AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Review - Benchmarks and Analysis Review

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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – How We Tested

We’ve locked and loaded six games for this GPU

test. Our five normal games are Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Crysis

3, Metro: Last Light and Batman: Arkham Origins, and we’ve added Middle

Earth: Shadow of Mordor to our slate of test titles.

We’ve

tested at 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160 to see how the Fury X will

handle high-resolution single screens. We’ve run our tests at 1080p,

too, even though it’s almost a moot point – this card is powerful enough

to blast through any game at that lower resolution.

We’ve used

3DMark’s Fire Strike test and four Unigine Heaven benchmarks to test

theoretical performance, and we’ve taken idle and load temperatures and

power requirements to see which card is the coolest and most frugal.

Our test rig consists of an Asus X79-Deluxe motherboard, Intel Core i7-4960X processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk.

To

get prices for each card we visited www.scan.co.uk and noted down the

cheapest stock-speed card we could find, although we’ll be referring

to the various overclocked and tweaked models available for each GPU –

which will be more expensive – later on in the review.

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – 3DMark Fire Strike

3DMark

is the de facto standard easily available graphics benchmark and as such

is an easy place to begin our testing. We ran the 3DMark Fire Strike

and Fire Strike Extreme tests at their default settings.

3dMark

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – Battlefield 4

Battlefield

4 is predominantly a multiplayer game, but for consistencies sake we

test the game during a scripted moment in the single-player game. As

such it’s less CPU-limited than multiplayer scenarios but is a more

controlled test for GPUs. The results are recorded using FRAPs.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Battlefield 4

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman:

Arkham Origins has proven to be one of the less graphically intensive

titles on out test roster. However, its impressive visuals give an

indication of the generally less demanding but still modern and

impressive-looking titles that are available. Again, we record our

results with FRAPs – but this time while manually walking through a

portion of the game.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – BioShock Infinite

BioShock

Infinite is one of the more graphically demanding games we run, with its

ultra-high setting proving a stern test for even the most high-end

cards. However, the game scales very well so much higher frame rates

are achievable with lower settings. Results are recorded using FRAPs

using a manual walkthrough of one of the outdoor sections of the

single-player game.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Bioshock Infinite

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – Crysis 3

Still

by far the most graphically demanding game there is, Crysis 3 is the

ultimate test of graphics card performance. Results are recorded using

FRAPs during a manual walkthrough of the single-player game.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Crysis 3

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – Metro: Last Light

Second

only to Crysis 3 for sheer card-busting graphical intensity,

Metro: Last Light is a dark and moody game with ultra-realistic-looking

model textures that give it a gritty true-to-life feel. Again, though,

it can be scaled back quite nicely to perform better on lesser hardware. Results are recorded manually using FRAPs.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Metro Last Light

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks: Shadow of Mordor (Ultra)

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Shadow of Mordor (Ultra)

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks – Heat and Power

To

test how much power the latest graphics cards use, we power it through a

mains power-draw tester and leave the system on the desktop to check

total system idle power consumption. Then we load up Unigine Heaven to

max out the GPU and again check the total system power.

We use the same test for checking GPU temperature; we use GPU-Z to report the results.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Power and Heat

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X – Results Analysis

The Fury X blasted

through our 1080p benchmarks, which is no surprise given that this is a £500 card.

Its worst result at this undemanding resolution came in Battlefield 4,

where it still scythed through with an average frame rate of 91fps – and

in four of our games its averages topped 100fps.

The AMD card’s

1440p performance is more relevant, but its initial 3DMark Fire Strike

Extreme benchmark suggested it wouldn’t be able to match the GTX 980 Ti

despite AMD’s architectural improvements. In this test the Fury X scored

7,276, but Nvidia’s card snuck ahead with a score of 8,943.

That pattern was repeated in Unigine Heaven, where the Fury’s result of 42.7fps was almost ten frames behind Nvidia.

The

Fury X’s Battlefield 4 minimum and average scores of 54fps and 64fps

are good, but they’re up to ten frames behind the GTX 980 Ti, and the

gap is even wider in Batman – although this should be taken with a grain

of salt, since Arkham Origins is an Nvidia-friendly game.

AMD’s

card closed the gap in BioShock Infinite, where its 1440p average of

98fps was only five frames behind the GTX 980 Ti – at this level, this isn’t a difference you’ll notice. In Crysis 3, the Fury X performed

reasonably well. Its minimum of 39fps was only three frames behind the

Nvidia card, and its average of 65fps was two frames better.

The

Fury X was only one frame behind in Shadow of Mordor thanks to an

average of 84fps, and it finally triumphed over Nvidia in Metro: Last

Light. In this test the Fury’s minimum of 39fps was a full ten frames

better than the GTX 980 Ti, and its 45fps average was three frames

better.
       
There’s no doubt that that Fury X is a competent

card for 2,560 x 1,440, with playable scores in every test – but,

equally, there’s no doubt that it’s a little slower than the GTX 980 Ti

at this resolution.

Our 4K games benchmarks begun in similar

style. The Fury’s Battlefield 4 minimum and average results of 27fps and

34fps are just about playable, but the 980 Ti was one and three frames

better – and in Batman: Arkham Origins the gap was wider, with the Fury’s 74fps average

eight frames slower than its rival.

The Fury X closed the gap to a

couple of frames in BioShock, and then finally overhauled the GTX 980

Ti in Crysis 3 with an average of 32fps that outpaced the GTX 980 Ti by

two frames. The AMD card extended its lead in Metro, where its 33fps

minimum and 45fps average were eight and three frames ahead

respectively.

In our final games test, Shadow of Mordor, the

Fury X triumphed with an average of 48fps – only one frame ahead of the

GTX 980 Ti. Its low minimum frame rate of 16fps is less than half as good

as the Nvidia card, but we’re putting that down to an anomalous frame

that won’t affect gameplay.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

The

Fury X proved a little more competitive in our theoretical tests. Its

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra result of 3,943 was a few points ahead of the

GTX 980 Ti, and it was only two frames behind in Unigine’s 4K benchmark.

The Fury X picks up the pace at 4K, with more victories over the GTX 980 Ti. In terms of games performance, however, it’s a score-draw.

The

Fury X traded blows with Nvidia elsewhere. The water-cooling gear

helped the Fury X to deliver a top temperature of 65°C, which is 17

degrees cooler than the GTX 980 Ti. The water-cooling unit kept the

noise down too; the Fury X is no louder than traditionally cooled high-end cards.

The

AMD card lost out in power consumption, though. Our rig’s idle power

draw of 111W was 10W higher than the rig needed with the GTX 980 Ti,

and the Fury X-powered PC topped out at 369W – 39W more than the GTX

980 Ti needed.

AMD’s latest card has the sort of power required to play with next-gen hardware, with enough grunt for VR,

144Hz panels and screens with AMD FreeSync. Be warned, though, that one

Fury X likely won’t be able to handle many games at 4K using these

settings, as high-end screens need to pump out twice as many frames to

keep up with refresh rates.

Score


Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9