And that's with the Radeon R9 Fury X being water-cooled--Nvidia's card relies on air. You have to wonder how the benchmarks will shake out when the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury launches July 14. Hey! That's a nice segue to...
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X design details
AMD's new flagship draws a lot of design cues from the Radeon R9 295x2, AMD's immensely powerful dual-GPU graphics card from the R200 series generation.
As mentioned, the Radeon R9 Fury X sports a fully integrated water cooling solution. It cools all elements of the graphics card, eliminating the need for a fan on the card's board, which allowed AMD to eliminate the grill on the rear port bracket and extend the shroud to the sides of the graphics card--an area left open in many graphics card designs. Locking down the card so tightly prevents heat from your other PC components from interfering with the Fury X's cooling, AMD representatives said.
The closed-loop liquid cooling solution itself is a custom design dreamed up by AMD and Cooler Master, paired with a 120mm Nidec Gentle Typhoon on the radiator. That fan can spin up to 3000 rpm, though representatives say it mostly spins at a much quieter 1500 rpm. AMD claims the liquid cooling keeps temperatures at a chilly 50 degrees Celsius--similar performance to the Radeon R9 295x2's integrated liquid cooling--with noise levels around 35 decibels.
In case it isn't obvious yet, the Fury X uses a very unique design. So unique, in fact, that AMD's add-in board partners (like Asus, MSI, and Sapphire) won't be able to customize the card with their own cooling solutions. The Fury X will be reference design-only, though AIBs will be able to tinker with the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury released in July.
That means all Fury X cards will be physically similar no matter which manufacturer you buy from.
The Fury X measures a mere 7.5 inches long, or 30 percent shorter than the older R9 290X. It's constructed of multiple pieces of die-cast black nickel aluminum, finished with a mirror gloss on the exoskeleton and black soft-touch on the side plates. Removing four hex screws will let you take off the shroud; the Fury X also features a full backplate. (Yes!)
Port-wise, you'll find three full-size DisplayPorts as well as an HDMI 1.4a connection. AMD learned the folly of the Radeon R9 295x2's heavy reliance on Mini-DisplayPort connections, it seems. The Fury X is capable of driving up to six displays simultaneously, though doing so would obviously require a DisplayPort hub.
You'll find an LED-illuminated Radeon logo on the face and outer edge of the card, as well as a new feature: 8 small lights located above the 8-pin power connectors. Dubbed "GPU tach" (as in "tachometer") by AMD, more of these lights will flare to life the harder you push your graphics card--a nifty gimmick, though I'm not sure that cranking it to 8 has quite the same allure as cranking it to 11. A ninth green LED will illuminate when the GPU is put to sleep by AMD's ZeroCore technology.
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