AMD R9 Fury X Gets It’s Voltage and HBM Unlocked By Sapphire Trixx
If there’s one thing that sucks about the Fury range of cards from AMD, it’s that they suck when it comes to overclocking. When it launched a few months ago, reviewers shared their frustrations with the world as they had limited overclocking headroom due to voltage locks and limitations placed on the speed of the HBM. There have been hacks and mods along the way to circumvent these limitations, and they hinted at some stellar performance once overclocked. Now, however, things have finally turned for the better, with Sapphire’s Trixx 5.2.1 software able to unlock both the voltage and the ability to alter memory speeds in the R9 Fury X.
So, for those AMD users with a need to overclock and have been left unfulfilled, they can finally access that hidden potential within their Fury X and throttle out more performance, something NVIDIA GTX 980Ti users enjoy quite copiously. It’s always been a bit of a let down that the Fury X shipped with such a robust cooling system capable of 500W thermal dissipation, and yet there was no where to make use of that extra thermal headroom. If anything, now there is some rationale for users who feel that the cooling is a wasted extra, and can now make use of it to cool their overclocked Fury X cards. No word on whether this voids warranty(not that they could tell most likely) but it does close the gap somewhat between the value propositions for the GTX 980 Ti and Fury X. It’s unsure whether this is an “allowed” software release by AMD, since we recall the MSI debacle with the GTX 680 Lightning and the “unlocked voltage” bios meaning MSI had no warranty claims with NVIDIA if they continued to sell “unlocked” GTX 680 Lightnings. Regardless, this is a win for consumers, so get downloading the Trixx software before AMD decide it’s not allowed anymore. We’re also assuming this would work with the R9 Fury as well, so there’s most likely extra performance in it for those users as well.