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

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.

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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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    April 8, 2014 7:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, AMD's liquid-cooled Radeon R9 295X2 promises more power than GTX Titan Z--at half the cost.

    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.

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      April 8, 2014 7:12 AM

      But is it a super computer??? I think that's the really important distinction here

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      April 8, 2014 7:29 AM

      YES. YESSSSSS.

      I'm a team green kinda guy but team green has gone too long without competition. The fact that they've crept their x80 cards up into the god damn 750 dollar range means they're growing fat and greedy. They need a little market share slap in the face again.

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      April 8, 2014 7:32 AM

      hmm i think that's a first... haven't seen a GPU with bundled water cooler before.

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        April 8, 2014 7:45 AM

        there was a 3rd party that did it before AMD (asus?) on their highest card this gen.

        That was one of the major problems the stock amd card had when it was being tested, too damn hot / loud. Bigger custom coolers fixed those issues, but makes sense amd would go straight there for this monster.

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      April 8, 2014 8:22 AM

      Hope that by the time I get a 4k Monitor, they can get the power use down on the New Cards. I would like to see more Card Makers start doing the water cooling. I'm a Sapphire Fanboy so hoping to see something from them.

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      April 8, 2014 11:18 AM

      No DVI-I port... the future is looking bleak for us CRT holdouts.

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        April 8, 2014 11:59 AM

        Your still using a CRT seriously??

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          April 8, 2014 12:28 PM

          Yeah, they are currently the best bang for your buck image quality-wise. I can play up to 2400x1800 @ 60hz, any lower res I can play at progressively higher refresh rates. It does a lot of things well that are hard to find all in one TFT. Clear motion, deep blacks, no native resolution, etc.

          The CRT I'm currently using is a Lacie designed for editing that retailed new for close to $2000. I got it for $50, lightly used.

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            April 8, 2014 12:46 PM

            60Hz on a CRT murders eyes

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              April 8, 2014 1:34 PM

              For work and browsing, yeah.

              For gaming and video, it's fine. Something about the constant motion and variation in color and brightness makes the flicker unnoticeable.

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            April 8, 2014 1:08 PM

            hell yea man, CRT for the win. Zero input lag too!

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              April 8, 2014 4:40 PM

              LCD makers are getting better about that though. From tftcentral's U2414H review:

              "The Dell U2414H showed an average total display lag of only 4.0ms during the initial tests. This lag was very low overall, equating to a quarter of a frame. We measured half the average G2G response time as 4.45ms and so we can estimate that the signal processing is basically nothing."

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          April 9, 2014 8:31 AM

          He's not the only one.

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        April 8, 2014 1:46 PM

        I thought I was bad waiting until 2008.

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        April 8, 2014 7:20 PM

        You might be able to find something here:

        http://www.hdfury.com/

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          April 8, 2014 9:03 PM

          I already have one for my PS3, but they will only allow as high as 1080p @ 72 hz. My monitor can do 1080p at @ 100hz. So that means the top half of resolutions and refresh rates wouldn't be possible.

          I actually messaged one of the HDFury developers about it, and they said they're working on something that can go up to 4k, but they don't know when it will be released. As far as I know, that's our only hope.

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        April 8, 2014 8:52 PM

        Pfffffffffff

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        April 8, 2014 8:53 PM

        Hey 'cho ass a 144hz monitor and Dave your eyesight from further deterioration. The 144's are incredibly smooth and blur free. Even moving windows around on the desktop is a treat with it.

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        April 8, 2014 8:55 PM

        You can still get DisplayPort to VGA active adapters, and they don't even cost that much. You'll be fine.

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          April 8, 2014 9:04 PM

          Last I heard, the best one had a 1200p limit. So that runs in to the same problem as the HDFury mentioned above.

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            April 8, 2014 9:29 PM

            That's unfortunate. I'd hope it at least supports high refresh rates? I haven't actually used one on a CRT.

            Doesn't seem like there's a reason they couldn't make adapters with higher limits, but I guess the market would be pretty small.

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              April 8, 2014 10:03 PM

              Nope, max 60hz at 1200p, which means it could go higher at lower resolutions, but it's still not using my monitor to its full potential. All video DAC's have an upper limit on their pixel clock. On video cards it's high enough to support 2400x1800 @ 60hz, maybe a little higher.

              And yeah, the market is crazy small, and getting smaller by the day. That's why AMD is dropping it slowly, but surely.

              There's a company in Germany that refurbishes the high-end CRT's and resells them, but I don't know of anyone else still dealing with them.

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      April 8, 2014 1:13 PM

      Wonder how quickly all the miners will completely jack up the market for these.

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        April 8, 2014 1:36 PM

        Somebody on another forum said that the watts-to-performance ratio won't be as good as simply running two individual 290x's, so miners probably won't use it.

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        April 8, 2014 9:06 PM

        Right now as far as efficiency in alternative coins 750 Ti is badass. They use hardly any power and with cudaminer / ccminer you can kick ass in scrypt-jane and scrypt n. Not only that but, the author of cuda and cc miner has been implementing the new algorithms quicker than amd folks (cg / sg / bfg miner) so those with nvidia miners are jumping on the brand new coins and making tons of profit the first few days / weeks of new coins. X11 / groestl / keccak all look bright on nvidia. And that's just with the lower end 750s, nvidia folks are really waiting for the next maxwell cards.

        Still, the amd miners will run the prices up, but 750s did cause a drop in amd prices.

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      April 8, 2014 1:22 PM

      Im fine with 1080p with AA long as they keep improving the graphics with 120-144hz framerates.

      I hate playing titanfall @ 60hz. Gives me a weird headache