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AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 versus Radeon R9 Fury X

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Tuesday , September 05, 2017

We take the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, AMD’s previously fastest GPU for high-end gaming and find out if the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 provides an upgrade path for those on the previous video card. We find out how much faster it is and if it can provide better performance for less money.

Introduction

Last week we took a look at AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 versus the AMD Radeon R9 Fury, AMD’s last high-end video card. We wanted to find out if Vega provided a solid upgrade path from the Fury series of two years ago. In that evaluation, we found about an average of 25% better performance offered (varying by game) with Vega 56. This allowed gamers of the Fury to enjoy 1440p gaming if upgrading to Vega 56.

Today we are going to do further testing, this time taking the new AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and comparing it to the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X. In a similar vein, both the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and AMD Radeon R9 Fury X share similar specifications as far as compute units, stream processors, ROPs and texture units go. It is therefore up to architecture, and a lot more clock speed, to make up the difference in performance.

Above you will find both the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and AMD Radeon R9 Fury X have 64 Compute Units, 4096 Stream Processors, 64 ROPs and 256 Texture Units. AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 has an updated architecture, and a lot more clock speed. While AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 uses HBM2, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X still has the highest memory bandwidth at 512 GB/sec due to the pin configuration of 4096-bit. However, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 has the advantage of having a capacity of 8GB, being advantageous at 1440p.

The original MSRP of AMD Radeon R9 Fury X was $649, which is a lot more than AMD is asking for the much faster AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. Quoted TDP is not too far apart from each other, but, as you will see later on it is in reality quite far apart.

Keep in mind the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is of course liquid cooled using an AIO cooler. This means it is able to maintain its clock speed of 1050MHz consistently.