Meet ASUS' DirectCU III on the Radeon Fury

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2015 - 03:34 PM |
Tagged: Fury, DirectCU III, asus, amd

The popular ASUS STRIX series has recently been updated with the DirectCU III custom cooler, on both the GTX 980 and the new Radeon Fury.  This version uses dual-10mm heatpipes and Triple Wing-Blade fans which are billed as providing 220% larger surface area as well as an increase in air pressure of 105%, which provide a claimed 40% reduction in temperature.  We cannot directly compare the cooling ability directly to the retail model, however [H]ard|OCP's tests show you can indeed cool a Fury on air, 71C at full load is lower than the 81C seen on a GTX 980.  Even more impressive is that fans were only at 43% speed and operating almost silently, at the cost of increased noise you could lower those temperatures if you desired.  Check out their full review to see how the card did but do take note, [H] does not at this time have access to the new GPU Tweak II utility required to overclock the card.

-update - now with less X's

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"AMD's Radeon Fury X is here, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury presents itself and we evaluate a full retail custom ASUS STRIX R9 Fury using ASUS' new DirectCU III technology. We will compare this to a GeForce GTX 980 using the new drivers AMD just released and find out what kind of gameplay experience the R9 Fury has to offer."

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July 13, 2015 | 03:42 PM - Posted by ciddo (not verified)

I think you mean Radeon Fury (non X) right?

July 13, 2015 | 04:19 PM - Posted by Rustknuckle (not verified)

Its the non X card that is tested, not the X model.

July 13, 2015 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I love you and your moustache, Jeremy, but I really hope that the guys give you all kinds of trouble on this week's podcast over that.

That being the vanilla Fury, not Fury X, that has the Strix DC3 cooler.

July 13, 2015 | 04:57 PM - Posted by Speely

p.s. That was me - I forgot I wasn't signed in.

July 13, 2015 | 05:17 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom



Furry XXX

July 13, 2015 | 05:32 PM - Posted by Speely



July 13, 2015 | 08:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fury XXX vs Titan XXX!! Which one is better!!

July 14, 2015 | 10:24 AM - Posted by Speely

It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean. ;)

July 13, 2015 | 05:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

According to Anandtech, it sucks complete balls compared to the Sapphire cooler. Avoid.

July 14, 2015 | 10:59 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's definitely not the Sapphire quality, hell ASUS does not even use the reference PCB, and the Sapphire gets more airflow through their the thicker radiator that allows air to directly flow through that section of the card not occupied by PCB. I'm waiting for AMD to make a dual flagship GPU with both GPUs on the same interposer, with 4096 or more traces between the two GPUs in addition to the 4096 traces to the HNM stacks. And AMD has the HBM2 factory output sewn up to, as all the production will be for AMDs usage initially, that's one investment that has paid off for AMD, being partners in developing the HBM standard from the beginning. HBM2 is pretty much a drop in replacement for HBM, so AMD has the integration work done, I wonder if the FURY X and its derivatives will get some HBM2 updates, before Greenland graphics is released.

July 14, 2015 | 11:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

edit: HMN stacks
to: HBM stacks

July 13, 2015 | 05:31 PM - Posted by StephanS

Reviews seem to be all over the place... so.

I picked 6 games (see data below) from Fury review results, and made my own 'reviewer conclusion' from it.

"The Fury made its mark on the GTX 980 by being on average 25% faster, and in some games, like Farcry4 and Skyrim, even its entering GTX 980 TI territory.

This is astounding, considering that the Fury does all this so quietly.

The Fury receive our Platnium award for its state of the art technology and its whisper quiet performance.

Here are the number to backup by 25% average and upto 33% faster then a GTX 980.

Also, if you look at many site power numbers.. they make no sense as they are presented completely out of context.
Yet, the author many strong conclusion from it.

AMD seem to have literally the world against them. (themselves included)

GTX 980 VS Fury @ 4K

Farcry4 : 4K Ultra setting : anandtech : Fury 33% faster (31.2 VS 41.5)fps

Shadow of Mordor 4k : Ultra quality ; anandtech : Fury 24% faster (35.8 VS 44.6)fps

Beyond earth 4K Ultra Quality : anandtech : Fury 17% faster (52.5 vs 61.5)fps

Crysis3 4K Very High image quality : PCPer : Fury 28% faster

Metro last light 4K Very high quality : PCPer : fury 20% faster

Skyrim 4K : PCPer : Fury 30% faster

July 14, 2015 | 01:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

From what I'm reading at anandtech the Sapphire version of this card is almost completely silent and cooler than the Asus version. I mean they had a hard time picking up fan noise over background.

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