Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X performed very well throughout testing, and remained competitive with a similarly priced, reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti, but it wasn’t a clear win for either GPU. Generally speaking the Fury X was the faster of the two cards at 2560x1440. With the resolution cranked up to 3840x2160, however, the Fury X and 980 Ti trade victories—it is a tight race, though. The Fury X did suffer from some frame latency issue in a few titles, that detracts from the overall experience. Hopefully AMD focuses on this area with future driver revisions, because the Fury X obviously has plenty of horsepower.
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GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Speaking of the 980 Ti, while the Radeon R9 Fury X’s performance is very good, it’s not a clear win over the 980 Ti, especially with factory overclocked versions on the market. Our Fury X card also emitted a clearly audible whine, though we’re told that won’t be an issue in the final, retail version.
The Radeon R9 Fury X is going on sale today for $649. At that price, its main competitor is obviously the similarly priced GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Looking back through the numbers, it’s easy to see why AMD is positioning the Fury X where it is. The Fury X and 980 Ti traded victories in a number and tests and the deltas separating the cards were relatively small overall. If you’re an AMD fan, the Fury X represents an viable alternative to the NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As eager as we were to get our hands on the Radeon R9 Fury X, the upcoming air cooled Fury and tiny Fury Nano could be real treats as well, assuming they’re priced competitively and performance remains strong. The prospect of cramming a full-featured Fiji into a small form factor rig is an intriguing one and we’re looking forward to checking them out.