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  • AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

    Phoronix: AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

    As expected AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 295X graphics card this morning as the "world's fastest" for those with $1500 USD to spare...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY1ODY

  • #2
    Huh?.. Does the 295X technically use crossfire to link the two GPUs even though it is one card in one slot?..

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Baconmon View Post
      Huh?.. Does the 295X technically use crossfire to link the two GPUs even though it is one card in one slot?..
      As far as I know, yes.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Baconmon View Post
        Huh?.. Does the 295X technically use crossfire to link the two GPUs even though it is one card in one slot?..
        As far as I'm aware, all dual-GPU cards, including nvidia, use crossfire/SLI. That being said, the actual memory capacity they have is really halved.

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        • #5
          $1500... LOL
          LOL





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          LOL
          Great for everyone who thinks that $1500 is a small price to pay for nothing but ONE WEEK worth of BRAGGING rights to a bunch of game-dorks whose opinions are meaningless to begin with.

          Why one week? Because two things happen in one week; the price drops in half, and it gets replaced with something even more OMGAWESUM!!!!

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          • #6
            This is obviously not a card aimed at games. No game will utilize all this power for several years to come. It's obviously a card for 3D artists. For studios it might be well worth it to pay 1500$.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
              $1500... LOL
              LOL

              ...
              LOL
              Great for everyone who thinks that $1500 is a small price to pay for nothing but ONE WEEK worth of BRAGGING rights to a bunch of game-dorks whose opinions are meaningless to begin with.
              Why one week? Because two things happen in one week; the price drops in half, and it gets replaced with something even more OMGAWESUM!!!!
              You doesn't hear about Titan Z, right?

              Originally posted by sarmad View Post
              This is obviously not a card aimed at games. No game will utilize all this power for several years to come. It's obviously a card for 3D artists. For studios it might be well worth it to pay 1500$.
              Just think about Eyefinity or 4K, or "4K Eyefinity".

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                This is obviously not a card aimed at games. No game will utilize all this power for several years to come. It's obviously a card for 3D artists. For studios it might be well worth it to pay 1500$.
                It is. AMD already has a line for professional cards, the firepros.
                I guess miners will be interested in that too.

                Anyway, there are quite a number of games that will need something like that to push out 60+fps at 4k, with every details to the max.

                Oh, and for what it's worth, I'm very disappointed by this card. Go read any review, it's not nearly as good as one would expect it to be.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Spittie View Post
                  Go read any review, it's not nearly as good as one would expect it to be.
                  According to the reviews that I have read, it performs like 290X CF. It uses slightly more than twice as much power as a single 290X. It costs about the same as two 290X's plus water cooling blocks.

                  So it is precisely what everybody expected it to be.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sarmad View Post
                    This is obviously not a card aimed at games. No game will utilize all this power for several years to come. It's obviously a card for 3D artists. For studios it might be well worth it to pay 1500$.
                    As already mentioned, this is not a workstation GPU. It isn't optimized for workstation software, so for the same price you could get a much more power efficient GPU that could probably perform even better.

                    This card is targeted toward gaming on UHD or 3x+ monitor setups. If you have anything less that, then yes, this is an incredibly stupid card to buy.


                    @droidhacker
                    Have you not seen the reviews for this? While the price is outrageous, it is justifiable. Especially for bitcoin miners.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                      While the price is outrageous, it is justifiable. Especially for bitcoin miners.
                      Yippy! How many bitcoins can I mine per day?.. I can't wait to be rich from this card!..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Baconmon View Post
                        Yippy! How many bitcoins can I mine per day?.. I can't wait to be rich from this card!..
                        Well technically, you shouldn't mine bitcoins, but something else, like litecoins.

                        Currently, bitcoins are mined by specialized hardware (ASIC - custom made chips) which are order of magnitude faster than GPU (GPUs tend to mine in the mega-hash per second range, ASIC mine in the giga-hash to tera-hash range), and the bitcoin protocol automatically adjust the diffculty and rate of production of bitcoins to the mining power of the whole network.

                        Litecoins can be mined on GPUs, and because their mining process is very memory dependant, there aren't such dramatic jumps between hardware generations.
                        Currently Litecoins are still mostly mined on the GPU. But some server-class CPUs can still mine litecoin in the same speed range, and the current experimental FPGAs aren't much more faster than GPUs.

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                        • #13
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Fy_NlUnr0

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                          • #14
                            Hdmi 2

                            1) Why would 4K game need more GPU power then FullHD? Isn't increased number of pixels compensated for by not needing AA?

                            2) If this card is to do anything with 4K, it supposed to have HDMI 2. For many people and use-cases 30" monitors are small, and bigger monitor (called "TV") have only HDMI, no DP. Maybe someone from AMD can tell us here, or Michael perhaps using his channels, when HDMI 2 is supposed to be standard on graphic cards? I tought there will be no HDMI 1.4 already, especially for $1500 card (!), so it seems manufacturers run into some issues with HDMI 2, licensing perhaps?

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                            • #15
                              @mirza

                              1) No, it is not compensated. The GPU needs to calculate 4 times the number of pixels. AA is always lighter on the GPU, especially post-processing AA.

                              2) HDMI 2.0 hardware is almost non-existent on the market. I think Panasonic TX-L65WT600 was the first, and it is only launched in some regions.

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