AMD Unleashes the Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2

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biggiebob12345

Meh, looks like SLI 780Ti's would cost less and outrun it. Not to mention the obvious dual video card advantage of being able to overclock each individual card way harder than you can get away with when they're on the same PCB.

I also don't see why they put a closed loop on something this expensive. If you have $1500 to drop on a video card, I'll pretty much guarantee you're already running a full custom loop anyways.

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iplayoneasy

Read the Guru3d article. Every 4k benchmark the R9 beats out sli 780ti's. Might be the extra vram. If you had the choice between the two set ups they both pull the same power, but all the new consoles are AMD. When BF4 came out sli was a disaster.

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hornfire3

This competition better make sense. The Titan Z is a solid proof that NVIDIA went too far on the pricing agenda. Yes NVIDIA's GPUs are awesome, but their price is just insane that AMD's prices attract customers more often.

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PC_completes_me

Has Nvidia announced a 780ti x2 card yet? Would bet that is their next move since the Titan Z is more of a workstation card. They could do it without watercooling which would hopefully keep the price around $1500 to keep it competitive(still way too much for a GPU). Knowing Nvidia though, they would still charge more for their card if the performance is better just because they can.

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AFDozerman

Awesome to see they got those thermals under control, anthough I already knew it could be done (MSI Gaming series card rarely breaks 70c on BF4 maxed out). I wonder what kind of clocks you could get with phase change cooling?

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Ninjawithagun

Thank you AMD! This will make Nvidia reduce the price of the Titan Z back down to an actually affordable price range :D

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B.A.Frayd

No it won't.

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LatiosXT

The one thing that bugs me about the water cooling though is that it limits where it can be placed. Sure, for a single card setup, it'll just take the exhaust fan mount, but... and I know there will be people out there who are thinking this... if you have two, where are you going to put the other one? It doesn't look like it'll reach most front mounts, and few cases have bottom mounts.

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LatiosXT

Oh wait, I've noticed there's no Crossfire connector.

Then again the only people who'd buy this in droves are miners.

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acidic

you should be able to xfire them without a connector. a lot of gamers who want to increase their "e-peen" with run a couple of these. already a few on guru3d talking about it. I'm pretty sure also that the mining craze has started to slow down. you can find plenty of AMD cards 2nd hand everywhere. I've seen 290xs going for as low as $225 already

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vrmlbasic

Another reason why side-panel fans need to make a comeback.

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borkbork

Yeah, was thinking the same thing. Maybe the tubing is longer than it appears in the picture? If not, it seems like it'd be a stretch trying to make it work in a full ATX tower.

I also have no experience with closed loop liquid cooled setups like that, so my concerns may not be at all valid..

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dgrmouse

Yawn-inducing, indeed. As the time between die shrinks continues to increase, so too do the number of ridiculous attempts to stay relevant. At 20nm, there will probably be no less than six different cards with the same performance as a 7970, spread thinly across three different rebranded series and at least four different pricing brackets. Meanwhile, "cutting-edge" games are going to be written for performance targets (consoles) that will soon be slower than an IGP. If a 500 watt $1400 card is the product that AMD really wants to hang its hat on, I'm not going to shed any tears when they fade away into obscurity.

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LatiosXT

The PS4 has what amounts to a slightly better 7870, which is still a decent performer.

Besides, setting your targets for the high end first is silly. It's harder to scale down than it is to scale up.

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dgrmouse

I agree with you on both points, neither of which validate the existence of this monstrous card.

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AMDfan64

Also, you said we don't have dual 780Ti cards, rather than a dual 780Ti card, this confused a few people I linked to the article.

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wkwilley2

Looks like I'll have to take out a second mortgage. I need this in my life. Still 1/2 the cost of the Titan-Z which it will likely match in performance

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Innomasta

WOOO!!! The ridiculously priced TITAN Z has to go down in price after this. It just has to! God this is juicy I can't wait to see what happens next!!! I swear this is like an episode of Jersey Shore where Snooki gets a Mercedes and another one of the skanky bitches says OH NO YOU DI'NT and gets an Aston Martin.

Stayyyy TUNED!

On a serious note, it looks like all the fan does is cool the memory and VRM's. I'm also skeptical about how long the liquid cooling will last before those tubes begin to crack, and whether or not AMD will offer some kind of recompense if their cooler is faulty and damages other components in a customer's system, like Corsair does.

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TheMissingPiece

The Titan Z won't drop in price. It's meant for professionals/workstations anyways.

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Thiazolium

Not true.

"Built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory, TITAN Z is engineered for next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming."

"So if you want to build the ultimate ultra-high definition gaming rig that can harness the power of quad GPUs working in tandem, TITAN Z is the perfect graphics card."

Quotes by Jen-Hsun
nVidia

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Dysthymia

Under Final Thoughts I think you meant "single card" instead of "single-GPU".

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joshnorem

I did, thanks for catching that. I fixed it :D

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Tedster

There are several of those throughout the article, from the subtitle on the featured content tab "AMD's dual-GPU R9 295X2 is the fastest single GPU ever made", to "this is the first single-GPU card we've tested that is actually playable at 4K resolution" in the middle of the benchmark section.