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.

Model
SAPPHIRENITRO R9 FURYOC+
SAPPHIRE NITRO R9 FURY OC  
Graphicsprocessor 
Fiji Pro 
Fiji Pro 
Manufacturing process 
28 nm 
28 nm 
Memory 
4 GB HBM 4096-bit 
4 GB HBM 4096-bit 
Stream processors 
3584 
3584 
Texture units 
224 
224 
ROPs 
64 
64 
Engine clock 
1050 MHz (OC+)
1020 MHz (OC) 
Memory clock  
500 MHz  
500 MHz  
Cooling system 
Tri-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 II 
AMD Advanced Fan Control and
SAPPHIRE Intelligent Fan Control II 
Outputs 
3x DisplayPort,HDMI 1.4a,DVI-D 
3x DisplayPort,HDMI 1.4a,DVI-D 
Interface 
PCI-Express 3.0 
PCI-Express 3.0 
Special features 
Dual Firmware (Default &Performance) 
Dual Firmware (Default &Performance) 
Black Diamond Choke 
Black Diamond Choke 
Technologies 
DirectX 12,Vulkan, Mantle, OpenGL 4.5,
OpenCL 2.0, AMDFreeSync,
AMDCrossFireXDMA (bridgeless),
AMD Eyefinity, AMDLiquidVR 
DirectX 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.