AMD Fury X 2020 - Kana's FineWine Edition
- Added Warframe Benchmarks
- Added Power Usage – Stock & Undervolt Results
I wanted to share my Fury X results 5 years later with you guys with my 12 year old Intel platform, the Intel X58-1st Gen. Basically I’ve used this GPU since it first released in 2015 and have been enjoying it. The last time I benchmarked the Fury X was December 2016 and I benched 11 games 100% max graphical settings at 4K, before then I reviewed it in 2015 shortly after the Fury X release. The Fury X had respectable 4K performance during it’s time. Low level API’s such as Vulkan and DX12, when implemented properly, really showed the true potential of the Radeon Fury X and AMD’s GPU architecture. For instance, in Doom 2016 @ 4K with the highest graphical settings: “Ultra + Nightmare + TSSAA-8TX” graphical settings I went from 35fps using OpenGL (launch API) to 60fps using Vulkan (released much later in an update). During those times Doom was one of the most anticipated games of the year and was one of the hardest titles to run at 4K. Other games like Hitman (2016) and eventually Rise of the Tomb Raider showed us how developers who actually “try” to implement the API’s properly could utilize modern GPU technology, unfortunately, it was a technology that only AMD properly supported during this time. I wrote about this as well and you know how the story goes with Nvidia and AMD.
Now here we are in 2020 and I’m still enjoying the Fury X along with my X58 – 1st Gen platform. Although the 4GB vRAM limitation was a controversial decision the card has performed well many years after released. The Fury X went from being a solid 4K GPU to a solid 1440p GPU across the board. That isn’t to say that the card doesn’t perform well with 4K resolutions as I’ll show below, it just hitting that 4GB limit is much easier now and you’ll have to drop a few unnecessary settings that don’t increase the image quality to a noticeable level. Certain settings such as shadows and lighting etc. can easily be knocked down to the next settings and the Fury X shines.
I ran all of my benchmarks using an overclock X5660 @ 4Ghz and a stock Fury X (1050Mhz). I also provided my Power Usage results and undervolted\power savings results. I won’t post my entire article here since it would be far too much for one thread, I will just share some games with the community that I benchmarked to give everyone a good idea of my performance in 2020 along with a few YouTube videos showing the performance @ 4K with near max settings in 2020. Here are my basic PC specs:
Xeon X5660 @ 4Ghz
ASUS Sabertooth X58
24GB RDIMM DDR3-1600Mhz [6x4GB] - ECC Buffered
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Watercooled - Push
Radeon "Adrenalin" 20.4.2 [April 21st 2020]
(Stock) – Core 1050Mhz
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 3
Ray Tracing - Crytek: Neon Noir
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Fury X - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild @ 1080p - Cemu
Fury X Power Usage – Stock & Undervolt Results
I benchmarked several other games as well in my article, but these should be enough games to give you a general idea of the AMD Finewine. Being a liquid cooled GPU the Fury X is always silent and has always given me great temps. A lot of people were afraid that the liquid would evaporate over the years, but I still hear plenty of liquid splashing around whenever I removed it from my PC to replace or install hardware. A few of the reasons I chose the Fury X over the 980 Ti during these times were due to several reasons, the top three reason were: GPU architecture\performance, image quality, and HBM (water cooling was a great bonus). That’s not to say I didn’t even get my hands on a 980 Ti, awesome card, but you’ll pretty much need to overclock it or buy an expensive AIB GPU. It didn’t take long for me to go back to the AMD Fury X. The performance of the HBM has been truly something special I didn’t have the same performance hit’s on my Fury X that I’ve seen on the 980 Ti (noticeable screen tearing at 4K, micro-stuttering, lower image quality etc. )
The driver support has been great and AMD has supported the Fury Series with all of the bells and whistles from newer GPU tech\driver features such as: Radeon Image Sharpening, Radeon Chill, Radeon Enhanced Sync, Radeon Anti-Lag and so on. So overall the driver support over the years has been superb, especially when it comes to newly released titles over the years.
LONG LIVE FURY X!
So what do you guys think about the Fury X and my results using legacy tech?