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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 FURY 4GB Radeon R9 280
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 31% 141%
eFootball PES 2020 35% 20%
Control 67% 207%
Grand Theft Auto VI 46% 168%
Borderlands 3 1% 85%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 35% 148%
FIFA 20 49% 7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 31% 141%
F1 2019 9% 100%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280.

The R9 FURY has a 173 MHz higher core clock speed and 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R9 280. This results in the R9 FURY providing 131.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 FURY has a 173 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R9 280. This results in the R9 FURY providing 37.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 FURY was released over a year more recently than the Radeon R9 280, and so the R9 FURY is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon R9 280.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 FURY has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon R9 280, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 FURY also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 FURY has 272 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R9 280, which means that the memory performance of the R9 FURY is massively better than the Radeon R9 280.

The Radeon R9 FURY 4GB has 3584 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280 has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 FURY is 3046 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 280 is 1421. The R9 FURY having 1625 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 FURY delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 280.

The Radeon R9 FURY 4GB requires 275 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280 requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 FURY and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R9 280. The R9 FURY requires 75 Watts more than the Radeon R9 280 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 FURY may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R9 280.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs827 MHz
Boost Clock-vs933 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Fiji PROGCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date10 Jul 2015vs04 Mar 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus4096 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-1vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth512GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3584vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs68%
Texture Mapping Units224vs112
Texture Rate224 GTexel/svs92.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs26.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 FURY 4GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN 1.2 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture improves memory bandwidth performance which allows AMD to produce Graphics Cards with smaller data transfer rates without causing too much impact on the overall performance. This is done by using lossless delta color compression.
GCN 1.2 also adds improved Tesselation and video encoding/decoding performance as well as DirectX 12.0 Support.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Fiji PRO which has 56 Compute Units activated and thus offers 3584 Shader Processing Units, 224 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of stacked HBM-1 memory, through a 4096-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Radeon R9 FURY 4GB competes with GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Compared to the latter, while it offers more or less the same performance at 1920x1080, it proves to be over 5% faster at 2560x1600 and more than the 10% faster at 4K. Even so, Radeon R9 FURY 4GB is still best suited for 2560x1600.
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is however much more energy efficient, consuming no more than 165W Under Load, while Radeon R9 FURY 4GB surpasses the 200W tier.
Because Radeon R9 FURY 4GB was released for $549 and GeForce GTX 980 4GB is available for $479, it doesn't shine as much as it could, making it only a better choice for those who game over 1920x1080.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 FURY 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon R9 280 is a high-end graphics card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next architecture.
It packs a Tahiti PRO2 Core and features 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface. While the central unit runs at 827MHz and goes up to 933MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
The Tahiti PRO2 is a revision of the Tahiti PRO seen on Radeon HD 7950 and that was first used on Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition.
Radeon R9 280 is slightly higher clocked than its predecessor but expect exactly the same performance and rated board TDP. Thus, the card is suited for 1080p gaming but will have trouble at higher resolutions with some modern demanding games and GeForce GTX 760 is still faster.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-4770S 4-Core 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-7700T 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4770T 4-Core 2.5GHz
AMD FX-8370
Intel Xeon E3-1270
Intel Core i7-2600K 4-Core 3.40GHz
Intel Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-Radeon R9 280 Sapphire Dual-X OC 3GB Edition
Radeon R9 280 Club3D royalKing 3GB Edition



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