Tuesday, April 1st 2014

More Details of Radeon R9 295X2 Emerge

More details of AMD's upcoming dual-GPU graphics cards based on the "Hawaii" silicon emerged, in the run up to its April 8 launch. That's right, AMD plans to launch the card exactly one week from now. The card will bear the name Radeon R9 295X2, after all. The $3,000 pricing set by NVIDIA for its GTX TITAN-Z graphics card will be taken advantage of AMD, which will splurge on stuff such as a metal briefcase to ship the card in (with two combi-locks no less!), possibly high-quality (expensive) cooler shroud materials, and more. The card will be cooled by an air+liquid hybrid cooling solution, much like the ASUS ROG ARES 2. A factory-fitted (AIO) liquid cooling loop will handle the two 250W GPUs, while a fan-heatsink will cool the memory, VRM, and PCIe bridge chip. AMD will not chase down the ludicrous 12 GB memory amount of GTX TITAN-Z despite its wider memory bus, and will instead equip it with 8 GB (4 GB per GPU). And lastly, the card will have a total of five display outputs, including four mini-DP and one dual-link DVI-D (digital-only).


Source: VideoCardz
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22 Comments on More Details of Radeon R9 295X2 Emerge

#2
Patriot
No real news should be posted on April 1st... this is all suspect.
And lastly, the card will have a total of five display outputs, including five mini-DP and one dual-link DVI-D (digital-only).
Also... Display outputs... TIL 5+1 =5.
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#3
Tsukiyomi91
let's see how will this new card will fare up against Nvidia's Geforce GTX Titan Z in terms of benchmarking across graphic-demanding titles like Project: CARS, Battlefield 4 & Crysis 3 on triple FHD LED Monitors to single 4K monitors. It's going to be an interesting battle.
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#4
hanzawhtet7
Looking forward to it. BTW, guys it's 31st March here so it's accurate IMO.
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#5
HumanSmoke
According to leaker the full briefcase weights 5 kilograms.
So the AIO liquid cooler is using Mercury rather than Ethylene Glycol ?
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#6
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
So when will either company release something we can all have a chance of buying instead of flexing their guns to the community? I look forward to seeing this on sale for £700 when they have stocks left that nobody is left to buy, because it gets out performed by next gens flagship gpu for almost half the price.

All this is doing is driving the price up for the higher performance segement.
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#7
DeadSkull
I think the R9 295x2x4xWTFcooleverything is going to win since nvidia decided to stick with an aircooling only solution.

ATI has a higher TDP ceiling by using water so they can clock both gpu dies higher.
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#8
HumanSmoke
by: RCoon
So when will either company release something we can all have a chance of buying instead of flexing their guns to the community? I look forward to seeing this on sale for £700 when they have stocks left that nobody is left to buy, because it gets out performed by next gens flagship gpu for almost half the price.
Likely (being a flagship model) that the price will stay static unless competition from a competitor (read Nvidia) force an official drop in MSRP. The usual M.O. is that the top end cards stay at or near their vendor pricing, and if/when they don't sell they suddenly go out of stock, and all of a sudden they show up in secondary/tertiary geographic distribution territories.. ofc, if they are limited edition then it wouldn't surprise to see the vendor quietly dispose of them via eBay, Aliexpress or similar to avoid brand dilution by specialing them out in a primary market if their position becomes obsolete.
I'm pretty sure that Asus doesn't sell every limited edition Ares/Mars it makes, but they generally don't end up selling for cents on the dollar either when they get superceded.
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#9
eidairaman1
So who can afford to dishout 1-3k usd in 1 sitting here?
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#10
the54thvoid
by: eidairaman1
So who can afford to dishout 1-3k usd in 1 sitting here?
You'd be surprised.
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#11
TheBrainyOne
I miss the Eyefinity6 edition cards. XFX 5970 Eyefinity6 was the last to use the awesome display configuration.
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#12
Desert_fox
by: TheBrainyOne
I miss the Eyefinity6 edition cards. XFX 5970 Eyefinity6 was the last to use the awesome display configuration.
True but that makes it even more niche imo for those who use different types of adapters a lot of people use dvi or hdmi
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#13
Darksoviet
If I'm not mistaken, 295X2 really ugly in appearance.

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#14
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Darksoviet
If I'm not mistaken, 295X2 really ugly in appearance.


I see no issue. Clean and concise, no nonsense bits plastered all over it. Radiator looks a little thin for my liking, must be high FPI. It's dual slot at least. I'm curious about temps with that rad and only the one fan. Besides that it looks perfectly presentable.
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#15
Desert_fox
what is the source of the pictures to confirm that's the actual refrence card not april fools
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#16
arbiter
Here is question, what the Titan Z just the first shot by Nvidia to get AMD to respond just so Nvidia will toss bad say 780x2 ot 780tix2 card just after all this for less then what AMD wants?
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#17
buildzoid
by: Darksoviet
If I'm not mistaken, 295X2 really ugly in appearance.


I like it better than the TITAN but they should have the tubes closer together and they should have used angle fittings(with G1/4 threads) where the tubes come out because the way they are the card will be a nightmare to mount in smaller cases and test benches. Also I would prefer it if the aluminum went all the way into the corners.
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#18
Desert_fox
the cooler looks like a asetek design based on the rubber tubing I see and the rad based on the amd astek for my 9590 which is a decent cooler for 120mm so I wouldn't be surprised if this has similar performance to that especially if it allows push pull fan set up like the amd 9590 cooler. im defiantly interested in this card if the price is right since I am due for a gpu upgrade and was leaning towards 2 290x over dual 780gtx im itching for the specs
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#19
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: Desert_fox
True but that makes it even more niche imo for those who use different types of adapters a lot of people use dvi or hdmi
Nah, mDP makes sense because it supports active adapters (aka. doesn't require a RAMDAC clock from the GPU.) If you have just DVI, you need extra RAMDAC clocks in order to drive more ports. mDP ports are also smaller so you can cram more of them on a single card. All in all, I think the benefits of mDP greatly outweigh the (potential) costs. There is also nothing stopping you from getting a mDP to DVI or HDMI adapter if you need one.
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#20
awesomesauce
i dont like the AIO cooler.. better build your own WC or go full AIR fan. I dont know, it will probably perfom well but at the esthetique cost..

why not just underclock chip a bit and sell it a good price
and be moar an better solution then crossfire two card.
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#21
eidairaman1
by: Aquinus
Nah, mDP makes sense because it supports active adapters (aka. doesn't require a RAMDAC clock from the GPU.) If you have just DVI, you need extra RAMDAC clocks in order to drive more ports. mDP ports are also smaller so you can cram more of them on a single card. All in all, I think the benefits of mDP greatly outweigh the (potential) costs. There is also nothing stopping you from getting a mDP to DVI or HDMI adapter if you need one.
HDMI is a headache, MDP should be the future and DVI-I
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#22
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: eidairaman1
HDMI is a headache, MDP should be the future and DVI-I
Nah, ditch DVI as well. No RAMDAC on the GPU would be awesome in my opinion. I would have no problem with just mDP on a GPU.
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