Powercolor R9 295X2 Devil 13 Preview

The Devil Awakens

Powercolor R9 295X2 Devil 13 Preview  

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.

 

First 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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.   

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23-07-2014, 16:03:20

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...141143256l.png

An air Cooled R9 295X2? Lets have a first look at Powercolor's Devil 13, with it's Volcano quenching cooler.


Read more on the Powercolor 295X2 Devil 13 hereQuote

23-07-2014, 16:05:25

Wraith
Wait wait wait! Not ready yet, I need a fresh brew. Quote

23-07-2014, 16:05:48

MadShadow
My body is readyQuote

23-07-2014, 16:18:29

barnsley
This thing is a tank and will probably get as warm as said tank on fire.
Either way I can't wait to see this in action. I hope they'll release a version with a block as powercolor do sell a 290x with a block.Quote

23-07-2014, 16:22:26

Wraith
Can't wait to see you tear off this biatchzz panties and slot it home for some 4K benches.

4x 8pin!!! What!!Quote

23-07-2014, 16:26:20

remember300
am i right in thinking thats 175W per socket giving an available power of 700W for one card?

And thats a beast of a card, like how you get that mouse though Quote

23-07-2014, 16:26:54

GadgetGarrett
Looking forward to the test results but... am I the only one that's getting a little tired of all this black and red?Quote

23-07-2014, 16:33:44

RickPlaysWarr
Looking at all those fins, and thinking of how much heat is going to come off that card; you are going to need good airflow through your case. Just looking at the power connections is a trip. 4x8 pin. Really wonder how its going to look in a rig. Guess you need that 1200i just to run that single card.

Positives, bet it heats my office up in winterQuote

23-07-2014, 18:30:25

WYP
It is a very interesting card to see the least. With the problems AMD had cooling the stock 290X and resorting to water cooling for the Dual GPU variant, Powercolor must be using some real engineering magic to keep this thing cool.

I will be awaiting the full review with interest.Quote

23-07-2014, 18:51:00

MadShadow
Im assuming that this will perform worse than the stock one, and if I'm correct then I really see no point in this card. I cant imagine how it can beat an AIO...Quote

23-07-2014, 18:52:30

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Im assuming that this will perform worse than the stock one, and if I'm correct then I really see no point in this card. I cant imagine how it can beat an AIO...
In theory it should be faster, it does have faster memory speeds after all.

Provided the cooler stops it from throttling it should be better. I guess we will see.Quote

23-07-2014, 19:14:24

Commander_Z
who wants a sauna inside their case??? Quote

23-07-2014, 19:14:35

deadbc77
I guess its a "Go Big, or Go Home" thing.Tom, if you could? Show how many watts your pulling out of the wall while testing.Just to compare with my R9 295X2.Inquiring minds would like to know.Quote

23-07-2014, 19:21:00

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Commander_Z View Post
who wants a sauna inside their case???
No sauna, just fire I'm afraid.Quote

23-07-2014, 19:24:28

RamboOC
I bet that this air cooled 295x2 will still beat titan z which probably costs more than double of this 295x2.Quote

23-07-2014, 19:32:08

Excalabur50
I got a funny felling that this card is gonna surprise a few people me includedQuote

23-07-2014, 19:33:41

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
I got a funny felling that this card is gonna surprise a few people me included
Hopefullt its gonna be really good. I can just imagine Tom laughing at us right now :PQuote

23-07-2014, 20:10:31

RamboOC
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Hopefullt its gonna be really good. I can just imagine Tom laughing at us right now :P
Something tells me that the 4 8-pin power connectors are a hint to something special. It would be funny if this card overclocked better and mantained better temps that the stock 295x2 with aioQuote

23-07-2014, 21:54:38

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
I got a funny felling that this card is gonna surprise a few people me included
I've remained quiet so far but I do believe this fat card will surprise all, you only have to look at the amount of workmanship and effort that's gone into it.Quote

23-07-2014, 23:00:50

Excalabur50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
I've remained quiet so far but I do believe this fat card will surprise all, you only have to look at the amount of workmanship and effort that's gone into it.
I think you may be right Quote

24-07-2014, 01:42:57

RickPlaysWarr
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
I've remained quiet so far but I do believe this fat card will surprise all, you only have to look at the amount of workmanship and effort that's gone into it.
It is a huge dam sexy beastly looking thing. Once watching Tom's video again, the mod itch to re-color the thing is hitting me. It looks extremely well made. Not that I can paint like Hanoverfist, but would love to give it a try.

