Powercolor R9 295X2 Devil 13 Preview
The Devil Awakens
Published: 23rd July 2014 | Source: Powercolor |
Every now and then we get a product at OC3D that is worth writing a preview for, this is certainly one of those times. This card claims to be the fastest air cooled GPU on earth, and hold the largest number of power plugs I have ever seen on a single card. Yes the R9 295X2 Devil 13 is here and it will soon give the GPU Test Rig a trial by Hellfire. So let’s have a look.
We will start with the packaging, which is to Powercolor’s usual Devil 13 style both stylish and more subtle than what we are generally used to for a GPU box. It is not very flashy, but as they say the Devil is in the details.
Opening up the box we first find a sleeve containing the driver CD, which we quickly removed to find something I personally didn’t expect, a Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse curtesy of what Powercolor call the "Devil 13 Deluxe Pack". Note guys this is a £100 mouse and not some cheap throw away toy.
This mouse is a nice little add-on and is suitable to almost any potential buyer, supporting both Wired and Wireless configurations, a dpi of 8200 with a 4G laser sensor and is fully customizable to suit any preference.
After we get past the mouse we find the main event, the R9 295X2 in all of its glory.
If we didn’t think this GPU was a beast before we took it out of the box we do now. This card makes an impression, with its 3-fan cooler and an eye catching red and black shroud that wouldn’t look out of place in hell itself.
The fans used on this cooler are not just regular fans either, but feature an innovative double blade design, allowing each fan to generate 20% more airflow compared to conventional fans. We will see in our testing how well this new design copes under pressure.
This card will take up a full 3 slots, with its height extending around an inch above the top of the PCI-e Bracket. The outputs of this card are not the same as the reference R9 295X2 with, 2x DVI-D ports, a single HDMI and a Single Displayport.
From the side I notice two things, firstly the Devil 13 logo, which will pulse with a red glow while turned on is located at an ideal position to be seen through any case window. At the other side we find a colossal amount of 8-pin power, totalling 4 in all.
These power ports are here for a reason; as some of you already know the reference R9 295X2 breaks PCI specifications AMD actually consume more power than an 8-pin power lead is supposed to, leading AMD to add a disclaimer to their GPU warning that only high quality PSUs should be used with their product.
Powercolor go within PCI Spec and then some, using their All-digital 10+2+3 phase power circuit using our own Platinum Power Kit to feed the GPU. This will hopefully ensure some good overclocking results as well as be certain to run on any PSU with 4x 8-pin power, provided it is from a quality brand.
Finally we move onto the rear of the product, where we find a full-cover, die-cast back plate which adds to the stability of such a large heavy card and provides some additional cooling potential. Sadly though the Devil 13 logo is upside down, this is a shame to see in such an otherwise impressive card.
This back plate also very unique, being the only card on the market to have the signature of AMD’s Corporate Vice President, Roy Taylor’s, Signature. This highlights the fact that this is a Flagship card that Powercolor have created, acting as an AMD seal of approval if not nothing else.
To conclude this card looks impressive, but for the moment we don’t know if its claims are to be believed. We will be bombarding this GPU with our rigorous Overclock3D test suite including some torturous 4K gaming we will report back later with our results and full review.
Until then you can join the discussion of the Powercolor R9 295X2 Devil 13 on the OC3D forums.