Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13 Up Close

We went up close with PowerColor's air-cooled Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13 graphics card. Although technically an R9 295X2, the company is choosing to call it "dual-R9 290X." The card is massive, easily bigger in size than even NVIDIA's GTX TITAN-Z. It uses a huge triple-slot cooling solution with individual aluminium fin heatsinks for each of the two GPUs, and a base plate cooling the bridge chip, VRM, and memory; ventilated by three 100 mm fans that can be individually tweaked. The card draws power from four (yes, four) 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort.

When AMD chose to give the R9 295X2 liquid cooling it had only one thing on its mind, to tame its noise. Given that, the question on everyone's mind would be how loud this air-cooled card is. PowerColor's card, much like AMD's reference R9 290X, features two BIOSes, "Performance" and "Quiet." Even with all the show floor noise, the card was audible in "performance" mode. We didn't get to hear it out in the "quiet" mode, but PowerColor assured us that it's working on getting the card quiet. Unlike AMD's reference card, PowerColor may have to stiffen the card's throttle to achieve that.
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9 Comments on PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Devil13 Up Close

#1
Svarog
Fail backplate with the logo the wrong way around :) I believe they did the same with the previous one.
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#2
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I like the looks of this beast:toast:
I am impressed they actually utilize 4 8-pin power connectors. Should be interesting to see how this beastly card over clocks:)
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#3
THE_EGG
The VRMs must be wildly strong to handle all of them powers going through those 4 8pin pcie connectors. Neat touch having AMD's VP's name on there.

Also I must have missed something, but what is the significance of the '13' in the Devil13 name?
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The Terrible Puddle
by: THE_EGG
The VRMs must be wildly strong to handle all of them powers going through those 4 8pin pcie connectors. Neat touch having AMD's VP's name on there.

Also I must have missed something, but what is the significance of the '13' in the Devil13 name?
13 is the devil's number. Like 666.
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#5
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: THE_EGG
Also I must have missed something, but what is the significance of the '13' in the Devil13 name?
The first 12 samples melted, exploded, and killed the engineer who was testing it.

In seriousness, I think 13 is just a scary number for those superstitious kooks. Any new block of houses built in the UK skip the number 13 as apparently it reduces the overall worth of the house.
Same with China and the number 4, is removed from houses and elevators, all are missing 4 and 44. (something to do with the number 4 being pronounced similarly to the word for death or something)

by: The Terrible Puddle
13 is the devil's number. Like 666.
And 23
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#6
Darklyspectre
Honestly now we need a full cover water cooling setup and this might be stupidly powerful in terms of overclocking. plus no stupid nvidia greenlight stopping voltage modding.
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#7
AsRock
TPU addict
by: The Terrible Puddle
13 is the devil's number. Like 666.
13 the devils number my ass, so many people mis understand the the superstition behind 13 which is more about change than any thing else and one thing most people do not like is change.

Anyways devil LMAO yet another man made story and only devil there is is people.


Anyways looks sweet..
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#9
the54thvoid
by: Deadlyraver
If I can sell my car for a day....
.....I'd still buy 2 custom cooled 290X's.
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