PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look


Regular readers of OC3D, and if you're not then you should be, know that we don't like to muck about with pretending we have a card on hand when we don't. Honesty builds trust and we think that if you can't trust our previews you can't trust our reviews. So rather than say we have one and then use official press photos that everyone else uses, we only tell you our thoughts once we've got it in our sweaty mitts. Now AMD have finally sent one, here is our first look at the R9 295X2, and at least you know we've really got it.

We've often commented about how well AMD have returned to the high-end GPU market with their latest Rx range of GPUs. The R9 290 and R9 290X in particular are a match for the nVidia models, and it's been a couple of generations since we could lay that claim at the door of AMD.

Not one to rest on their laurels AMD have combined two of their Hawaii XT GPUs that are normally found at the heart of the R9 290X and combined them into a single board. It's a return to the days of 4870X2's and HD7990's. Today, thanks to PowerColor, we can bring you a first look at the R9 295X2.

The biggest problem with any twin-GPU card is keeping the thing cool, especially with the toasty nature of the latest high-end Radeon ones, and to this end the 295X2 comes equipped with an AIO water-cooling solution. All-In-One water-cooling has come on leaps and bounds in recent times, so it seems like the perfect opportunity to utilise this technology to keep the card cool. 

Here's what they have to say :

The latest R9 295X2 is loaded with plenty of features. The AMD TrueAudio technology shapes a new future of PC gaming sounds like, delivering a richer and more immersive gaming soundscape. With Mantle support, gamers are able to reach new heights of performance by speaking the language of GCN architecture. With 4 mini DisplayPort plus 1 DL-DVI-D output, users are allowed to run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.

PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look     PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look  

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Technical Specifications

It almost doesn't matter what number you believe to be a high one, the 295X2 definitely has you covered. 4K support? Yes sir. More shaders than you can shake a stick at? You better believe it. The power requirements are enormous and, as we'll see on the next page, not something that PowerColor take lightly.

Graphics EngineRADEON R9 295X2
Video Memory8GB GDDR5
Engine Clockup to 1018MHz
Memory Clock1250MHz x 4 (5.0 Gbps)
Memory Interface512bit X2
DirectX® Support11.2
Bus StandardPCIE 3.0
Standard Display ConnectorsDual-link DVI-D / 4 X mini DisplayPort
CrossFireX™ TechnologySupport
ATI Stream TechnologySupport
ATI Eyefinity TechnologySupport
DVI OutputDual Link DVI-D x1
DisplayPortOn Board(Mini DP) x4
HDMISingle (By Adapter)
HDCP SupportSupport
Board Dimensions305mmx110mmx38mm
Minimum System Power requirement (W)1000W (Power connectors capable of supplying 28A of dedicated current per connectors)
Extention Power Connectortwo 8-pin PCI Express Power connectors
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Most Recent Comments

24-04-2014, 13:18:00


It's been a while since AMD have produced a dual-GPU card, and the 295X2 comes with two Hawaii XT GPUs and a water-cooling solution. We take a look.

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24-04-2014, 13:32:41

Wow!!!! How tiny are your hands Quote

24-04-2014, 13:36:23

Such a shame it only has a 120 rad on it, a 240 would been so much better. Lower temps, lower noise and more overclocking headroom.

There are/soon to be full cover blocks for it now, so results from a fully watercooled 295x2 should be interesting. The Titan Z is out on the 29th as well, it will be interesting how the two compare.Quote

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