AMD’s New R9 295X2 Is A Liquid Cooled Monster
Despite what you might think, the age of accessible 4K gaming is very, very close. We’re often seeing manufacturers release 4K monitors that don’t cost more than an arm and a leg, meaning that PC enthusiasts are just on the brink of having 4K gaming invade their home.
The problem is the GPU side of things. Most cards able to output 4K resolutions at framerates that justify the cost are far and few between, but yesterday AMD announced a solution to rectify that. Introducing the AMD R9 295X2, a new 8GB, liquid cooled machine that will pump out 4K resolutions with absolute ease.
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The R9 296X2 is the immediate answer to all of the problems with the R2 290X. Blistering hot operating temperatures have been reduced significantly with the easiest water cooling solution you’re going to find on a mainstream product, meaning that the 295X5 comfortably produces the good while running below 70 degrees Celsius.
Underneath the hood, the 295X2 is packing dual Hawaii 290X chips, with a monstrous 11.5 TFLOPs of compute power and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. This Mantle powered card sits with a core clock speed of 1018MHz and features a massive 5,632 stream processors.
The card also looks the part too, with AMD opting for a new silver metal finish. A decidedly better design compared to the plastic casing of the 290X.
Of course, all of this comes at a price. The 295X2 will retail for $1500, which means it will probably come close to R20 000 when it reaches local shores. For that price, you’re probably better off picking up two GTX 780 Ti’s, which sits on par performance wise but boasts a host of Nvidia features that AMD has yet to match. ShadowPlay anyone?
Still, this is a card AMD fanatics everywhere will drool over, and certainly a much better option over some of the ridiculous cards Nvidia has been pushing out lately. Personally, I want to see what’s done to bridge the gap between AMD’s two flagship cards now. That’s something many more could get excited about.