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Review: AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

by Tarinder Sandhu on 24 June 2015, 13:01


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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Homepage: | Publisher: CD Projekt RED | Developer: CD Projekt RED

Has there ever been a better-looking action RPG? Quite a few of you picked The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as your most visually stunning computer game of all time, and we don't blame you as it does look incredible. Such visuals do come at a cost, mind, as this is one of the most GPU-intensive titles in our suite.

It's damn close in the Witcher 3 benchmarks, but even at high-quality settings, no card is super smooth at 4K.

When you have a mere one-third of frames within 25ms you know the game is going to feel choppy.

Another case of where the average and frame consistency times aren't telling the whole story. We'd hardly describe the GTX 980 Ti's performance as smooth at 4K, yet it felt better than the Fury X, even though they returned similar frame-rates. The proof is in the 99th percentile results.

Can we say this has to do with a 4GB framebuffer as opposed to 6GB or 12GB on the two Nvidia cards, or is it a question of driver optimisations? The truth is that we don't know, irrespective of what GPU-Z is telling us about memory usage, but one thing is for sure, the GeForces are smoother, if not outright faster.

Winner: GeForce GTX 980 Ti.