AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Complete Teardown

Radeon R9 Fury X Video Card

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X was announced earlier this week and  and even the benchmark numbers by AMD have been published. One of the last things left to do is to tear down the card and show you what makes up the latest flagship card from AMD.

Radeon R9 Fury X PCB

The PCB for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card is just 7.6-inches in length making this water cooled card the smallest flagship graphics card that we have ever seen from either AMD or NVIDIA. The Radeon R9 Fury X has a 275W Typical Board Power rating, but the two 8-pin PCIe connectors and the PCIe x16 slot itself means that the card can easily pull 375 Watts if so needed.


In the image above you can better see the 6-phase power delivery solution that AMD went with on the Radeon R9 Fury X video card. AMD said that this design is capable of delivering 400 Amps of power to the GPU and HBM!

Let’s take a closer look at the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video cards water cooler design that has a thermal capacity of 500W and keeps the Fury X at just 50C during typical gaming sessions.

Radeon R9 Fury X GPU Cooler

The images above show the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPU Cooler that is under the metal housing on the card. AMD selected Cooler Master to come up with the reference design cooler on the Fury X and it looks to be pretty well built.

Radeon R9 Fury X GPU Cooler

One of the copper water pipes is also flattened at one point to make contact with the Radeon R9 Fury X’s power components to help keep them cool as well.

Radeon R9 Fury X GPU Cooler

From what it looks like both the GPU die and the HMB memory make contact with the waterblock itself. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X appears to have a full coverage water block right from the factory!

AMD Fiji GPU with HMB1

The GPU and HBM appear to be close to the same height, but nothing too drastic or something a little thermal paste can’t even out. Notice in the image above that the GPU was ‘made in Korea’ according to the metal die protector ring. It appears that AMD is sending the GPU dies from TSMC to SKHynix in Korea and having them assemble the GPU and HBM onto the interposer and the overall silicon package.

Radeon R9 Fury X Radiator

The 120mm Radiator used on the features a unique reservoir on the side of it that actually extends below the cooling fan. This extra space allows for more coolant to be used and AMD says that it really does help performance.

Radeon R9 Fury X Radiator

AMD is using the ribbed hard plastic line that has anti-kink properties, so it is somewhat flexible and shouldn’t kink up when routed in your system. The water tubing is 400mm long and has been individually sleeved, so you’ll have two 400mm long connectors going between the card itself and the radiator. You’ll also have a 400mm long sleeved cable for the cooling fan.

Radeon R9 Fury X Front

AMD went with a Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm Fan that is made by Nidec Servo Corporation in Japan for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference design. We believe the exact model number is D1225C12B7AP-29 as we were told that it tops out at 3,000 RPM. This 120mm fan has a stabilizing ring on the fan blades to help keep noise down and to handle high resistance when used on radiators in applications such as this.

AMD sleeved the fan separately from the cooling tubes to allow enthusiasts to change out the fan if they desire to do so at a later time. The radiator uses the standard 120mm mounting configuration and should fit in most any case sold on the market in recent years.


We’re anxious to see how the card performs in our own system once we get a chance to test it out.

  • oshima

    water cooling from stock…. this is kind of frightening.
    this just shows how this card will overheat like the gates of hell!

    1 or 2 years from the first use it will need a reballing

    • Jason H

      It actually doesn’t tell you anything by itself. The actual specs do though. 275w TDP and they are using a 500w cooler. 2 8pin power connectors allow it to draw 375w. Normal operation @ load is 50c 32db. That means the cooler is there for silent cool normal operation and gobs of OC headroom.

  • Terry Perry

    YEA wright my 970 runs on a 500 watt P.S. my 280X needs 750 watts. The 960 needs only 450 watts try that with AMD cards. Good Luck on Booting Up.

    • Jason H

      Your rigs suck then. I run a rig with a Gigabyte R9 290 Windforce (its faster than your 970 and 280x), overclocked 2500k, 16GB 2400 DDR3, SSDs and traditional HDs for storage. It draws 500w at the wall. Aside from that, it’s not the wattage that matters so much as the amperage on the rail(s). Sapphire’s 750w suggestion is not inline with reality.

      • Jordan White

        Sorry for late… very late reply but in real world performance the 970 performs slightly better in games than the 290 and 290x. In GTA 5 benchmarks even with the memory advantage (3.5GB vs 4GB of high-speed memory) it has roughly 5fps extra.

        Synthetic benchmarks leave the 290x as the winning card but we don’t buy expensive cards for synthetics. Overclocking the 970 puts it significantly ahead too. I don’t know how AMD cards perform in overclocking with their already extremely high temperatures but I OC’d my 970 by +440 mem and +180 core and the performance gains are pretty impressive. Not entirely sure what my current clock speed is but originally it was reference speeds.

    • swing84

      First, Sapphire only makes AMD cards. Second, Sapphire knows almost all computer builders use the cheapest [garbage] PSU they can find, because they do not know the importance of a quality PSU, and large OEMs, such as Dell and others, use garbage power supplies.

      I helped someone earlier with a power supply question. I did the following just for him:

      “I just ran 3DMark and then a game of World of Tanks. Again, my system: includes [i5 3570K overclocked to 4.0GHz, R9 290 overclocked GPU 1000MHz & RAM 1400MHz x4 = 5600MHz], a 40 inch screen, UPS, external modom, powered headphones, and more.

      Spiked to 437 Watts – once, the first test ~ 375 watts most of the time, was ~ 412 watts during the most demanding portion of the benchmark. Was ~ 395 watts most of the time overall.

      World of Tanks…
      Ran often between 345 watts and 355 watts, mostly 345 watts or less – remember, that is my entire computer system […not just what is inside the case].”
      My power supply is a Seasonic 660 watt Platinum Series.

  • marx

    bye,bye Nvidia :))) HAAAAAAA-HAAAAA 😀 like always,AMD wins!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Damian Palmares

      How’s that winning working out for ya now …lol

      • marx


        • Jordan White

          Suck fanboyism

        • marx

          AMD FX-8370 VS Intel Core i7 5960X!!! ULTIMATE SHOW DOWN!!! 😀

  • JuaaO

    Time to fap

  • Gibbo McCool

    The manual says that the radiator should be mounted above the card and “on the side of the chassis so that the tubesexit from the bottom edge of the radiator” So it can’t be put at the top of the case ?? Are they just being overly cautious ?

    • Eita.K

      Well the forces exerted on the card may warp it.

  • Socius

    Was mostly interested in the flow rate of the design/power of the pump. Any word on that?

    • David C. Li

      I didn’t see any markings on the pump, but then again, that boxy metal thing might be a shield they can remove. They could release the pump part number and there might be a spec sheet somewhere out there..

      Or if they wanted to tear it down some more, they could break the line and hook it to a flowmeter, or if the pump has encoder feedback for its impeller, they could calculate the flow rate from the encoder and volumetric displacement per revolution (guestimation on this).