Trying Out the New AMD Radeon R9 Fury X for Crypto Currency Mining

1 Jul


The latest high-end GPU from AMD, namely the Radeon R9 Fury X, that has been just recently announced has managed to provide performance high enough to be equal to the competition in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti… at least hen we are talking about using video cards based on these GPUs for gaming. We already did some benchmarks to see how fast the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is for mining, so it is time to see if the Fury X will be able to compete with these results like it does for gaming. An interesting advantage that the Fiji GPUs used in the Fury X video cards is that they come with HBM memory and both the video memory and the GPU are water cooled. In theory this means that you get lower temperatures and silent operation and the Fury X does manage to provide that. One more thing that you would normally expect from a water cooled GPU is to have a lot of potential for overclock, but unfortunately this does not hold true for the Fury X or at least not with the first card out on the market at least. We barely managed to squeeze out just about 75 MHz extra from the GPU and there is no option to overclock the video memory for the moment.


So off to do some tests with some of the popular and more profitable algorithms for mining lately, we have used the latest sgminer along with some of the optimized forks available for different algorithms such as the one optimized for Quark and Qubit. Note that there are not yet specially optimized kernels for the Fury X or settings that work best, so we were trying to use ones that we are familiar with already from the 280 and 290 series from AMD. So some of these worked really well, while others not so well and the generally available OpenCL kernels did provide quite disappointing results actually…

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Results:
– X11 default: 6.778 MHS
– X11 Wolf0 Mod: 8.123 MHS

– X13 default: 5.614 MHS
– X13 Wolf0 Mod: 7.176 MHS

– X15 default: 4.69 MHS
– X15 Wolf0 Mod: 6.335 MHS

– Quark modified: 22.37 MHS
– Qubit modified: 21.15 MHS

– Neoscrypt default: 147 KHS

– Lyra2RE default: 287 KHS
– Lyra2RE Pallas Mod: 450 KHS

As you can see the results are a bit disappointing at this point, everything apart from the Quark and Qubit performance using the modified 280X kernels where the performance is really good and similar to that achieved on the GTX 980 Ti. Other modified/optimized kernels such as the ones for the X algorithms from Wolf0 or the Pallas mod for Lyra2Re do increase the performance a bit, but it it still disappointingly low. In fact on some algorithms you can expect to get worse results with Fury X than with a 280X for example, so we need to find better settings and maybe get optimized kernels especially for Fury X in order for that card to be viable for crypto currency mining. The only thing it is good for at the moment is for mining coins using the Quark and Qubit algorithm with the modified kernels, but then again buying a GTX 980 Ti instead could be the wiser choice for generally better mining performance for any algorithm supported… at least for the moment.

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11 Responses to Trying Out the New AMD Radeon R9 Fury X for Crypto Currency Mining


July 1st, 2015 at 12:50

Come on guys, hashrate is only one side of the story power consumption numbers are the other!
Power consumption is also a good indication on how a given algorithm/settings is optimized.


July 1st, 2015 at 14:02

Power consumption is only important here if the hashrate is good. When you are getting hashrate lower than that of a much cheaper 280X card it does not matter what the power usage is. So with the Fury X only the power usage in Quark and Qubit is relevant for the moment and it is at about 265W for the video card (360W for the whole system).


July 8th, 2015 at 19:33

Would you mind if you publish the whole optimized sgminer for R9 300 series? It would be useful, as I’m getting such bad hashrates from my R9 380.


July 8th, 2015 at 21:42

The AMD Radeon R9 380 is essentially an AMD Radeon R9 285, so don’t expect too much out of it. You can try renaming the binary kernels for 280X from the link above and see if they will work and if so how good they will perform.


July 10th, 2015 at 12:08

The problem is that this GPUs is based on Tonga, so I cannot find any mod from Wolf0 that works with my chip. Any solution? Thanks for replying.


January 28th, 2016 at 17:38

I’m having a terrible time getting anything except hardware errors with my r9 nano. Does anyone have some good suggestions or working config files I can try on it? I was able to get whirlpoolx to work on it a couple times, but it just seems buggy as hell for me.


January 31st, 2016 at 00:05

Update: I’m using to mine now, the provided software works great with the r9 nano for mining to nicehash or any other pool.

btc tips: 17QizxGN376qiKH8BDGudfpwQaoX9jTCQz


March 10th, 2016 at 20:52

4x R9 Nano 1050MHz/500MHz ETH mining gives stable 105MH/s peak 110MH/s
cards are very quiet _ mobo and intel G3250 8GB Ram taking from the power socket 1150Watts


April 9th, 2016 at 05:33

Help with the settings and driver for Mining on r9 fury x.


May 24th, 2016 at 03:07

uhhhh they must have updated something in the card since then it’s 5/23/16 and I have had an R9 Fury x running for a week straight- stock configuration I average 550-650 Kh/s peaking about 950 depending on network difficulty.
I am mining orbit coin right now.
There isn’t much I have been able to tweak before crashing the driver right now, but If I clock the memory to 570MHZ and the core clock to 1195 (crashes at 575 mem, or 1200 core) I am staying at 680 kh/s minimum and peaking at 1.16mh/s with just that one card. no extra volting. Oh and the card that is lovely and water cooled with it’s own fan? 43 C is my highest temp acheived. in a 73 deg office, with no extra fans around it. pretty awesome, and according to my UPS it is running a consistent 400VA and peaking at 450 watts for the whole computer. single card- it’s doing solo what my 3x R9 380 does


June 25th, 2016 at 21:17

What is a good Mainboard for asus r9 Nano White..Got some bootproblems with my Asrock H81 Pro BTC board on PCI E Slot.. have only 1 Card and bios updated but dont boot

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