The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers.
XFX Radeon R9 Fury Idle and Load Temps:
When it comes to temperatures the XFX Radeon R9 Fury idled at 26C on our open air test bench and got up to 76C when gaming for over an hour non-stop.
Here is a chart that shows the temperatures of the XFX Radeon R9 Fury versus some other high-end desktop cards.
We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.
The XFX Radeon R9 Fury is pretty quiet since the three fans don’t need to ramp up until you reach over 70C on the GPU core and when they do the noise level really isn’t that bad.
** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn’t willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **