PowerColor R9 295X2 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor R9 295X2 Review


It's not often that we get to kill two birds with one stone here at OC3D. Today, however, is one such day.

Dual-GPU cards have been in danger of becoming extinct as the performance capabilities of a single GPU reach undreamed of heights. Whereas once the 3870X2 and GTX590s of this world were the weapon of choice if you wished for the highest frame-rates, now the influx of games that were first born on consoles and thus are optimised for a single GPU is so prevalent and the performance of the top end cards such as the R9 290X and the GTX780Ti are such that a dual-GPU doesn't appear to be something that the manufacturers are putting too much development towards. Instead we're reliant upon third-parties to create the monsters that we knew and loved.

One such extraordinary piece of engineering is today's review, the PowerColor R9 295X2. A card boasting twin Hawaii XT GPU cores on a single dual-slot card. We have to confess we're drooling at the possibilities.

Secondly, it can't have escaped your notice that the big push in screen terms is towards 4K displays. Even the most stubborn person will have realised that 3D was always going to be a gimmick that never gained traction. Any technology that makes half the marketplace feel sick will be shunned in favour of ever-more crisp definition. However, we know from our experience that all consoles and the majority of graphics cards struggle with anything above the regulation 1080P, so the 295X2 is the perfect card to see how realistic this "you must have a 4K display" thing is. Let's face it, when HD TV is still broadcast at 720P, the infrastructure for 2160P is hardly there.

Technical Specification

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. That 4096x2160 resolution is tasty though, huh.

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

21-05-2014, 07:59:13

oooh finally

I really want to see a 240 rad version. That would save the temperature issue. Kinda interesting to see that the fan that comes with the rad is crap/an airflow fan.

Red lighting. Do like. Especially now it doesn't have that weird thing on the fan.Quote

21-05-2014, 08:16:39

Top review Guv

Was it really that noticeable the card effecting the ambient temps and to push the CPU up by 10c...

I'm not surprised in the slightest about the 120 rad being unsuitable.. I mean come on AMD for 2 full fledged hawaii chips.. really. As Barnsley said it really should have been a 240 rad or at least the ability to somehow add it into a custom loop like the Poseidon.Quote

21-05-2014, 08:36:43

oohh gawd.. i thought the original 2xx series cards were ugly enough, but this takes the biscuit.. its the worst looking card ive ever seen. i would dodge it on that basis alone, if i had the money to afford one. it would be a 780Ti for me every time.Quote

21-05-2014, 08:39:53

Great review as always guv. There's a bit of a typo in the conclusion, though. It reads "patently" instead of "blatantly".

Edit: Sorry I cannot English today Quote

21-05-2014, 08:45:24

Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Great review as always guv. There's a bit of a typo in the conclusion, though. It reads "patently" instead of "blatantly".
No the Guv is right.


Meaning In a patent manner; openly, plainly, or clearly.. Quote

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