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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 13% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 13% 40%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 19% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 92%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 92%
Borderlands 3 8% 47%
FIFA 20 54% 26%
The Outer Worlds 20% 28%
eFootball PES 2020 41% 5%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 31% 111%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition.

The R9 FURY has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. This results in the R9 FURY providing 140.8 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 50 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 280X. This results in the R9 FURY providing 35.2 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 R9 280X, 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 R9 280X.

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 R9 280X, 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 224 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 280X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 FURY is massively better than the R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 FURY is 3656 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The R9 FURY having 1741 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 R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB requires 275 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 FURY and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 FURY requires 25 Watts more than the R9 280X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 FURY to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the R9 280X.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1100 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Fiji XTGCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date24 Jun 2015vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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8.7
2560x1440
8.4
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6.5
3840x2160
6.5
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5

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus4096 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-1vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth512GB/secvs288GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs92%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs128
Texture Rate268.8 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate67.2 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Architecture
The Fiji is a Second Generation GCN GPU. It offers support for HBM-1 Memory, DirectX 12.0, Open GL 4.5 and the acclaimed Delta Compression Algorithm which may decrease bandwidth consumption by up to 30%, in most games.
Fiji XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM-1 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 4096-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, and because the GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming, 4GB might be a bottlenecked and Performance could be better, were the Frame Buffer larger.

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

Performance
Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB competes with GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB and both are available for $649.
Benchmarks However Indicate that GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is still faster than Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB, even at 4K, whereas as the resolution goes down, the performance gap between the latter and GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB increases and at 1600x900, Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB is only as fast as the weaker GeForce GTX 980.
Considering Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB offers practically no overclock potential (operating memory clock can't even be increased), consumes slightly more energy than GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, costs the same price and performs worse, Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB ends up being one of AMD's worst releases of the last years and given the hype built, probably the most disappointing.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "WindForce", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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