Overkill3D - PowerColor R9 295X2 Crossfire
Published: 29th May 2014 | Source: PowerColor | Price: left arm, right leg & both kidneys |
If you're looking for a conclusion that discusses the relative merits of this setup as a daily gaming system, you can keep on going. This is ALL about the sheer performance at any cost, whilst keeping everything at a level that you can easily build yourself, even if this is your first attempt.
The performance is staggering. In nearly every single title we tested this particular combination of PowerColor R9 295X2's and the underlying system broke OC3D records left right and centre. It was always at the top of our charts, even when we included some of the, admittedly more aged but still quick, systems of similar power and price. All the main benchmarks, 3D Mark and Unigine, rocked up with the kind of numbers that if we'd have got them as a P score, or a 1080P result, we'd have been super happy with. To get them as X Marks and at this resolution is a testament to how far graphics technology has come.
Sure the costs involved are absolutely prohibitive for all but the most fat of wallet. So maybe the Chair of a bailed-out bank. Or a Manchester City footballer complaining about their birthday cake. Those kind of people. For the average user this is ridiculous amounts of money. And heat. And headaches.
What's that? Oh yes this has headaches. Let's have a quick look through some of the titles that just didn't work. Regular readers will already know from what is missing out of our usual line-up, but for those of you who are new (hello) then BattleField 4, Hitman Absolution, Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 all threw a fit and refused to work. Metro Last Light worked, but it's a complete joke. We'd love to know what they used to QA it, if this particular setup barely scrapes 20fps. It was quite humorous that none of the Origin games we use including the big AMD game BF4 would actually start, a single card is fine but adding the second caused DirectX to have a complete fit. We didn't bother with mantle because we have no way to record the FPS yet. Uplay was very much the same story, as the actual game play section opened DirectX yet again had a heart attack and crashed.
Although it's not a great surprise it still bears pointing out that this particular setup of Crossfire R9 295X2's (Quadfire in total) is just for getting big benchmarks. Yes you can game with it if you have a particular title that definitely works, but if you're buying it in the hope of playing a particular game you definitely need to check first. Then again if you're buying this money is obviously no object.
The performance is frankly ludicrous, but then so is the price. The 1300W power draw is none too impressive either. We're not here for anything other than insane 3D Mark performance though, and any other consideration is missing the point.
Still it's nice to dream, isn't it.