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Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury Review

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Processor Intel Core i7-4770K (Retail)
CPU Cooler ThermalTake Water 3.0 Extreme
Motherboard MSI Z97M Gaming
Memory Patriot Viper 3 “Black Mamba” 2x8GB DDR3 2100 MHz CL11
Storage Samsung 240 EVO 256GB SSD
Case DimasTech EasyXL test bench
Drivers NVIDIA 353.30, AMD Catalyst 15.7
Video Card(s) Sapphire Tri-X Radeon R9 Fury, Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming
Monitor Monoprice CrystalPro 28″ LED TN panel 4K 60Hz monitor
Operating System Windows 8.1 x64 Ultimate with latest patches and updates

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. About 1/2 through the review AMD and Nvidia dropped new drivers. The old drivers were removed and the new drivers were installed. Each benchmark was run a total of three times and the results were averaged. The Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming comes from the factory overclocked. We left the speeds alone and did an out-of-box comparison.

We use the preset settings in game (high, ultra, etc.) and we did not disable AMD or Nvidia specific options in game or we left them at their defaults.

Testing Software and methodology

Graphics quality settings were not changed between the resolutions.

  1. 3DMark Firestrike – One run Per GPU
    1. Standard, Extreme and Ultimate with no custom options.
  2. Alien Isolation-
    1. Preset at Ultra. Build in benchmark used. Recorded with Fraps.
  3. Battlefield Hardline
    1. Ultra Quality settings
    2. 5 minute game play run on Gator Bait level.
  4. Bioshock Infinite
    1. Adrenaline Benchmark tool – Ultra Quality + DDOF
  5.  Crysis 3
    1. System Spec – Very High
    2. AA- SMAA High (4x)
    3. Texture Resolution Very High
    4. Advanced Graphics – Very High
    5. AF 16x
    6. Motion Blur Amount-medium
    7. 5 Minute game play run after the introduction.
  6. FarCry 4
    1. Graphics Quality Ultra
    2. 5 minute game play. From Arjay’s house on the cliff – fly across the river in the wing suit. Once we land, grab a car and head to Pagan Min’s palace.
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
    1. All options set to their maximum. AO & Tesselation set to High.
    2. 5 Minute game play in story mode. Start at the safe house in Vinewood hills and drive to the air port and back.
  8. Metro Last Light Redux
    1. Built in Benchmark.
    2. Direct X 11
    3. Quality Very High
    4. Texture Filtering AF 16x
    5. Motion Blur Normal
    6. Tesselation Very High
    7. SSAA and Advance PhysX were disabled.
  9. Shadows of Mordor
    1. Graphic Quality Preset to Ultra
    2. Max FPS set to No Limit.
    3. 5 minutes game play after tutorial. Run through the large pit after jumping off the tower and kill as many enemies in the time limit.
  10. TESV:Sky Rim
    1. Graphics Quality preset set to Ultra.
    2. 5 Minute game play after the dragon attacks and you gain control of the character.
  11. Tomb Raider
    1. Adrenaline Benchmark tool- Ultimate Quality
  12. Witcher 3
    1. Graphics Quality set to Ultra.
    2. 5 minutes of game play after getting to White Orchard. We explored the town and the map to find as many enemies in the time allotted.

 

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