staggering given the air cooling hardware.

There’s hardly anything to choose between the Nitro Fury and Fury X’s overclocked data, which showcases their similar performance after manual overclocking.