TechSpot: AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review - A Dual-GPU Beast

We first caught wind of an upcoming dual-GPU Hawaii graphics card this time last month when AMD teased us with its "Two is Better Than One" campaign. Although nothing was revealed then, AMD was clearly planning a successor to the Radeon HD 7990, which is essentially two Tahiti dies on a single board, or in other words a pair of slightly underclocked HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs.

The 7990 was a formidable rival for the GeForce GTX Titan but the card faced poor frame latency performance and enormous power consumption figures. Later on the single-GPU R9 290X managed an even more impressive feat packing 38% more SPUs than the HD 7970, but it also made it 20% more power hungry, resulting in a huge thermal output. So much so that we weren't sure if AMD was seriously considering two Hawaii XT GPUs on a single PCB.

Apparently so, as today marks the arrival of the Radeon R9 295X2, the most extreme graphics cards we have ever seen.

Read: AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review
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Hmm lets see...I'll wait until, oh say October or November and then I'll buy this card for like $600 off eBay. These cards are super expensive when they come out, but after six months or so, the price just dwindles down.

For now I'll enjoy my ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II OC.... ^_^

when someone plays 'keeping up with the jones,' the likely outcome would be one party going in serious debt. i find it insane that graphics cards cost so much nowadays. $3k, $1.5k? :o

After owning a few AMD cards in the past with cascading failures caused by heat, I will stick with Nvidia.

I've had plenty of nvidia cards die from heat over the years. In fact, I seem to remember a certain driver update killing cards.. 196.75 - WHQL'd apparently too.

I've seen all sorts of cards die - eventually they all almost always do since heat eventually kills something. It's part of the reason I watercool cards - and part of the reason why AMD giving you WC by default with this card is a damn good thing. Any high end card on air is going to suffer a darn sight more - the first thing i'd so with a Titan Z is dump the air block.

I'm not an AMD or nVidia fanboy. Curently a proud owner of a gtx 670. I owned many cards by both companies and honestly i had as much problems with nVidia as i had with AMD/ATI. But in the end i had really few problems with both of them for the most part they simply work. My 9800 pro flashed to XT was really one of the best card i ever owned. My 6950 flashed to 6970 was a really good card too.

Wow. This is the most epic gaming card money can buy today. I saw the leaked pictures and I did not believe them.

This is so awesome.

AMD has come a long way to become one of two elite GPU makers. This card is worth every dollar. Question is, do you have those dollars - well better not think too much about that.

-adrian- said,
Nvidia came up with something already some weeks ago

Something that costs twice as much and comes with air cooling and isnt even released yet.

People who spend this much money on a graphics card don't care about costs anyways and yes - air cooling. Does it matter how its cooled if the card stays cool and is faster?

-adrian- said,
People who spend this much money on a graphics card don't care about costs anyways and yes - air cooling. Does it matter how its cooled if the card stays cool and is faster?

I'd spend this much but not twice as much - i'm not sure why you think otherwise. I always watercool my cards because it's far quieter and they run ~50C cooler than air.

-adrian- said,
People who spend this much money on a graphics card don't care about costs anyways and yes - air cooling. Does it matter how its cooled if the card stays cool and is faster?

Hate much huh? Any time people are willing to spend over a grand on a GPU they will look around and see what's actually going on - no matter how rich you are. And yes, of course cooling matters, if I have to explain that to you I have nothing more to say. Also - Faster...strange, I haven't seen Titan Z benchmarks yet.

Nice and all, but pretty happy with my GTX 780...the only game I've found I couldn't run at extreme everything was Rome II, which absolutely didn't matter. The new Beta drivers are claiming some huge increases for most nvidia cards, which is great because there is no way I can justify that kind of money to play games, had a hard enough time with $600!

Damn. I can't justify spending that much on a video card, let alone $1499. I'd rather buy one and get the same card when it's cheaper. I plan on doing that with my Radeon R9 270X. Cryptocurrency mining isn't helping. My card is $30 more expensive than it was back in February.