AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review: Hawaii x 2

Going back all the way to the Rage Fury MAXX, ATI/AMD has had a long history of releasing dual-GPU powered graphics cards. During the previous generation, AMD so much as said the Radeon HD 7990 was coming well before the single-GPU powered Radeon HD 7970 even launched, but a number of things delayed the arrival of the 7990, and towards the end of its development cycle we got the sense AMD was sick of answering questions about it and regretted unveiling its plan so early. This time around, there wasn’t so much as a peep (at least officially) out of AMD about a dual Hawaii GPU-based graphics card. Some folks--including yours truly--even wondered if AMD would attempt a dual Hawaii GPU-based card after seeing how much power a single Radeon R9 290X consumed, not to mention the difficulty in routing traces for dual 512-bit memory interface.

But, they did, and AMD is ready to take the wraps off of what is undoubtedly the most powerful graphics card the company as ever produced...

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Review: Hawaii x 2

Via:  HotHardware
StaticFX 8 months ago

its crazy how, as you crank up the settings.. the performance gap decreases. Other tests Ive seen show it even beats the GTX SLI in some. amazing! Plus, its cheaper than getting SLI titans - by a lot!

JoePhillips 8 months ago

Need to get a killawatt monitor. Like to know how much this cost electricity wise. 

CDeeter 8 months ago

Didn't know they made kilowatt monitors. What do you use them for?

BTW no need for a kilowatt PSU if you're running one of these. The NZXT Hale 90 v2 850w has a single 12v rail rated at 70A.

Available on the Egg for $160

KevinLozandier 8 months ago

That's not hard to do because the Titans are for those who do computing mostly and want to have some fun too. It's ultimately a budget compute card that's sort of almost getting up there towards cutting into lower-tier Tesla sales.

It can perhaps sell as a Gamer card for those who's in the middle of deciding they actually want to do productive stuff with that card eventually.

Ultimately, Nvida has created a new niche of buyers more like their workstation audience for growth and profit. It's a clever way of continuing their workstation market dominance (over 80%).

It's for that reason comparing ATI's flagship gamer card to Nvidia's Titan lineup is rather pointless and a bit naive.

illus1ons 8 months ago

With 1500$ or more i can live more than 2 months and many people could find any other things much more important than this card. Maybe there are some people who can't agree with this but they do not know how hard you work for the money. What could possibly justify the step from a 780 to this?

realneil 8 months ago

[quote user="Daniel Telea"]What could possibly justify the step from a 780 to this?[/quote]

Some people have plenty of money.  They can by what they want without feeling the pain. Smile

I ~USED~ to have lots of it when I was working in Aerospace, but I'm retired and on a fixed income now.

I have a budget and I stick to it. That's why two OC-R9-280X cards in crossfire will have to do for me. Also, I bought them second hand and saved a bundle of cash.

Anyways, it's not like I'm suffering.

NickModrowski 8 months ago

it looks like a nice card, but i'm not a fan of the AIO liquid cooling solution, as i would have nowhere to mount it. sell me just the card and save me the money all that cooling costs and i'll use the inevitable koolance or EKWB block to tie it into my existing loop.

Joel H 8 months ago

Check the CryoVenom.

CDeeter 8 months ago

Most decent cases are able to support a rad this size in the rear exhaust position, or in the front panel. And I'm sure in a short while the after market cards will be out for those with custom loops.

HotHardware1 8 months ago

Not sure what you're referring to, Samuel.

Super Dave 8 months ago

Yowza. Good job, AMD!

JefferyPruett 8 months ago

Superman Approves!

SamuelCrabb 8 months ago

Not releasing information on a product until the NDA is up.

Unless ofcourse it is, than that's fine

SamuelCrabb 8 months ago

It's just you can generally tell when a NDA is over because Youtube will be flooded with videos from Reviewers in roughly an hour or two of each other.. It just seems strange that there is none but there is a bunch of information and benchmarks available, sorry if the initial comment was... out there

RJeffries 8 months ago

With two of these seems like you would need one hell of a Power Supply! But I wonder what the 4K Performance would be like! (Not that I'm in any danger of going 4K yet)

MichaelRauenhorst 8 months ago

i want it D:

acarzt 8 months ago

At $1500, It's just not worth it... i'd rather have the 2 780Tis, or better yet, 3 GTX 770s.

Joel H 8 months ago


SLI scaling above dual GPUs is rarely very good and most motherboards don't allow for a synchronous x8 / x8 / x8 PCIe 3.0 configuration (though there are some that do). The benefits of >2 GPUs is almost always tiny.

NathanMeters 8 months ago

Or if you're like me the cooling is a good idea since I don't already have a block. Or you could just get the corsair 900d

CDeeter 8 months ago

You mentioned that your 1200 watt PSU couldn't handle the 295x2, so what did you use?

Trut 8 months ago

... monney

realneil 8 months ago

This card is expensive and a power hog.

That said,.....I like it!      lots!


Really good review, Marco! (as always)

StaticFX 8 months ago

Maybe Neil - but this bad boy outperforms the Titan Z for 1/2 the cost... :)

realneil 8 months ago

[quote user="StaticFX"]Maybe Neil - but this bad boy outperforms the Titan Z for 1/2 the cost... :)[/quote]

That doesn't make it a good deal, the TitanZ is way too much also.

The only reason these are so much is that somewhere out there, there are mooks that will ~pay that much~ for bragging rights. NVIDIA and AMD know this.

I just bought a pair of Radeon R9-280X cards and will crossfire them. If they will not run what I want to, I don't want to run it.

ChrisTrak 8 months ago

The Beast.........has awoken.......

KevinLozandier 8 months ago

Were the DUAL 780 TI setup benchmarked AFTER the clever driver update Nvidia released around the time the 295X2 released or before the driver update was released?

JoelFernandes 8 months ago

R9, The new hero in town. Specs look good for almost 1/2 the cost. I'd need to upgrade the PC asap

WendellBeverly1 8 months ago

After using Nvidia chips for years, I'm tempted to switch to give this a go. Looks amazing!

KMotheral 8 months ago

I would love to have 1 or even 2 of these R9 295 X2!!

AntonBraun 4 months ago

Poor Nvidia, Maybe the next Titan series will be more competitive.

Darthlik 2 months ago

That's a lot of money for a lot of performance. I'd much rather get 2 of these than 2 Nvidia cards.

realneil 2 months ago

[quote user="Darthlik"]That's a lot of money for a lot of performance. I'd much rather get 2 of these than 2 Nvidia cards.[/quote]


The new GTX-980 & GTX-970 cards offer a lot of performance for not a lot of money. You may want to take a look at them.


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