AMD Radeon R9 295X2 reviews

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  1. DieH@rd

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    Great card, very well made cooling [75c max, no noise] and framepacing is even managing out putpace results from Nvidia SLI.

    Price... is for enthusiast that's for sure, but it easily reaches performance of 2x Titan [PCPER tested it against 780Ti in SLI mode, and nvidia solution was little faster].

    Ball is now in Nvidia court, TZ is way to overpriced and they will need to throw out some gaming-only alternative without double precision for 50% of the price.


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  2. UniversalTruth

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    According to AMD, the MSRP for the Radeon R9 295X2 is $1500.

    Pluses:
    Excellent scaling and performance at Eyefinity and 4K
    Low temperatures thanks to watercooling
    Dual slot cooler
    CrossFire scaling works in almost all games
    Dual BIOS
    Backplate included
    Nice packaging, comes in a suitcase

    Minuses:
    High price
    Noisy in idle, could be quieter under load
    Very high power consumption
    Coil noise
    Needs driver support for proper CrossFire scaling
    High VRM temperatures
    Watercooling radiator takes up extra space
    No fan control

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_295_X2/30.html
     
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    The recommended power ratings in the Anandtech review for an apparently popular (relative to this market) dual-card quad-fire setup is a 1500W PSU.
    If you pick a random standard household outlet in the US, this probably won't trip a breaker or exceed the limit of a household circuit, if the PC is the only thing on the circuit.
    Not sure where this goes if there are multiple massive monitors tied to that PC, which this sort of rig begs for.

    Now if you were running an overclocked rig, running Furmark, and/or mining for an extended period, this would be enough to exceed the sustained load a 15A circuit is specced for, without anything else on the circuit.

    Barring adding a household wiring requirement for a 20A outlet or more, this is at the practical limit before AMD runs the risk of being liable for fire damage. ;)
    The limit may be optimistic in older/substandard homes that might be teetering on sparking with a hair dryer, but that's another matter.
     
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    I knew it! A simple 120mm AIO will keep dual hawaii cooler than cool! ...I dont know why...but GPUs benefit tremendously with water.

    Dave you need to seriously consider making your next high end single GPU AIO compatible! ....btw, why did you guys go with Asetek? The more people going to them...the more arrogant and defensive they will get ..have you seen saw the lawsuits they have been dishing out..? Imho, would prefer if AMD give business to Swiftech or Coolermaster in future...probably would cool even better than Asetek OEM...
     
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    Looking the rad is going hot it seems, there's still the possibilty to bring a good 120mm gentle Typhoon @ 1600-1800rpm on it ( certainly the best fans for rads ), or even 2 in pull & push . this should dramatically improve the cooling performance and lower noise in full load.
     
  8. Bouncing Zabaglione Bros.

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    Is that some awesome levels of coil whine there?
     
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    The house circuit is 120V/15A, at the low end. Sustained load specifications have a safety margin that cuts into that for loads that last several hours.
     
  11. Wynix

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    The noise levels are seriously disappointing.
     
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    240V 15A is common in Europe, so at least for this market there is still some power reserve AMD can tap into :)

    Other than that, it is the best dual-GPU card AMD ever made.
    BTW from my experience with R9 290X, coil whine is most prominent when card is rendering simple graphics with no FPS limieter, for example game menus at 3000FPS or Furmark at similarly stupid frame count. When vSynced to reasonable refresh rate or limited there is no coil whine at all.
     
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    I googled that and it looks like "AIO" refers to "All In One". By inference I'm guessing that's being used in regard the cooling.
     
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