AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB Review 121

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB Review

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The Card

AMD's latest card looks a bit plasticky despite its metal fan shroud. The metal allen head screws are real metal and are, even though they do not serve no real function, still a nice touch. With a length of 30 cm, the R9 295X2 is quite long, but it is also only 11 cm tall.

AMD's card itself is two slots thick. You should leave some below the bottom of the card to provide its fan with fresh air. So make sure to, for example, leave one free slot below the card in CrossFire. The drawing above illustrates how you should mount the 120 mm watercooling radiator.

Display connectivity options include one DVI port and four mini-DisplayPorts. You may use all outputs at the same time, so triple-monitor surround gaming is possible with one card, even more so if you use a MST DisplayPort hub.

The GPU also includes an HDMI sound device. It is HDMI 1.4a compatible, which includes HD audio and Blu-ray 3D movies support.

A physical CrossFire connector is not present as all Hawaii-based GPUs send their CrossFire data via the PCI-Express bus.

Pictured above are the front and back, showing the disassembled board. High-res versions are also available (front, back).
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