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Pros: Unlike any other AMD GPU before the Fiji chip is the coolest by far. No fans this idles 33C. Sapphire upgraded reference design from 6 layer PCB to custom 8 PCB layer with double sided black diamond capacitors. Their Tri-X cooling solution and custom fit heat pipes keep this GPU cool even during long hours of full load gaming it only maxes 58C with 60% manual fan speed I keep.
I run this without any voltage bump 1100 MHz over clock on the Core. I game on 2560x1440 60 Hz IPS monitor with game settings on Ultra in Shadows of Mordor 60 FPS average, Star Wars Battlefront 105 FPS average, Crysis 3 Very High (which is highest) 58 FPS average, and Far Cry 4 Ultra 104 FPS average.
Got gaming comfortably at 1150 MHz very stable with +96 mV 24/7 if I want.
Acoustically this GPU is the quietest I've ever owned and that includes a long list Nvidia and AMD GPU's. At 60% max fan speed it's a hush sound compared to my previous GPU's gaming. I tested it at 100% fan speed and did not come close to any others I've owned at 100% fan speed.
This is unlike any other AMD GPU I've ever owned. It breaks all nostalgia they run loud as vacuum cleaners and hot as a furnace. It's complete 360 degree change from my 290X. Good days moving forward I think from AMD with their chips and it only gets better with Polaris coming.
Paid $499.99 on sale and at that price it's priced in comparison with GTX 980. Except for power consumption it beats the 980 in performance, acoustics, HBM memory bandwidth, and temperatures making this the price / performance winner at this price range. I was amazed because this was for a Sapphire Nitro which usually comes with premium due to come higher quality components to make this card over the normal TRI-X.
Crimson software is in right direction to a control panel as AMD has ever been. I'm running 15.12 Crimson gaming with no issues and did a bunch of benching. I run manual fans speeds using AB.
@ 1175 MHz Core +96 Mv I hit 3Dmark 11 score of 16067, Firestrike 14026 with my 4790K @ 4.6 GHz OC.
Sapphires Nitro over clocked to 1050 MHz guaranteed and under warranty for 2 years is nice. Sapphire is a solid manufacturer.
Cons: Fury X did not come air cooled when it easily could have. I did not prefer AIO cooling so this is the BEST air cooled GPU AMD has to offer.
Only CON for some might be It's long so you need space in your rig.
Other Thoughts: When priced at $500 any Fury GPU is the clear choice but unfortunately you have to wait for these sales as it's not normal as of yet. Remember HBM memory which costs more than GDDR5. So when priced $50 above other competition is actually priced correctly just doesn't feel that way. HBM memory is new and GDDR5 is going to age that much faster. If your needing a GPU right now and this is your price range for GPU, it's a clear choice for better everything except power consumption.
Remember to wipe all drivers from your system using AMD/Nvidia uninstaller, then DDU, and finally BradleyW's registry wipe just to make sure. Install Crimson and then your third party over clocking utility if your going to over clock.
Pros: Runs cool idle 31C full load 58C playing games at 1440p with no problems at maxed settings. Lowest I saw was 60 FPS, highest 100 FPS on average depending on game. Temps stayed the same.
Crimson drivers easy to install. AMD driver support seems to be on top of it lately. Fury will only mature in performance. No issues gaming. Benchmark 15000+ Score 3DMark11. Beats 980 I'm most games at 1440 and priced at $499 priced similar with new HBM it's a winner at this price segment and performance. Expect to pay more for HBM.
Backplate. Solid built. XFX warranty serial based easy resale.
HBM has higher memory high bandwidth than GDDR. It's what's new and other memory seems outdated when next Gen comes out.
Cons: Plain looking. Heavily in weight, nice if it were lighter. Serial sticker on backplate.
Other Thoughts: Very nice job with a powerful chip for air cooled Fiji. Implements all the new tech moving forward with VR, Vulkan, Mantle and DX12.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Zowie Gear ZA12 Wired USB Optical Gaming Mouse (Black)
Pros: No drivers needed, no LED lights, blue Huanon switches is great for FPS games, plastic light weight cord, can switch side buttons to either left or right, adjust DPI from bottom of mouse, 85 grams is very light and manageable gaming, plastic coating is same around mouse and feels good.
Cons: Scroll wheel isn't greatest but it is average and not something to deter me from buying another. Sort of pricey considering MSRP was $65 on release date.
Other Thoughts: No bloated software or invasive like Synapse. Blue Huanon switches can be stiff for some people. Feels great for FPS gaming so may not be suitable for all type of game play where one spams button 1&2.
Comes from third party vendor, add a couple days to shipping than normal. Not sure about refund or exchange procedure outside of Newegg so for that I was uneasy.
Serious gaming mouse. Hands for Might be too big for 17 cm hands, perfect for 18cm hands, may or may not be too small for 19cm hands.
No nonsense, straight forward gaming mouse. Higher rear end which is great for palm grips that also have a hybrid claw grip combo.