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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
AMD Launches The Radeon R9 295X2 Graphics Card


AMD today has officially launched the AMD Radeon R9 295X2, a dual-GPU. hybrid-cooled graphics card designed for ultra-enthusiasts.

This "beast" has two fully enabled Hawaii XT GPUs and an exotic cooling in the form of a Hybrid cooler, meaning a combination of air and liquid cooling. The closed-loop, pre-assembled liquid cooling system was developed jointly by AMD and with Asetek.

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 -- codenamed Vesuvius -- is considered to be AMD's response to the monstrous GeForce GTX Titan Z, which was announced a few weeks ago and priced at an amazing $2,999.

GPU
Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
Radeon R9 290X 4GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
Launch
April 2014
November 2013
February 2014
Configuration
Dual GPU
Single GPU
Single GPU
Process
28nm
28nm
28nm
Transistors
12.4bn
6.2bn
7.1bn
Die Size
438mm x2
438mm
551mm
Processors
5,632
2,816
2,880
Texture Units
352
176
240
ROP Units
128
64
48
GPU Clock/Boost (MHz)
up to 1,018
up to 1,000
up to 980
GFLOPS
up to 11,433
up to 5,632
up to 5,645
Memory Clock (MHz)
5,000
5,000
7,000
Memory Bus (bits)
512 x2
512
384
Max bandwidth (GB/s)
320
320
336.5
Power Connectors
8+8-pin
8+6-pin
8+6-pin
TDP (watts)
500
250
250
GFLOPS per watt
22.87
22.52
22.58
Current price
$1,499
$549
$999

The Radeon R9 295X2 actuall packs two identical R9 290X's in a single PCB, but AMD has further peaked the GPU's clck to 1,015MHz vs. 1,000MHz, meaning that it should benchmark slightly faster than two 290Xs in CrossFire.

This card guzzles a potential 500W when running at full chat. Two 8-pin connectors can pull 300W from the PSU, with another 75W coming from the slot. AMD says your PSU should be able to supply a combined 50A over the two connectors, without this being shared between other components. So the Radeon team is touting 1,000W PSUs as advisable for the card.

AMD hasn't pushed the memory clock further, and the card comes with a 2x 512-bit pathway, 2x 4GB framebuffer, 5,000MHz frequency.

The $1,499 Radeon R9 295X2 has been designed for 4K gaming at ultra-quality settings. And although you'll be certainly satisfied with its perfrormance, tit comes with at an inevitable cost. You could possibly achieve almost the same level of performance by housing two R9 290X or a couple of GTX 780 Ti cards into a system, saving money a high-quality, high-wattage PSU and a 4K monitor.

In any case, it is the world's fastest graphics card that will be available through AMD's partners from April 21.





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