PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look

First Look Part One

PowerColor R9 295X2 First Look

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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

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

24-04-2014, 14:16:58


Would love to have one, yet the AIO is not really what I hoped for. If it was an AIO with standard fittings so I could plumb it into a loop, now that would be cool. Its all a dream as I have not the money anyway.Quote

24-04-2014, 14:29:57

Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Wow!!!! How tiny are your hands
LOLOLOL thats the SAME thing I was just going to post!Quote

24-04-2014, 15:43:45

Love this card. Really does look like its going to make the nvidia fanboys upset. Really can't see how the Titan Z could possibly match this in performance, noise and most certainly not heat. AND even if it does, it's still half the price!

Considering according to all the reviews I have seen this thing beats 2 780Ti in SLI 90% of the time, and even titan blacks, which is all the titan Z is after all. Due to thermals you would have thought the Titan Z will have to be clocked down since that cooler couldn't even keep the 690 (a pair of underclocked GK104) below 83c ish, I can't possibly see how it could keep 2 full GK110 cool, let alone at stock clocks.

Lets see. Regardless, can't wait to see this review!Quote

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