Christmas is a great time for finding deals on various bits of equipment, and Newegg is offering an AMD Fury X at rock-bottom pricing. There’s an XFX version of the GPU for $319 at Newegg right now, and while we don’t normally recommend cards based on rebates, you can pull the total price down to $299 if you’re willing to submit one. That’s a pretty insane deal by any measure. When we compared the Radeon Fury against the GTX 1060 earlier this year, we noted that the Fury was a compelling challenger compared to the GTX 1060. The Fury X is roughly 10% faster than the Fury, which means this is about as good a deal as you can get on a $300 GPU.
There are a few caveats to keep in mind. First, the Fury X is limited to a 4GB memory buffer, while other cards in this category now regularly offer more. Whether or not that’s an issue will depend on what kind of games you play and how often you upgrade. Our 4GB memory testing last year demonstrated that 2015-era GPUs tend to run out of steam before the memory limit becomes a problem, and that’s still true of the other $300 GPUs competing in this territory.
Tech specs on the Fury X
There are a few things to be aware of if you’re eying a Fury X. First, it’s an older GPU and draws a fair bit of power as a result, so make sure to check power supply requirements and make certain your own hardware is within spec. The 4GB memory limitation is also a bit of a barrier at this point — it should be fine for current and future titles, provided you’re playing at 1080p or 1440p, but 4K isn’t a great resolution for the Fury X, even though the card can technically drive it.
The bottom line is this: A $299 – $319 Fury X is a crazy deal. It’s easily the fastest GPU you can buy in this price bracket, albeit temporarily. The radiator and blower help keep things cool and the GPU supports features like AMD’s FreeSync for smoother gaming on supported monitors. Even the 4GB memory buffer shouldn’t be a major problem — while GPU buffers have grown of late, a number of the most popular cards on the market, including the GTX 970 and GTX 980s were both 4GB cards. Nvidia’s Pascal has been lighting up the charts, but Maxwell and GCN-based hardware will still be supported in-market for some time to come.