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Asus Radeon R9 Fury Strix DC3 OC

Rating: 8.0.

Today we take a look at the second Fury card to hit our labs, the Asus Radeon R9 Fury Strix. This card ships with the latest Asus DirectCU III cooler and a very modest overclock, activated directly via ASUS GPU Tweak 2 software. I was impressed with the Sapphire Tri-X R9 Fury when I tested it last week, so we will see today if Asus are able to bat at the same level.
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There is no doubt that Fury is an important SKU for AMD as it is priced around £80+ less than the flagship Fury X, subsequently targeting a broader enthusiast audience interested in buying a modified GTX980.

If you want a brief recap of Fiji, the new architecture and HBM memory, visit this page.

GPU R9 390X R9 290X R9 390 R9 290 R9 380 R9 285 Fury X Fury
Launch June 2015 Oct 2013 June 2015 Nov 2013 June 2015 Sep 2014 June 2015 June 2015
DX Support 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Process (nm) 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28
Processors 2816 2816 2560 2560 1792 1792 4096 3584
Texture Units 176 176 160 160 112 112 256 224
ROP’s 64 64 64 64 32 32 64 64
Boost CPU Clock 1050 1000 1000 947 970 918 1050 1000
Memory Clock 6000 5000 6000 5000 5700 5500 500 500
Memory Bus (bits) 512 512 512 512 256 256 4096 4096
Max Bandwidth (GB/s) 384 320 384 320 182.4 176 512 512
Memory Size (MB) 8192 4096 8192 4096 4096 2048 4096 4096
Transistors (mn) 6200 6200 6200 6200 5000 5000 8900 8900
TDP (watts) 275 290 275 275 190 190 275 275

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When we first started testing the Asus R9 Fury STRIX DC3 we noticed that the core speed was set at 1000mhz, yet Overclockers UK have the card listed as an ‘OC’ model HERE. I contacted ASUS UK about the 20mhz difference and they told me that the clock boost is tied into their latest version of GPU Tweak 2, shown in the image above. Yes, there is only one R9 Fury model available from ASUS.

ASUS could have simply just set the BIOS clock speed to 1,020mhz and done away with the need for any software at all.

So is this card classed as an ‘OC’ model or not? If you install the proprietary software and click the OC button, then yes it is, but for those people who don’t install the software, its running at AMD’s reference clock speeds of 1,000mhz. We tested as Asus requested, at 1,020mhz with GPU Tweak 2 running in OC mode. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but a little bewildering. On a brighter note, Asus GPU Tweak 2 is actually a really good piece of software, and appears to run in a very stable manner.

The AMD R9 Fury GPU is built on the 28nm process and is equipped with 64 ROPS, 224 texture units and 3,584 shaders. The more expensive Fury X has 64 ROPS, 256 Texture units and 4,096 shaders. They both have 4GB of HBM (Hynix) memory across a super wide 4096 bit memory interface. Bandwidth rating for both cards is 512 GB/s.

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