AMD's R9 Fury Gets The GIGABYTE WINDFORCE Treatment

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅19.10.2015 16:55:49

GIGABYTE have finally entered the custom R9 Fury rat-race this week with a quiet launch for the GV-R9FURYWF3OC-4GD, AKA the GIGABYTE Radeon R9 Fury OC. It joins the ASUS STRIX, Powercolor and Sapphire R9 Fury models that debuted in July, each of which utilise a custom PCB and proprietary cooler design.

AMD's R9 Fury is a slightly cut-down version of the water-cooled Fury X, featuring a 28nm Fiji GPU with only 3584 GCN 1.2 shaders on-board rather than 4096. In order to keep performance high AMD set the reference core frequency at the same ~1GHz as the Fury X, relying on robust 3rd party cooling to keep the temperatures of the toasty Fiji PRO GPU under control. As a result the R9 Fury is expected to run pretty hot, and AMD's partners have thus far seen fit to equip it with their top specification cooler.

During the official reveal of the R9 Nano in September AMD announced that shipments of the Fiji GPU package (including GPU, HBM memory and substrate) would be increasing, having been limited to select partners at launch. It's not yet clear if more manufacturers will join GIGABYTE in releasing an R9 Fury - MSI, for instance, has yet to list their own version - but the low-key launch may indicate a lack of faith in the product going forward.

GIGABYTE's Windforce 3X is the highest performance cooler currently available to their graphics cards, and are typically reserved for the top performing overclocked SKUs. Outwardly similar to older Windforce 3X designs that were sported by the venerable GTX 480's of 2010 vintage, newer versions have been tweaked significantly to improve reliability, cooling potential and especially noise characteristics.

Although the PCB designs no-doubt differ quite considerably, the only outward difference is that unlike the Sapphire model GIGABYTE will be tooling the R9 Fury with a DVI port in addition to three DisplayPorts and an HDMI port. Exact card dimensions are as yet unknown, but based on other cards with the Windforce 3X cooler it should measure roughly 280mm (11.02 inches) in length all told.

The GIGABYTE Radeon R9 Fury OC will also be bundled with GIGABYTE's own OC GURU II software. The comprehensive package manages VGA BIOS updates, fan profiles, voltages and overclocks independent of AMD's Catalyst Control Centre.

Technical Specs:

Chipset:- Radeon R9 FURY
GPU:- Fiji PRO
Shaders:- 3584
Process Technology:- 28 nm

Core Clock:- up to 1010 MHz
Memory Clock:- 1000 MHz

Memory Size:- 4 GB
Memory Bus:- 4096 bit
Card Bus:- PCI-E 3.0
Memory Type:- HBM

Supported Technologies:
- DirectX 12
- OpenGL 4.4

PCB Form:- ATX

Digital max resolution:- 4096 X 2160
Analog max resolution:- 2048 x 1536
Multi-view:- 4
I/O:- HDMI*1/Display Port*3/Dual-Link DVI-I
Power requirement:- 600W (with two 8-pin external power connector)


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