It’s no surprise or it shouldn’t be that I personally do read other reviews on products when they get released; I’m still an enthusiast at the end of the day and feel really privileged being able to test the latest and greatest hardware etc. One thing I did notice on release was the difficulty people had overclocking their Fury X cards; some couldn’t get any gains at all on the new HBM memory.
I can personally say I had nothing but a pleasurable experience overclocking Fury X, especially with MSI Afterburner. I did try and use AMD’s Crimson, but I found Crimson to be troublesome, not so stable and a little hit and miss. An 11% increase on the core isn’t a bad effort, although with an AIO closed loop cooler built in. 1170MHz is good in my opinion, but one could argue that 1200MHz+ would be a more “desirable” overclock given the circumstances. I got a solid 20% overclock on the Hynix 4GB HBM which I found was pretty impressive, although any more on either the core or memory would throw up artefacts and effectively crash the display drivers.
Below is how the overclocking effects performance and there are some interesting results, even beating out a Titan X in 3DMark Fire strike Normal and at 1080p on Total War: Rome II; impressive to say the least given the price difference between the cards! Note – Not all Fury X samples/retail samples will have the same overclocking ability, it will vary depending on the card itself!