Just thought I'd chime in and let people know I received my Sapphire Fury Nano yesterday. Unfortunately It squeals pretty loud not unlike the review samples sent around
I only had time to test five games out, some are worse than others. Borderlands 2, GTAV5 and the Witcher 3 is pretty horrible regardless of framerate but BF4 and Diablo 3 were not as bad. The card is in one of those fairly well ventilated cube Thermaltake ITX case but it sits on my desk only a few feet from my head so it's very noticeable when gaming. Surprisingly Furmark burn in test makes no noticeable coil whine noise (traditionally what I use for checking).
Overall if you have one of these cards you probably want it in a case far enough away from you in a decent case to shield you from the noise. I've owned well over 20 graphic cards (first card was a 3DFX Voodoo) over the years many of them have had coil whine. My reference XFX Radeon 290X, Asus Strix 970 and EVGA 960 all suffer from coil whine but the noise is manageable through setting of maximum frames where the pitch stays constant depending on frame rate.
No joke, the way the Fury Nano sounds is more akin to the Canadian Cicada "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPkmGYaVLog
" where the buzzing sound jumps all around even if locked at a specific frame rate. For example - In Borderland 2 locked at 60FPS, if you look at the sky and then at the ground (bright to dark) there is a tone shift in the coil whine so I don't think there is anyway to fix this problem like with my other cards.
That being said with regular gaming headphones (non noise cancelling) at medium volume levels I noticed the sound of the GPU fan much more than the coil whine which is surprisingly louder than I thought it would be but still bearable as the pitch of the sound is good for fast it spins. The fan spun up to 53% according to GPU-Z and the card peaked at 76 celsius. Performance wise the card is INSANELY FAST and I was using a using a water cooled 290X before the switch which is no slouch. You could definitely feel the speed difference between the two cards at 1440P.
AMD did a good job with the fan and heatsink but the dropped the ball on the coil whine. I will test the card out for a few more days and if I can't live with the coil whine I'll be sending it back for another one. For almost $1000 CAD after taxes this coil whine noise is just unacceptable. I understand other people with retail cards don't have the terrible coil whine so hopefully I can exchange for a card without the issue.
Good times! Edited by Madpacket - 9/24/15 at 6:32am