The Gigabyte Radeon R9 Fury X is a flagship AMD graphics card that uses an included liquid cooling system in order to increase performance by being able to cool faster while under high load. It also takes advantage of High Bandwidth Memory over regular GDDR5 memory.
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Pro Great power efficiency
The idle power consumption is under 5W, which is helped by the more power friendly HBM as opposed to GDDR5 configuration.
Gaming power requirements are also good - an average of around 225W. This beats the GeForce GTX 980 Ti by a small margin.
Pro Fast memory speeds
Using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) this card can provide much faster speeds than GDDR5 (which many current graphics cards use). This allows for a peak throughput of 512GB/s. This is accomplished by stacking DRAM vertically.
Pro Liquid cooling for low heat and noise
The closed-loop liquid cooling circuit that comes with this graphics card helps cool it much more effectively than air can, and also produces less noise than a regular stock air fan would (especially AMDs stock cooling fans which are regarded as some of the loudest out there). Overall a good choice for quite AMD cooling out of the box.
Pro Great fps when playing intensive games
Battlefield 4 @1440p: 67.8fps average (54 min/82 max)
@2160p: 35.8fps average (28 min/44max)
Far Cry 4 @1440p: 77.4fps average (61 min/112 max)
@2160p: 44.4fps average (34 min/61 max)
Grand Theft Auto V @1440p: 72.9fps average (54 min/97 max)
@2160p: 38.4fps average (28 min/47 max)
The Witcher 3 @1440p: 59.2fps average (47 min/68 max)
@2160p: 36.6fps average (28 min/41 max)
Con No room for overclocking
Under a stress test, temperatures reach their maximum. This means that there is little to no room for aftermarket overclocking. Basically this card is already overclocked, which is why it comes with its own liquid cooling unit.
Con Cooling components vibrate
Because the pump needs to circulate water, it will cause some vibrations along the tubes. This may be annoying to some when running as it is audible.
Con Ever present coil whine
The card emits a high pitch whine when in use (which is always). It may not be heard when the pump is in action as that itself is noisy, but the coil whine is definitely audible when the pump is not running, which can be pretty annoying. One caveat is that this may be louder on some cards over others, but there is no way to know until the card is used.