After the unveiling of the very generic looking (but very, very powerful) FirePro W9100 Graphics Card, AMD have followed up this week with the Radeon R9 295X2. This is the first dual-processor graphics card that is touted to actually double the performance of a single-processor card. Up until now, you could always yield better results by running two single processors in either AMD’s Crossfire or Nvidia’s SLI configurations.
With just one single centre fan, cooling this 500 watt beast is possible by an on-board Asetek liquid cooling system (hence all the tubes), complete with an integrated pump and 120mm radiator with its own fan. The busy cooling system has come as a response to consumer criticism over AMD’s cards running very hot and very loud.
Some of the specs:
- 11.5 TFLOPS of computing perfromance
- 5632 stream processors
- 8GB memory
- 512-bit memory interface x 2
- Dual liquid-cooled AMD Radeon™ GPUs
- Asetek closed-loop liquid cooling
Availability of the R9 295X2 will come as soon as April 21, with a relatively reasonable price of $1,500. Nvidia’s recently announced GeForce GTX Titan Z has been rumoured to cost as high as $3,000, which may sway some 4K resolution enthusiasts to jump ship to AMD.