AMD Radeon R9 Fury Unlocked as Fury X, Overclocked to 1 GHz HBM

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2015 - 05:29 PM |
Tagged: STRIX R9 Fury, Radeon R9 Fury, overclocking, oc, LN2, hbm, fury x, asus, amd

What happens when you unlock an AMD Fury to have the Compute Units of a Fury X, and then overclock the snot out of it using LN2? User Xtreme Addict in the HWBot forums has created a comprehensive guide to do just this, and the results are incredible.

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Not for the faint of heart (image credit: Xtreme Addict)

"The steps include unlocking the Compute Units to enable Fury X grade performance, enabling the hotwire soldering pads, a 0.95v Rail mod, and of course the trimpot/hotwire VGPU, VMEM, VPLL (VDDCI) mods.

The result? A GPU frequency of 1450 MHz and HBM frequency of 1000 MHz. For the HBM that's a 100% overclock."

Beginning with a stock ASUS R9 Fury STRIX card Xtreme Addict performed some surgery to fully unlock the voltage, and unlocked the Compute Units using a tool from this thread.

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The results? Staggering. HBM at 1000 MHz is double the rate of the stock Fury X, and a GPU core of 1450 MHz is a 400 MHz increase. So what kind of performance did this heavily overclocked card achieve?

"The performance goes up from 6237 points at default to 6756 after unlocking the CUs, then 8121 points after overclock on air cooling, to eventually end up at 9634 points when fully unleashed with liquid nitrogen."

Apparently they were able to push the card even further, ending up with a whopping 10033 score in 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme.

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While this method is far too extreme for 99% of enthusiasts, the idea of unlocking a retail Fury to the level of a Fury X through software/BIOS mods is much more accessible, as is the possibility of reaching much higher clocks through advanced cooling methods.

Unfortunately, if reading through this makes you want to run out and grab one of these STRIX cards availability is still limited. Hopefully supply catches up to demand in the near future.

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A quick look at stock status on Newegg for the featured R9 Fury card

Source: HWBot

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August 12, 2015 | 07:03 PM - Posted by fkr

if only i had the extra money to play around with this would be a blast.

August 12, 2015 | 09:52 PM - Posted by Cyclops

Yep, that's 1 TB/s of memory bandwidth.

August 13, 2015 | 02:49 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

6950 all over again, lel. In Russia we have a saying for this: "Всё новое, это хорошо забытое старое" ("Everything new is actually just well forgotten old").

August 13, 2015 | 08:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

In English, it's best stated as "Everything old is new again." Case in point, hipsters. :-)

August 17, 2015 | 06:06 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

It was a literal translation.

August 13, 2015 | 02:50 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Daaang! That's one heck of an overclock!

The possibility to unlock a Fury into a Fury X is exciting, brings me back to the fun of unlocking my 6950 to a 6970 (and it's still going strong even after beating it up Bitcoin minin and F@H over the years :P).

August 13, 2015 | 03:32 AM - Posted by Dallas Humphrey (not verified)

well my dual 970's get 18200 or so on normal...idk on extreme

August 13, 2015 | 03:41 AM - Posted by Garry (not verified)

Pity the Linux support from AMD's drivers is so poor.

Heck of an overclock though.

FWIW this week I replaced the 660ti with a 980ti. Yeah, happy with the improvement..


August 13, 2015 | 08:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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August 13, 2015 | 05:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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August 13, 2015 | 06:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Really with L2N to only get 400Mhz on the core lol
My normal reference 980ti gets 500Mhz on the core without breaking a sweat. Highest I can push that is close to 1580Mhz but after about 30 min it won't hold.

August 13, 2015 | 06:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Still pretty sad for the Fury...

980Ti reaches 13532 score with a core clock of 1773Mhz, yes over 700Mhz on the core thnx to Kingpin.

August 13, 2015 | 08:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The K|ngp|n cards are specifically designed for OC and probably the cards with the best OC possible.

Who knows how well a Fiji-based K|ngp|n card would perform... maybe it would also being able to reach the 700 MHz above base clock.

August 13, 2015 | 09:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They don't exist and never will. The best that can be done is maybe Sapphire but they don't that kind of stuff so there ya go...

August 13, 2015 | 02:17 PM - Posted by obababoy

Who cares if your GPU overclocks to something ridiculous under LN2. No one is going to play games like that so it is useless..Stop your stupid trolling and go away.

August 13, 2015 | 11:44 AM - Posted by Genova84

Holy heck that's a nice score! With 2 980tis I'm getting 15k

August 14, 2015 | 12:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Your score is valid though. His is not, tessellation is disabled.

August 14, 2015 | 12:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Im referring to the Fury score of course...

August 13, 2015 | 11:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now try this with a Nano.

August 14, 2015 | 02:10 AM - Posted by sensacion7

I'm surprised they managed to unlock the compute units !

August 15, 2015 | 07:06 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't understand why people are comparing an unlocked £450 Fury card to an £860 980 Ti kingpin. Obviously the kingpin will win, but how would two unlocked furies compare, considering similar price?

August 15, 2015 | 07:29 AM - Posted by skline00

Maybe Joe Macri of AMD had been talking to Xtreme Addict beforehand when he said the FuryX was an Overclocker's dream!

August 16, 2015 | 12:28 AM - Posted by Jules (not verified)

IT'S OVER 9000!!

August 17, 2015 | 03:16 PM - Posted by fkr

8121 points after overclock on air cooling, on air is a pretty good score

August 19, 2015 | 02:51 PM - Posted by Torsoreaper (not verified)

Pretty exciting to get that score and then have to play at 4k 30hz because AMD couldn't be bothered to put an HDMI 2.0 port on a $550 card. Yes I know there are adapters, I just think it's retarded to not have HDMI 2.0 on a card in 2015.

September 20, 2015 | 04:52 PM - Posted by RebeccaS (not verified)

I'd normally prefer DisplayPort over HDMI either way though, so I don't really see the major issue with it. HDMI feels more like a home theater solution to me, while DisplayPort is more of a dedicated PC format.

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