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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review

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Panos 9th April 2014, 01:01 Quote
Does this card has 8GB or 4GB VRAM PER GPU?

Because there is a misconception on dual cards that have "double" the ram, however because of CF/SLI, it is actually half due to cloned data.
Dogbert666 9th April 2014, 01:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
Does this card has 8GB or 4GB VRAM PER GPU?

Because there is a misconception on dual cards that have "double" the ram, however because of CF/SLI, it is actually half due to cloned data.
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Originally Posted by The Article
Of course, this means it will be marketed as having 5,632 cores and 8GB VRAM, but the correct way to think of it is 2 x 2,816 cores and 2 x 4GB VRAM, as the two GPUs are still functionally separate.

4GB per GPU.
dolphie 9th April 2014, 03:47 Quote
I'll get one in 5 years from ebay for a fiver and then use it to scrape bird poo off my windows.
play_boy_2000 9th April 2014, 05:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by dolphie
I'll get one in 5 years from ebay for a fiver and then use it to scrape bird poo off my windows.

I'm not convinced with the ergonomics... and that radiator flapping about would probably scratch things up pretty bad.

Probably better suited as an auxiliary heater for the basement.
t5kcannon 9th April 2014, 08:50 Quote
Lovely card. Price seems a lot, but when you consider the alternative of 2 other cards, plus watercooling equipment, the price of the 295x2 is not that crazy.
heir flick 9th April 2014, 12:27 Quote
i like it and my guess is the price will come down after a while
Acanuck 9th April 2014, 13:29 Quote
Matthew, did you notice any stuttering in your testing?

Seeing as this has always been one of the main deal breakers for multi-GPU setups, would be nice to know if this was the case.
Dogbert666 9th April 2014, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Acanuck
Matthew, did you notice any stuttering in your testing?

Seeing as this has always been one of the main deal breakers for multi-GPU setups, would be nice to know if this was the case.

The occassional jitter, especially in Skyrim (though that happens even with single GPUs). Certainly nothing intolerable or as bad as previous solutions. Overall I was impressed with how finished the drivers "felt" despite only being a beta launch variety.
Acanuck 9th April 2014, 18:09 Quote
Thanks!


Time to drop in another 290X and install these 14.4 BETA drivers?


AlienwareAndy 9th April 2014, 20:24 Quote
I just had a read of Eurogamer's review and like PCper they found that the 780ti SLI set up actually had more problems than the 295x2.

That's impressive. AMD have come a bloody long way since PCper 'outed' them. What's better is I'm a 7990 owner, and, got my card at a drastically reduced price because of the frame problems.

Can't see myself moving from 1080p any time soon, and even if I do I will most probably got for a 1440 monitor instead. Will be the perfect match for my 7990 :)
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Separate cards may be cheaper, but if I had the money/desire I'd be tempted by making a stupidly powerful compact gaming system even at a bit of a premium.

Imagine a mini-ITX system build around this monster :D

Also the simplicity of two relatively compact all in one coolers would be a boon for such a system.

Bindi pointed out that these cards actually cost more to make than two separate 290x. Not only that but you're getting a dual rad cooler and what looks like two separate pump units (one per GPU). Now unless one's simply a dummy that all adds cost.
true_gamer 9th April 2014, 20:49 Quote
Great card, but the price is stupid...
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
The occassional jitter, especially in Skyrim (though that happens even with single GPUs). Certainly nothing intolerable or as bad as previous solutions. Overall I was impressed with how finished the drivers "felt" despite only being a beta launch variety.

I watched the Nvidia G-sync video, and they went in great detail how monitors could be more to blame for what we would describe as 'Lag/mircoshutter'. Sounds like you may be experiencing that with your single GPU setup's too?

This was the video. :)

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I know you guys have a lot to do, but could you not add some SLI/CFX solutions to show where this card would be in the table of results using multi GPU setup. I.E 2x GTX780Ti/ 2x R9 290X etc. :)
Dogbert666 9th April 2014, 21:36 Quote
Yeah, I'm always wary about which I attribute it to. One thing I can say for certain is that Nvidia's G-Sync is friggin awesome, and they have every right to be marketting it as hard as they can.

As for SLI/CF configs, I think I wrote above somewhere that I would've put them in had we the samples/time to do so. With the transition things are a bit up in the air at the moment with regards to test systems and so on too, and I don't want to commit to testing a whole load of configs where the results may well be useless in a month or so should we migrate/refresh our test systems. We're doing our best to get things back on track asap though :)
true_gamer 9th April 2014, 22:27 Quote
I've yet to see a G-sync monitor in action, but from what I've gathered too, they're awesome! :)

I understand. Well hopefully once things settle down, it would be good to see how multi GPU cards scale in SLI/CFX and how the drivers on both teams have improved over the years.
I remember a few years back CPC did this test and showed the scalability of using 1, 2, & 3 GPU's. ;)
jackjack 11th April 2014, 06:41 Quote
Excellent review Matthew :)
Thaifood 11th April 2014, 08:39 Quote
I want one :-) but funds and psu can't handle it :-(
Kovoet 11th April 2014, 08:54 Quote
I have a bonus coming in, decisions decisions.
Harlequin 13th April 2014, 23:59 Quote
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-295x2-review-benchmark-performance,3799-16.html


toms have done some serious power analysing - seems not to be drawing quite as much as thought - in fact matching 780ti`s in sli
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