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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB Review

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Overclocking results listed in this section are achieved using the default fan and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it's the most realistic scenario for the majority of users.

Every sample overclocks differently, which is why our results here can only serve as a guideline for what you can expect from your card.

On NVIDIA cards with Boost, the values discussed here are base clock. Boost will further increase clocks. On AMD boost is already factored into our resulting clocks due to the way their technology works.

Maximum overclock of our sample is 1120 MHz GPU base clock (10% overclock) and 1725 MHz memory (38% overclock).

Overclocking works well, and both GPU and memory clock reach about the same clocks as on single GPU R9 290X cards. The lower temperatures provided by the watercooling solution probably help with that. The Hynix memory chips ensure high memory overclocks, which many R9 290X cards using Elpida chips lack.

One relevant detail to overclockers is that AMD's current drivers won't allow you to monitor or adjust the fan speed of the card's built-in fan, or the radiator's fan, although both are temperature-controlled by the GPU, which should technically give you the ability to do so.

Maximum Overclock Comparison
Max. GPU ClockMax. Memory Clock
AMD R9 295X21120 MHz1725 MHz
Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC1135 MHz1555 MHz
PowerColor R9 290X PCS+1180 MHz1645 MHz
ASUS R9 290X DC II1090 MHz1480 MHz
AMD R9 290X1125 MHz1575 MHz
Important: Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly
differently based on random production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of typical
overclocks for similar cards, determined during TPU review.

Overclocked Performance

Using these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Battlefield 3 to evaluate the gains from overclocking.

Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 12.5%.
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