Overkill3D - PowerColor R9 295X2 Crossfire

Conclusion

Overkill3D - PowerColor R9 295X2 Crossfire

Conclusion

If you're looking for a conclusion that discusses the relative merits of this setup as a daily gaming system, you can keep on going. This is ALL about the sheer performance at any cost, whilst keeping everything at a level that you can easily build yourself, even if this is your first attempt.

The performance is staggering. In nearly every single title we tested this particular combination of PowerColor R9 295X2's and the underlying system broke OC3D records left right and centre. It was always at the top of our charts, even when we included some of the, admittedly more aged but still quick, systems of similar power and price. All the main benchmarks, 3D Mark and Unigine, rocked up with the kind of numbers that if we'd have got them as a P score, or a 1080P result, we'd have been super happy with. To get them as X Marks and at this resolution is a testament to how far graphics technology has come.

Sure the costs involved are absolutely prohibitive for all but the most fat of wallet. So maybe the Chair of a bailed-out bank. Or a Manchester City footballer complaining about their birthday cake. Those kind of people. For the average user this is ridiculous amounts of money. And heat. And headaches.

What's that? Oh yes this has headaches. Let's have a quick look through some of the titles that just didn't work. Regular readers will already know from what is missing out of our usual line-up, but for those of you who are new (hello) then BattleField 4, Hitman Absolution, Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 all threw a fit and refused to work. Metro Last Light worked, but it's a complete joke. We'd love to know what they used to QA it, if this particular setup barely scrapes 20fps. It was quite humorous that none of the Origin games we use including the big AMD game BF4 would actually start, a single card is fine but adding the second caused DirectX to have a complete fit. We didn't bother with mantle because we have no way to record the FPS yet. Uplay was very much the same story, as the actual game play section opened DirectX yet again had a heart attack and crashed.

Although it's not a great surprise it still bears pointing out that this particular setup of Crossfire R9 295X2's (Quadfire in total) is just for getting big benchmarks. Yes you can game with it if you have a particular title that definitely works, but if you're buying it in the hope of playing a particular game you definitely need to check first. Then again if you're buying this money is obviously no object.

The performance is frankly ludicrous, but then so is the price. The 1300W power draw is none too impressive either. We're not here for anything other than insane 3D Mark performance though, and any other consideration is missing the point.

Still it's nice to dream, isn't it.

      

Thanks to PowerColor for loaning the two R9 295X2's for our Overkill3D test today. Discuss in the OC3D forums.

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29-05-2014, 07:31:07

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...153743694l.JPG

Two Hawaii XT GPU's not enough performance for you? Won the Euro Millions? Step this way...


Continue To The Madness

29-05-2014, 07:39:50

Dicehunter
Awesome video, Is it just my eyes or is the lower card sagging quite a bit ?

29-05-2014, 07:50:39

SieB
Dem benchmark scores

Pretty decent scaling in some of the games, over 100% in some of them which for quad fire is good.
And to think, you can get this set up for just over the price of one Titan Z

EDIT: make that 400 less than one Titan Z
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...56&subcat=1515

29-05-2014, 08:24:32

looz
Hmm, the scaling is actually surprisingly disappointing.

Edit: BRB, switching my eyes. Yeah, scales quite well, don't know what I was looking at.

29-05-2014, 08:36:18

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by looz View Post
Hmm, the scaling is actually surprisingly disappointing.
100% percent scaling in certain scenarios disappoints you

29-05-2014, 08:38:24

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by looz View Post
Hmm, the scaling is actually surprisingly disappointing.
Up to 100%+ is pretty good and that is at 4K.

29-05-2014, 08:54:23

Wraithguard
Excellent video! "For all you AMD trolls, go back in your cave, cover your self up and shut up"! almost wet myself, with 1300w at the wall what is the wattage while idle with the second card switch off...

"That's my P scores" Phrase of the week!

29-05-2014, 09:50:59

deadbc77
Great video review Tom.I have a couple of R9 290X Tri-x laying about,i sometimes add one of the to the R9 295X2.But then i remove it because i don't feel comfortable pulling 800 watts out of my wall.

29-05-2014, 10:46:48

RickPlaysWarr
Lovely video Tom. Man that would be an awesome overkill rig for folding on. As long as you could keep it cool. On a good note, the system doubles as an office heater in the winter.

29-05-2014, 12:56:06

MaddenShadow
Awesome video, especially that power draw! That sag though on the bottom card

29-05-2014, 13:34:22

Zoot
Insane, in all ways from heat generated to performance. As far as I know, Quad Crossfire/SLI isn't even technically supported.

Always love the jab at trolls/fanbois too.

29-05-2014, 14:13:36

SnowmanFromHell
and now the scores of a Titan Z please, just for shits and giggles... considering that a single Titan Z costs as much as two R295X2 + two full cover water blocks for them I think I know where my money would go... if I had that kind of money, that is

30-05-2014, 02:47:12

Kaapstad
SB-E hexcores can cause problems with Quadfire Hawaii

I had to swap out my 3970X for a 4930k to get my single cards to run properly. Another guy with a similar setup to mine also had to do the same.

30-05-2014, 14:04:31

VonBlade
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Originally Posted by SnowmanFromHell View Post
and now the scores of a Titan Z please, just for shits and giggles... considering that a single Titan Z costs as much as two R295X2 + two full cover water blocks for them I think I know where my money would go... if I had that kind of money, that is
Post one to us and we'll gladly review it

30-05-2014, 16:59:29

SnowmanFromHell
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Originally Posted by VonBlade View Post
Post one to us and we'll gladly review it
you seem to have missed my

Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowmanFromHell View Post
... if I had that kind of money ...
implying that, unfortunately, i don't

30-05-2014, 23:58:49

metalgun2000
Another good video. I've been waiting for this for a little while now. I would love to see some F@H numbers from that rig.

31-05-2014, 08:40:25

yassarikhan786
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Originally Posted by metalgun2000 View Post
Another good video. I've been waiting for this for a little while now. I would love to see some F@H numbers from that rig.
^^This. Awesome stuff Tom.
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