PowerColor R9 295X2 Review
Published: 21st May 2014 | Source: PowerColor | Price: £1100 |
PowerColor R9 295X2
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133
Corsair Neutron GTX
Windows 7 x64
ASUS 4K Monitor
Unsurprisingly with two high-end GPUs in place the 295X2 is hardly sipping from your power socket. 700W is a monstrous amount to be drawing. Of course if you're rich enough to afford the card then your electricity bill will be of minimal concern.
Keeping such an extraordinary amount of graphics power cool is definitely a tough ask, especially given the heat that the Hawaii XT GPU chucks out. However the AIO solution of the 295X2 is extremely responsive to your temperatures setting, and can hit a set thermal target with ease. We have to confess that, for a water-cooling option, this is way hotter than we'd like to run our cards, but if we dampen the temperature any more the performance hit is ridiculous. If ever a product required a larger radiator, this is it.
As can be seen below you do have a performance trade off when you start to drop the cards temperature target. To get the card to run at 45c it hardly increased the fan speed but instead throttled the card to below 50%!