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First Overclocked R9 295X2 Surfaces Courtesy of Sapphire

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Sapphire has revealed a new graphics card, the R9 295X2 OC. As you've probably already guessed, the GPUs aboard this graphics card are overclocked for greater performance. This is the first overclocked Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card from any manufacturer. The overclock makes it very clear to us that there is really no reason for this except to put the letters O and C on the card's box.

Are you ready for it? The R9 295X2 from Sapphire is clocked at a staggering 1030 MHz. It's very fast for a dual GPU card but when you consider that the reference frequency of the card is set at 1018 MHz, and you suddenly realize that Sapphire has only overclocked the card by a mind-boggling 12 MHz, you're probably not as impressed.

Nonetheless, this is a great attempt from Sapphire, and note it still comes in the pretty packaging that Sapphire's card is said to come in.

No word on pricing yet, though we don't expect a very large premium over the standard price.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 25, 2014 2:10 PM
    Sapphire has slapped a very cute overclock onto its R9 295X2 graphics card.

    First Overclocked R9 295X2 Surfaces Courtesy of Sapphire : Read more
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    someguynamedmatt , April 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    *sigh*
    Oh, marketing. I guess if nothing else, it puts a bit of 'competition' out there with another card, if you can even call it that. Can't wait to see what they do with the price on this... might end up being interesting. (:
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    XxXGunXxXGraveXxX , April 25, 2014 2:45 PM
    I love the sarcasmXD What ive always wondered why do companies even put out factory over clocked when you can just use MSI Afterburner to oc way higher anyway.
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    oczdude8 , April 25, 2014 3:04 PM
    It would be cool if they sold a real OC edition with a 240 rad
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    thechief73 , April 25, 2014 3:12 PM
    One morning.. not to long ago... in a cubical. A engineer changed two digits and hit save.
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    John Wittenberg , April 25, 2014 3:20 PM
    The speed, I can't handle the speeeeed! Oh wait, that's it? (Giggles)
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    John Wittenberg , April 25, 2014 3:22 PM
    On that note, I have stably over clocked my sli 780M's +180 MHz. Not apple to apples, but seriously - the thermal boundary of a laptop GPU is more constrained than a darned desktop card, dual GPU or otherwise.
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    ragenalien , April 25, 2014 3:50 PM
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    I love the sarcasmXD What ive always wondered why do companies even put out factory over clocked when you can just use MSI Afterburner to oc way higher anyway.


    The number one reason is that overclocking voids your warranty on the card. So a factory overclocked card is faster than the standard card and still has a warranty. The second reason people buy they is because the GPU's are usually binned for overclocking. There's no guarantee that a card sold at stock clock speed can reach an overclocked card and many of them cannot. It's like buying an MSI lightning or EVGA classified. Those cards are binned to be the best possible overclockers. Not all GPU's are equal.
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    Optimus_Toaster , April 25, 2014 6:11 PM
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    The number one reason is that overclocking voids your warranty on the card. So a factory overclocked card is faster than the standard card and still has a warranty.


    I'm not sure what cards/manufacturers/retailers you are using but I have first hand experience at returning a personally overclocked card. They simply didn't care - in fact when the retailer is called overclockers it's expected of you.

    Also they have no way of finding out whether you have overclocked or not. Flashing the BIOS and be unable to flash back or physically altering your card will cause a refused rma, but anything you do in MSI afterburner will be undetectable.
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    falchard , April 25, 2014 9:42 PM
    It comes in that case because it doubles as a means for transporting the large sums of money it will take to purchase one.
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    jase240 , April 26, 2014 12:08 AM
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    The number one reason is that overclocking voids your warranty on the card. So a factory overclocked card is faster than the standard card and still has a warranty.


    I'm not sure what cards/manufacturers/retailers you are using but I have first hand experience at returning a personally overclocked card. They simply didn't care - in fact when the retailer is called overclockers it's expected of you.

    Also they have no way of finding out whether you have overclocked or not. Flashing the BIOS and be unable to flash back or physically altering your card will cause a refused rma, but anything you do in MSI afterburner will be undetectable.


    Let's specify, overvolting from overclocking WILL void your warranty and they CAN check to see that a card has been overvolted.

    Although many cards do have their voltages locked down, if you increase your voltage past max boost voltages(most cards will allow some minor headroom) it will void your warranty.
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    John Wittenberg , April 26, 2014 7:28 AM
    I'm not sure what video cards you are talking about, because for the last 2 generations of Nvidia desktop and laptop cards have automatic dynamic voltage out of the box. Turbo boost and turbo boost 2. Maybe AMD cards?
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    John Wittenberg , April 26, 2014 7:32 AM
    I've had 2 identical cars running different voltages at stock boost. Sounds like bumpkiss to me.

    Also sounds like you should buy a brand that stands behind their product even with overclocking (sans VBIOS mods). Like EVGA.
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    Steveymoo , April 26, 2014 11:07 AM
    The manufacturer's equivalent of saying "First" on a thread.
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    royalcrown , April 26, 2014 1:17 PM
    Pffft...12mhz...I am going for 12.4...yes...point four mhz !
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    sykozis , April 26, 2014 6:40 PM
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    Quote:
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    The number one reason is that overclocking voids your warranty on the card. So a factory overclocked card is faster than the standard card and still has a warranty.


    I'm not sure what cards/manufacturers/retailers you are using but I have first hand experience at returning a personally overclocked card. They simply didn't care - in fact when the retailer is called overclockers it's expected of you.

    Also they have no way of finding out whether you have overclocked or not. Flashing the BIOS and be unable to flash back or physically altering your card will cause a refused rma, but anything you do in MSI afterburner will be undetectable.


    Let's specify, overvolting from overclocking WILL void your warranty and they CAN check to see that a card has been overvolted.

    Although many cards do have their voltages locked down, if you increase your voltage past max boost voltages(most cards will allow some minor headroom) it will void your warranty.


    Proving a card was overvolted, is impossible for the board partners. You'd have to actually dissect the faulty component itself. Even then, you can't actually prove that any component used on the card was overvolted as you've destroyed ALL of the evidence while dissecting the component.
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    Ad Hoc , April 26, 2014 9:41 PM
    God, GPU boxes always have the worst box art.
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    bgunner , April 27, 2014 2:17 PM
    ROFL... anything for a Buck.
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    InvalidError , April 27, 2014 6:32 PM
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    Proving a card was overvolted, is impossible for the board partners.

    It is easy enough if they really want to do it: many AMD partners used to include a (EE)PROM on their boards that got programmed with the date when overclocking features got unlocked. This date used to be listed under hardware info or the overclock tab in the stock Catalyst UI but appears to be gone in newer versions.
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    spookyman , April 29, 2014 10:41 AM
    All I need is a case for the card. Makes it easier to run off with it.
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    Wisecracker , May 30, 2014 12:36 PM

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    The speed, I can't handle the speeeeed! Oh wait, that's it? (Giggles)


    Whatever it is, it's faster than a TitanZ.