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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Monday, April 21, 2014 11:32:46 AM(UTC)
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If you've been wanting to upgrade your setup to run the fastest consumer level graphics card on the planet, today's the day you've been waiting for. AMD's insanely powerful Radeon R9 295X2 card is now starting to pop up online for purchase. The card isn't for everyone -- many gamers will find it cost prohibitive -- but if you have the disposable income and a beefy enough power supply, then we tip our hats to you, good sir or madam.

Amazon has a few of these cards listed. Stock comes and goes, though one to keep an eye on is the XFX brand card. It's currently priced at $1,649.99 with free shipping, which is $150 above AMD's MSRP, but also the least expensive around at this early stage. The two other cards we found go for $1,719.99 and $1,999.99. Markups like this are one of the costs of being an early adopter.

Radeon R9 295X2

The Radeon R9 295X2 is an absolute beast (check out our review). It has two GPUs and is essentially two Radeon R9 290X graphics cards merged together on a single PCB, but with a slightly higher peak GPU frequency (1018MHz versus 1000MHz). All tallied, it has 5,632 stream processors, 352 texture units, 128 ROPs, and 8GB of GDDR5 memory on a dual 512-bit memory interface.

AMD opted to cool the 295X2 with an integrated liquid cooler. There are space requirements to consider, at least in terms of the tubing and fan, but it's worth pointing out that the this card runs quieter than two 290X cards in CrossFire (and takes up less expansion slots, to boot).
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#2 Posted : Monday, April 21, 2014 5:20:33 PM(UTC)
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My head spinning with how much power this baby kicks!

Offline EzHunt  
#3 Posted : Monday, April 21, 2014 7:50:29 PM(UTC)
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smart people spending as much money buy NVIDIA. Intel Nvidia W7 & DirectX FTW :)

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:10:49 AM(UTC)
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smart people will notice that kicks more performance than two NVidia 780 for much less money and that AMD has better support fo DX than Nvidia too


of course this is just a card for enthusiasts with deep pockets

Offline StaticFX  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:30:57 AM(UTC)
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EzHunt wrote:


smart people spending as much money buy NVIDIA. Intel Nvidia W7 & DirectX FTW :)




....this is the fastest card on the market, even beating SLI 780ti - which will cost more money. So im not sure why smart people would spend more money to buy weaker products


what does win7 and Direct X have to do with it too? AMD uses direct x as well... and now struck a deal with VESA for their new tech, FreeSync, to go up against nVidia's Gsync. Meaning every monitor out there will be able to have a form of gsync for basically no extra cost. I think nVidia lost this round ;)


 

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#6 Posted : Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:04:23 PM(UTC)
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Not necessarily true. I picked up a brand new reference GTX 780 ti for $450 CAD pretax from NCIX. I can get three and put them in triple SLI for much better performance for the price, or even dual sli for a fraction of the cost...


Really depends on how much you can grab these cards for. And in early 2015, when the 780 ti is worth $300, you'll see that NVidia still offers a superior value for performance.


http://forums.redflagdeals.com/ncix-using-coupon-code-clrsaleapr11-over-250-suspended-until-new-coupon-1470737/


(scroll to see the 780ti on sale)

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