Oddly enough, AMD’s new dual-processor Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card owes its rapid release to Nvidia. It was in March that Nvidia’s head Jen-Hsun Huang showcased the GeForce GTX Titan Z with two top-end GK110 “Kepler” GPUs but it took about two months for that product to actually reach the market – and at a fantastically high price of $2999.
AMD reacted quickly. Just a week after the GeForce GTX Titan Z announcement the company released its Radeon R9 295X2 card with two Hawaii XT GPUs and actually began to sell it at only half the Titan Z’s price.
Considering that the single-processor GeForce GTX Titan is faster than the Radeon R9 290X and that Nvidia’s SLI is comparable to AMD’s CrossFireX technology in efficiency, we have no doubts about the GeForce GTX Titan Z beating the Radeon R9 295X2. However, these two cards are going to differ twofold in price. And the latter is already here and ready to be tested by us while the GeForce GTX Titan Z will arrive later.
Specifications and Recommended Price
The specs and price of the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 are listed below in comparison with those of the single-processor AMD Radeon R9 290X and the dual-processor AMD Radeon HD 7990 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 690.
The new card came to us in OEM packaging, so let's move on right to its PCB design.