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Sapphire launches the Nitro R9 Fury, its new flagship card

By Koh Wanzi - on 13 Jan 2016, 10:06am

Sapphire launches the Nitro R9 Fury, its new flagship card

Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury OC

Sapphire has announced the Nitro R9 Fury, a custom take on AMD’s Fiji Pro-based Radeon R9 Fury card. The Nitro R9 Fury is being introduced as Sapphire’s newest flagship, and comes with improvements in VRM circuitry, an original PCB design, and the company’s signature Tri-X cooling solution.

And compared to the Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X that was released last year, the new Nitro R9 Fury features slightly more aggressive factory overclocks. It ships with a core clock of 1,050MHz, compared to the former card’s 1,040MHz clock. However, the card is actually available in two flavors – the Nitro R9 Fury OC+ is the faster clocked one, and there is also the more modest Nitro R9 Fury OC, which has a core clock of just 1,020MHz.

The Tri-X cooling system utilizes triple 90mm dual ball bearing fans and relies on a total of five heatpipes, including a thick 10mm central one, to channel heat away from the GPU. The semi-passive fans can turn off under low loads and operate independently of each other, so this should technically help keep noise to a minimum as well.

Attention has also been focused on build quality, with a diecast mounting frame that supports the PCB and cooler assembly, and also a thick aluminum backplate to add extra rigidity and provide some passive cooling to the PCB mounted components.

Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury OC backplate

In addition, Sapphire highlighted the reinforced eight-layer PCB and its six-phase circuit design, which allows it to push 360 amps of current through the GPU for more stable power delivery and improved overclocking performance. The company also claimed that we can expect up to 20% lower VRM temperatures.

Finally, a dual BIOS switch doubles as a regulator for the card’s power draw. The default position limits the power envelope to 260 watts with a target GPU temperature of 75°C, while the performance setting raises this to 300 watts and 80°C, which should allow you more overclocking headroom.