AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon R9 295X2 promises more power than GTX Titan Z--at half the cost

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 08, 2014 7:00am PDT

Ah, the PC GPU wars are strong once again. Just two weeks after NVIDIA revealed their GeForce GTX Titan Z, AMD has countered with their own solution. The Radeon R9 295X2 is similar to the Titan Z, joining two of the company's fastest cards into a single design. However, AMD says it has one-upped the competition in terms of raw power and price.

The R9 295X2 comes equipped with a pre-assembled "maintenance-free" liquid cooling system co-developed with Asetek, promising "quiet operation and consistent performance" from the card.

In terms of specs, AMD's solution can reach 11.5 TFLOPS with its 5632 stream processors, besting the Titan Z. But, in order to achieve this performance, AMD admits that it will require an "unapologetic" 500W from a power supply. "We are confident that enthusiasts considering the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 will already be prepared, and will be rewarded accordingly with outrageous performance," AMD boasts on their blog.

In addition, the dual-GPU setup will only be best utilized when gaming under high resolutions. "The hardware resources of the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 will not be fully utilized with any resolution lower than 3840x2160," the company points out.

Of course, AMD's claims will need to be properly benchmarked. However, one thing is clear: the price for AMD's top-of-the-line card is nowhere as ridiculous as NVIDIA's. While the Titan Z will cost $3000, the 295X2 will cost half that: $1500.

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