PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look
Published: 24th April 2014 | Source: PowerColor |
First Look Part One
We're massive fans of the trend towards simpler box art, and the PowerColor 295X2 definitely gets the job done. The front is both bold and yet minimalist, and the reverse has all the information you need. Although we might all understand how a liquid-cooler of this nature works, not everyone does and so the decision to make it clear is a good one.
Inside the box everything is very well packaged as you would expect from a card at this end of the price spectrum. High density foam keeps everything in place, and the radiator is positioned in such as way as to insure the tubing doesn't get kinky.
PowerColor mention some light-up goodness in their press pack, so make sure you watch our video to see if this translucent fan has a trick up its sleeve.
We did say that the power requirements of the R9 295X2 are steep, and certainly there is a large warning notice ensuring you don't try and run this off a unbranded 400W PSU.
Here it is in all its glory. It's a refinement of the water-cooling option we've seen on a handful of graphics cards so far, and we can't wait to find out in our full review how well this keeps two 290X GPUs cool. A monster backplate and all-metal shroud really add a sense of quality to proceedings.