AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X and R9 390X: performance vs. price

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X - versus the R9 390X

AMD recently unveiled its R9 Fury X and R9 390X graphics cards, which it hopes will compete against high-end Nvidia GPUs like the GeForce GTX 980.

The Fury X features AMD’s High Bandwidth Memory, which gives the card a 4,096-bit memory interface.

The R9 390X will feature a “regular” 512-bit memory interface, but comes packed with 8GB of VRAM.

The cards have been inspected and tested by international hardware reviewers and have both subsequently received local pricing.

This lets us conduct a price versus performance comparison, which is detailed below.

AMD R9 Fury X

MSI's AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

MSI’s AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

Specifications

First off, the card’s specifications.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
Stream Processors 4,096
Core Clock 1,050MHz
Compute Peformance 8.6 TFLOPS
VRAM 4GB HBM
Memory Interface 4,096-bit
Board Power 275W
API Support Direct X 12, Vulkan, Mantle

Pricing

Next up, we take a look at how much it is selling for in South Africa.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
Retailer Card Price
Wootware PowerColor AX R9 Fury X 4GB R9,999
Evetech MSI Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB R11,999
Rebel Tech MSI Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB R11,999
Rebel Tech Asus Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB R11,999
Rebel Tech Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB R11,999

Performance

Gaming specialists IGN gave the R9 Fury X a gaming “frames per second” test – the results of which are detailed in the table below.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
Game Settings FPS
Batman: Arkham Origins 2560 x 1440 Ultra Settings 90
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2560 x 1440 Ultra settings 68
Metro: Last Light 2560 x 1440 Ultra settings 27
Hitman: Absolution 3840 x 2160 Ultra Settings (No AA) 60
Tomb Raider 3840 x 2160 Ultra Settings (No AA) 42
Heaven 4.0 3840 x 2160 Ultra Settings (No AA) 27

Test rig used:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K
  • RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97-A
  • SSD: 240GB Crucial M50
  • PSU: 1000W Corsair
  • OS: Windows 8.1

AMD R9 390X

MSI's AMD Radeon R9 390X

MSI’s AMD Radeon R9 390X

Specifications

While the R9 390X does not boast High Bandwidth Memory, it does pack some impressive specs.

AMD Radeon R9 390X
Stream Processors 2,816
Core Clock 1,050MHz
Compute Performance 5.9 TFLOPS
VRAM 8GB
Memory Interface 512-bit
Board Power 275W

Pricing

How much it the card selling for in South Africa?

AMD Radeon R9 390X
Retailer Card Price
Wootware PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 390X 8GB R6,399
Rebel Tech Asus Radeon R9 390X 8GB R7,183
Rebel Tech Gigabyte Radeon R9 390X 8GB R7,299
Wootware Sapphire Radeon Tri-X R9 390X 8GB R7,499
Rebel Tech Sapphire Radeon Tri-X R9 390X 8GB R7,504
Evetech MSI R9 390X Gaming 8GB R7,699
Rebel Tech Sapphire Radeon Tri-X R9 390X 8GB R7,504
Rebel Tech MSI R9 390X Gaming 8GB R7,699

Performance

Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry put the new AMD card through its paces, as detailed below.

AMD Radeon R9 390 X
Game Settings FPS
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2560 x 1440 Ultra Settings 43
Assassin’s Creed: Unity 2560 x 1440 Ultra High Settings 38.4
Far Cry 4 2560 x 1440 Ultra Settings 69
Battlefield 4 3840 x 2160 High Settings 44.5
COD: Advanced Warfare 3840 x 2160 Console Settings 76.4
Tomb Raider 3840 x 2160 Ultra Settings 51.4

This article originally appeared on MyBroadband and is republished with permission.

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