Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Review


Overclocking, Thermals, and Power Consumption

Overclocking, Thermals and Power Consumption

A big selling factor of the Nitro Fury is the overclocking potential.  Now with unlocked voltage and a freshly redesigned power delivery system expert overclockers are likely hit beyond the speeds I did.  Using MSI Afterburner and simply increasing the power limit to +50 I was able to easily reach 1150mhz on the core, Voltage and Memory overclocking was left alone as this model had to be returned to Sapphire.  Now this wasn’t a massive overclock by any means, especially when you consider our reference GTX 980 was able to hit 1456mhz on the core and 7894mhz on the memory.  But as the results show it only extends the lead the Nitro Fury has over the GTX 980

Thermals stay in check with the Nitro staying under its target temperature at all times even while in case with the side panel on.  Even when overclocked and the fan profile barely ramping up at all it still manages to keep it as cool as a stock clocked reference GTX 980 and just as quiet. Thermals were tested with the side panel on the case and 30 minutes of looping Unigine Valley, sound was measured with a meter one foot from side of case immediately after the panel was removed once temperatures were noted.

Where the Nitro gets left in the dust however is the power consumption charts at stock clocks it pulls roughly 75 watts more than the stock GTX 980 under a 1440p gaming load.  Overclock it and it pulls nearly 100 watts more than an overclocked GTX 980 system.  But, there is a bit of ray of light for red team fans.  The overclocked GTX 980 closes in the gap vs the stock Nitro Fury and at that point you’re looking at only a much more palatable 48w difference.


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