AMD reveals dual GPU Radeon R9 295X2 card, liquid cooling system included

Just a few days after NVIDIA announced plans to release a $3,000 consumer graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z, AMD has officially revealed its own super high end product in this market. The Radeon R9 295X2 comes with not only two GPUs but with its own liquid cooling system.

AMD's blog post states that the card's two Radeon R9 290X GPUs have a clock speed of up to 1018 MHz. This allows the card to run graphics intensive PC games like Crysis 3 at 30 FPS with a screen resolution of 3840x2160. It also support's AMD's new Mantle graphics API which is supposed to offer better performance for games that support it like Battlefield 4 and Thief.

The card itself has a "powder-coated machined aluminum shroud punched with industrial rivets" and a "full-length, solid metal backplate" that helps to keep the card stable along with offering better heat dissipation. The most unique feature of the card is the built-in liquid cooling system which AMD co-developed with Asetek. AMD says:

In the design we selected for the Radeon R9 295X2 , an integrated pump and waterblock assembly sits atop a high-turbulence plate. There’s one assembly for each chip on the board. To cool the loop, we selected a 120x120mm single thick radiator in a push configuration.

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 will go on sale as a stand alone product later in April for $1,499. Some PC makers such as Maingear are already selling systems that will include the card inside those rigs.

Source: AMD | Image via AMD

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The fixed water cooler is a bad idea. It should be removable and optional. I might want to connect my own water cooler. $1499 is very expensive. I used to buy the 5990 and 6990 for something like £600. This is what happens when nVIDIA releases a similar card and pumps pricing up and out of proportion.

For what you are getting + water cooling, it's actually priced about right, maybe a smidge over what some sites are suggesting. Half the price of a Titan-Z and (on paper) more powerful is the big point. Also faster than 2x780Ti's. Very quiet according to some reviews. Too expensive for my tastes sadly.

ir0nw0lf said,
For what you are getting + water cooling, it's actually priced about right, maybe a smidge over what some sites are suggesting. Half the price of a Titan-Z and (on paper) more powerful is the big point. Also faster than 2x780Ti's. Very quiet according to some reviews. Too expensive for my tastes sadly.

Very true, this is *the* graphics card for enthusiasts. Liquid cooling mmmmm

I wonder if games know how to handle a dual GPU card , how much performance is squeezed from it. Things are different when you stick two processors on the same die.

Wow. Impressive! An enthusiast card that actually comes with a liquid cooling unit. The way it should be.

This card is soo desirable. Of course it is only for people with lots of money. :)

The Die itself may not be getting smaller but the amount of transistors crammed into them has gotten progressively more and more

Look at Intel. The CPU gets stronger, faster, but you do not need a huge cooler like before. Also, look at how Asus does with the GTX 670 mini. Pretty impressive performance in the small form.

So, basically it's soo overclocked that it needs a separate water cooling to cool down what the fan simply fails to do? :D Sounds like good card.

Its not overclocked; well, by 18mhz but the normal 290x GPU threw out a lot of heat on its own. Putting two of them on the same PCB needs much better cooling than a fan can provide.

Very nice. I've been using Corsair closed system liquid CPU coolers for a few years and wondered when someone will come out with a similar solution for GPUs. Not everyone has the time or wants the risk of learning DIY water cooling and GPUs could sure make use of it.

For $1,499, it should give more than 30 fps. If this whole 4K gaming thing is going to catch on, they have work to do.

But can it run Crys.... oh, it can! I'd love a card like this, got a Sapphire R9 270X Toxic today which is more than powerful enough for what I need, but still... would be kinda cool to have :p