File-It-Under: visual technology By: D.F.Skin
It seems not so long ago dual-GPU graphic cards were considered more of an admired luxury but now you starting to see more of them pop up every year either from the likes of NVIDIA or AMD. The latest dual GPU graphic card that's making headway these days is the AMD Radeon R9 295X2, its safe to say judging from internal the hardware that's within this graphic card is a beast and this weeks "Hot Hardware" profile, lets talk about it.
The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 code name Hawaii as I mentioned in the above paragraph is a beast and the most powerful graphic card produced by AMD to date, think of this graphic card as a miniature motherboard which in a sense is a high-end motherboard that has been shrunken to accommodate the PCIe slot,there are a tons of stuff on this graphic that will make you wow with envy. Examining some of its main specs we start things off by taking a close look at the dual-GPU's as its clock speed measures in at 1018 MHz that's roughly 1.18GHz which puts this graphic card as one the fastest on market.Rounding things off with the rest of the specs what we have here is pretty much what you'll see on a single GPU graphic card, it has a 28nm Process, 5632 stream processors, not 2,or 4 but 8GB of memory configuration on this graphic card, 11.5 TFLOPs of computer performance. The graphic card requires 8 pins to power up the hardware which generally means it requires a great deal of power, the total board power measures at an astounding 275 Watts,its no wonder why a water cooler is needed to stabilize this graphic card. Yes you read it correctly a water cooler is included with the AMD Radeon R9 and it manufactured by Astek I might add. In order to run this graphic card and have it run stable you more than likely need a 1,000 Watt power supply to start.
From looking at all the videos and images the aesthetics of the graphic card is beautifully constructed encased in all metal, it has a nice squared off and compact design,well compact in terms of build not overall size. Speaking of which the Radeon R9 295x2 is a tremendously large graphic card the measures almost a 1 foot, 11.3-inches to be exact. The graphic card has a LED lit fan with a displayed logo placed right on top of the actual fan.
In regards to temperature the Radeon R9 295X2 surprisingly its a non issue, from my gathered intelligence on the graphic card under extreme conditions the GPU temp never exceeded 70'C . From all tests I've read on this graphic card the surface temp on the liquid cooler radiator would only go as high as 45.9'C.
Now a graphic card with immense power comes at a pretty hefty price tag,we're talking $1499, that's roughly $500 more than what the NVIDIA's Titan Z which was unveiled in early 2013 which at the time cost $1,000.It is obvious this graphic card is not for the average consumer who's on a Roman Noodle budget unless of course you have that kind of money to throw around or your one of those hardware junkies who wants to have the latest and greatest in hardware. The device will be available for sell on April 21st.
Quick Note: The Radeon R9 295X2 is 4K resolution compatible.