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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500 146

Posted by timothy
from the for-$1500-it-should-unveil-itself dept.
wesbascas (2475022) writes "This morning, AMD unveiled its latest flagship graphics board: the $1,500, liquid-cooled, dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2. With a pair of Hawaii GPUs that power the company's top-end single-GPU Radeon R9 290X, the new board is sure to make waves at price points that Nvidia currently dominates. In gaming benchmarks, the R9 295X2 performs pretty much in line with a pair of R9 290X cards in CrossFire. However, the R9 295X2 uses specially-binned GPUs which enable the card to run with less power than a duo of the single-GPU cards. Plus, thanks to the closed-loop liquid cooler, the R9 295X doesn't succumb to the nasty throttling issues present on the R9 290X, nor its noisy solution."
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

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  • by Dancindan84 (1056246) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @09:40AM (#46693293)

    It's not so much the thermal conductivity of the GPU->water vs. GPU->copper heatsink that's the direct benefit. It's using the water to carry the heat to a much larger radiator rather than having to have the heatsink directly on the GPU (which greatly limits its size).

  • Do not want (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @10:27AM (#46693839)

    Didn't find any need for the $1000 Titan card, doubtful I will find a need for a $1500 flavor either.

    Patience works well. Wait a year or two and you can pick up this awesome horsepower at a fraction of the price. Pick up any games that require this much horsepower at the same time and you're golden. It's similar to how I buy games today. I'll be damned if I'm paying full price for what is effectively Beta III. I'll let them sit for a while, let the world test it and complain, watch all the patches get applied and ultimately pick it up when it goes on sale for $20 or so.

    I learned long ago to quit buying bleeding edge gear.

  • by Rockoon (1252108) on Tuesday April 08, 2014 @10:37AM (#46693945)

    I design cooling systems for high-heat semiconductors.

    So we can expect you to be pretty knowledgeable about stuff, not overlooking important details, and understanding the various limitations imposed by each method...

    Guess what? Liquid cooling SUCKS as you're still limited by how fast you can transfer the heat to the air ultimately.

    ...except what we find out is that actually you only have just enough knowledge to look stupid because you overlooked important details such as the obvious limitations imposed by having your radiator mounted directly on the device being cooled.

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