--Rick--Quote

24-07-2014, 02:46:32

Kaapstad
It would be nice if they did a version with a pre fitted waterblock, with all those power connectors you could put some real volts through it.Quote

24-07-2014, 02:56:09

garih
anyone care to guess the price tho??

i bet tom is happy he got that A/C fitted before running this beastQuote

24-07-2014, 03:46:40

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by garih View Post
anyone care to guess the price tho??

i bet tom is happy he got that A/C fitted before running this beast
You can buy it on Overclockers for £1139. Only ~£200 more than the standard one.

This should be faster as it is two full fat 290 chips. It'll be noisy and hot though. Come on powercolor where is your sufficiently cooled AIO version.Quote

24-07-2014, 05:05:14

SieB
It is faster than the reference 295x2 but it also uses more power, runs hotter, louder and unfortunately overclocking is gimped due to the heat. IIRC temps are around 85-90*c on full load, but that isn't bad at all considering it is a dual card with two full fat Hawaii cores.

The 4x8pins gives it the full amount of power to each core, unlike the reference 295x2 where the two cores both share the power from 2x8pins.Quote

24-07-2014, 05:21:36

Thelosouvlakia
OwO that 32-pin powered beast! I don't care how air cooling works on that thing but imagine getting it waterblocked, and getting it in a custom loop cooled by a 480mm rad... Overclocking would be heavenlyQuote

24-07-2014, 05:26:29

Kushiro
Is it just me or does the backplate still look damn ugly.Quote

24-07-2014, 05:37:44

RamboOC
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newbie_NS810 View Post
Is it just me or does the backplate still look damn ugly.
yup it does. The whole card to me looks ugly and amature, and the side sticker "devil13" looks like it was made using paint (program)Quote

24-07-2014, 05:40:30

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by RamboOC View Post
yup it does. The whole card to me looks ugly and amature, and the side sticker "devil" looks like it was made in paint
Trust me if its anything like the Devil 7870 I worked with in the past it looks better in the flesh and the build quality really is something special .Quote

24-07-2014, 05:42:56

Kushiro
haha, glad to know my tastes arent Off.

oh well, hopefully it performs well, I doubt I will be buying one though.

Another thing, why is it that I feel advertisements for tech is moving more towards advertisements targeted at kids, even that designs of the hardware itself. Still laughing about that iron man vid by MSIQuote

24-07-2014, 05:45:36

barnsley
This isn't the first Powercolor dual GPU with proper cores on it. They made a 7990 (more like a 7970x2 than an actual 7990) Devil and I think it looks fiiine.
http://www.powercolor.com/global/sho...mage_b_s_2.jpgQuote

24-07-2014, 05:59:04

RamboOC
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
This isn't the first Powercolor dual GPU with proper cores on it. They made a 7990 (more like a 7970x2 than an actual 7990) Devil and I think it looks fiiine.
http://www.powercolor.com/global/sho...mage_b_s_2.jpg
That looks better than the 295x2Quote

24-07-2014, 06:01:36

Kushiro
I was actually a fan of the devil version with the 2 7970. It was actually quite nice. Not to mention that fact that I could actually OC the damn thing, unlike my reference 7990.Quote

24-07-2014, 06:04:08

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by RamboOC View Post
That looks better than the 295x2
Probably because 2 7970s are a hell of a lot easier to cool. They obviously had to work around the cooling then the design with the 295x2. The 7970x2 seemed to be design then cooling.Quote

24-07-2014, 07:16:06

RamboOC
Looks better to me when its white Accidently covered the sides with white too and delated .psd

http://i57.tinypic.com/10cwaig.jpgQuote

24-07-2014, 10:39:03

Thelosouvlakia
O_O TTL said it would look amazing in white....
And it doooooooooQuote
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