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Sapphire Launches A New Flagship: Nitro R9 Fury

Sapphire has announced a new flagship graphics card based on AMD’s Fury Pro specifications. The Nitro R9 Fury features a custom PCB with reworked circuitry and a higher overclock than the Tri-X OC Fury we tested last year.

Sapphire’s R9 Fury Tri-X was one of the first overclocked Fury Pro cards to hit the market, and now the company has come back with even more aggressive clock speeds. The Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury has just been announced, and it comes in two flavors. The Nitro R9 Fury OC has a modest 20 MHz overclock, setting the Fiji GPU at 1020 MHz. The Nitro R9 Fury OC+ comes with a more aggressive 1050 MHz overclock, which represents a 50 MHz boost from stock and 10 MHz over Sapphire’s own Tri-X OC edition.

Sapphire’s Nitro R9 Fury shares many of the same features as the Tri-X R9 Fury. Both cards use the same robust Tri-X cooling system, with central 10 mm heat pipe and triple 90 mm fans, and they both include a thick aluminum back plate to aid cooling the backside of the PCB. The main difference between the Tri-X R9 Fury and the newly launched Nitro R9 Fury is the PCB design.

Sapphire said the Nitro R9 Fury’s PCB includes 6-phase circuitry on an 8-layer PCB, which features 2 Oz of copper, enabling Sapphire to push 360 Amps through the GPU. The company said this is to help deliver reliable, stable power while overclocking. Sapphire claimed tha t this results in 20% lower VRM temperatures and higher stable clock speeds.

Sapphire’s Nitro R9 Fury has also been equipped with a dual-BIOS switch. The default setting sets the GPU to 1000 MHz and limits the power draw to 260 W and the GPU temperature to 75 degrees C. The second BIOS is set much more aggressively. The power limit is increased to 300 W, and the GPU temperature target raised to 80 degrees C. With this BIOS, the GPU’s factory setting is 1020 MHz for the OC version and 1050 MHz for the OC+ variant.

Sapphire noted that the Nitro R9 Fury uses Black Diamond chokes, and the design has been optimized to minimize coil noise, which is something we noted to be prominent on the overclocked Tri-X R9 Fury.

ModelSAPPHIRENITRO R9 FURYOC+SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY OC
GraphicsprocessorFiji ProFiji Pro
Manufacturing process28 nm28 nm
Memory4 GB HBM 4096-bit4 GB HBM 4096-bit
Stream processors35843584
Texture units224224
ROPs6464
Engine clock1050 MHz (OC+)1020 MHz (OC)
Memory clock500 MHz500 MHz
Cooling systemTri-X triple-fancooling with dual-ball bearings, 90mm fans;Tri-X triple-fancooling with dual-ball bearings, 90mm fans;
5 copper heatpipes(1x 10mm, 2x8mm,2x 6mm),5 coppe rheatpipes(1x 10mm, 2x8mm,2x 6mm),
AMD Advanced Fan Control and SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control IIAMD Advanced Fan Control and SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control II
Outputs3x DisplayPort,HDMI 1.4a,DVI-D3x DisplayPort,HDMI 1.4a,DVI-D
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0PCI-Express 3.0
Special featuresDual Firmware (Default &Performance)Dual Firmware (Default &Performance)
Black Diamond ChokeBlack Diamond Choke
TechnologiesDirectX 12,Vulkan, Mantle, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMDFreeSync, AMDCrossFireXDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMDLiquidVRDirectX 12,Vulkan, Mantle, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0, AMDFreeSync, AMDCrossFireXDMA (bridgeless), AMD Eyefinity, AMDLiquidVR

The Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury is available now through various retailers and online stores.

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  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    "Sapphire said the Nitro R9 Fury’s PCB includes 6-phase circuitry on an 8-layer PCB, which features 2 Oz of copper, enabling Sapphire to push 360 Amps through the GPU. "


    Well, 360 Amps in a single GPU is absolutely incredible! Perhaps a little too incredible... :)

    Maybe you meant 360 watts.
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  • Epsilon_0EVP
    From what I remember, the power delivery circuitry in the card reduces voltage to about 1V by the time it gets to the GPU. So 360A is exactly equivalent to 360W; they're just quoting the figure in amps.
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  • Moeseph de tyre
    360 amps would be correct. P=VI, 1.2 volts times 360 amps equals 432 watts. So there is the headroom for a hungry Fiji when over clocked.
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  • kcarbotte
    17307546 said:
    "Sapphire said the Nitro R9 Fury’s PCB includes 6-phase circuitry on an 8-layer PCB, which features 2 Oz of copper, enabling Sapphire to push 360 Amps through the GPU. "


    Well, 360 Amps in a single GPU is absolutely incredible! Perhaps a little too incredible... :)

    Maybe you meant 360 watts.

    it's possible that Sapphire meant watts, but the release clearly states 360 amps.
    Just because the PCB can handle that much power, doesn't mean it will ever happen in the real world. I believe this is just Sapphire over building the PCB, but you bring up a good point.

    I will reach out to Sapphire for clarification of this.
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  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    From what I remember, the power delivery circuitry in the card reduces voltage to about 1V by the time it gets to the GPU. So 360A is exactly equivalent to 360W; they're just quoting the figure in amps.

    True, but I don't think they are reducing the voltage and greatly increasing the amperage. That would seem like a bit of unnecessary circuitry.
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  • ko888
    That card's GPU operates at 1.22 Volts when running a 3D load. The input voltage of 12 Volts needs to be dropped down to 1.22 Volts by the VRM circuit.

    Since that card can draw over 440 Watts, when running Furmark, then Ohm's Law tells us that the GPU will draw:
    440 Watts ÷ 1.22 Volts = 361 Amps.
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  • Epsilon_0EVP
    17308210 said:
    That card's GPU operates at 1.22 Volts when running a 3D load. The input voltage of 12 Volts needs to be dropped down to 1.22 Volts by the VRM circuit.

    Since that card can draw over 440 Watts, when running Furmark, then Ohm's Law tells us that the GPU will draw:
    440 Watts ÷ 1.22 Volts = 361 Amps.

    That's not Ohm's Law, but the calculations themselves are correct.
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  • ko888
    17308291 said:
    17308210 said:
    That card's GPU operates at 1.22 Volts when running a 3D load. The input voltage of 12 Volts needs to be dropped down to 1.22 Volts by the VRM circuit.

    Since that card can draw over 440 Watts, when running Furmark, then Ohm's Law tells us that the GPU will draw:
    440 Watts ÷ 1.22 Volts = 361 Amps.

    That's not Ohm's Law, but the calculations themselves are correct.

    When I took Electrical Engineering in university it sure was.
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  • toddybody
    How are non-reference Fiji clocks now? Last I saw (launch articles), they were struggling to take Fury X's over 75Mhz...which blew my mind.
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  • Epsilon_0EVP
    17308371 said:
    When I took Electrical Engineering in university it sure was.

    From the ECE/Physics courses I took, what is now known as Ohm's Law is only the equation V = IR (and any directly related equation). The formula P = VI is the electric power formula. Perhaps it was taught differently where/when you were taught.

    The diagram you provide only uses the two laws in conjunction to write any one of the four variables in terms of the two others. Note that no single expression in the diagram uses more than two variables, indicating two degrees of freedom consistent with two equations.
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