The second video card based on the Fiji core is already here, with performance that surpasses theGTX 980 But at a price that complicates matters
As promised, AMD has removed its information embargo earlier than expected - and reviews The Radeon Fury Began Flow אל Network. Is this $ 550 card (or higher) the ideal middle point for gaming for the highest quality? The details are before you.
Contrast To Radeon Fury X Offered only by a reference design that AMD's affiliates were not allowed to change, the Radeon Fury was actually launched without any reference design at all, but based on self-designs from only two manufacturers - Sapphire וAsus, When the first offers Two Tri-X models With massive cooling based on a compact reference circuit (such as that of The Fury X), And the other offers a single STRIX model based on a full-size printed circuitry and offers support for 0dB technology to turn off the card fan when the environment is cool enough to support it.
We are big proponents of nonstandard video cards with advanced technologies and cooling systems, but the "trouble" in the absence of a reference design is that manufacturers are much easier to deliver a dedicated branding card and aim for a more oily coupon - thus, the basic card of Sapphire Although 550 is priced as recommended, its OC model generates $ 570, while the STRIX of Asus Will be offered at $ 580, with each addition naturally detrimental to the overall cost / benefit ratio of the Fury.
Let's move on to the performance itself: Here, the Radeon Fury has certainly succeeded in its main mission - it is faster than its closest competitor, The GTX 980. Differences are not large and are about 6 to 7 percent on average in 2160p resolution,AMD Demonstrate their potential in moving to Ultra HD, where the Fury shines and the difference climbs to a two-figure average of about 12 to 14 percent on average. At FullHD and below, you can see equivalence between these two advanced graphics cards, and even the reversal of the trend - but for such resolutions it might be better to settle for a slightly simpler card, saving the difference for the day when a screen can be purchased 4k Quality and competitive price.
Despite the start line performance advantage, not everything is pink for the new AMD model. Unfortunately, the biggest drawback of the Fury X Migrant is to the little brother - and despite the massive and effective air coolers attached to it by Sapphire and Essos, the card's speed capability is software-limited (and perhaps firmware) to only 10 per cent, alongside the speed capability of approx. Apparently, 10 also holds for the new HBM memory. This is particularly jarring due to the fact that the GTX 980 that faces a known passage As an excellent overclockerMost of which can operate without problems with the addition of 15 percent and even 20 per cent of core frequencies, which provide an actual incremental performance of 10 to 13 and greatly reduce and possibly eliminate the relative advantage of performance with which X-Radeon Fury in standard mode.
According to techpowerup, Fury has a performance lead (at resolutions of over FullHD, as mentioned above), but when it comes to power consumption and performance per watt the situation is quite different - although here you can see a big improvement on the part of AMD As opposed to the generation of Hawaii
We very much hope that,AMD Will allow execution The fast It is more appropriate to fully utilize the potential of the Fiji core sometime down the road, but until then it will be very difficult to recommend the purchase of one of the advanced and non-standard cards, as almost all of their advantages become irrelevant in a situation where the core frequency does not cross only the " 1,110 MHz.
At the end of the day, we can say that once again we have no absolute decision - anyone looking for a better-performing card 'straight out of the box', especially for looking to the future and the 4K resolutions it brings, can choose to invest a few dozen more dollars ( Or a few hundred shekels in translation to the Hebrew market) in Radeon Fury, but against anyone who is not afraid of rushing and unintentional head to the realm of resolution, can get the same final product and maybe even better From the competitor GeForce GTX 980, And at a seemingly reduced price.
The main question mark we have left now touches For the R9 Nano - When will he come to us, how will he fit into the pricing hierarchy of AMD, What performance it will provide and whether it can really be twice as efficient as Hawaii cards. The clock resets and the countdown begins, again.