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Radeon R9 295X2 8 GB Review: Project Hydra Gets Liquid Cooling
By , Igor Wallossek

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AMD’s Radeon R9 290Xes in CrossFire and R9 295X2 perform similarly in Thief. But solid frame rates don’t stop Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 780 Tis and Titans in SLI from scoring first- and second-place finishes.

Meanwhile, the Radeon HD 7990 and GeForce GTX 690 trail. We’ve seen Thief eat up a ton of graphics memory, so it’s possible that the 690’s 2 GB of GDDR5 per GPU is responsible for the low minimum frame rate figure.

Aside from one hitch encountered by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 690, all of these results are both smooth and playable.

Every tested configuration exhibits low frame time variance. There is one result more notable than the others, though. Typically, we’d expect average variance lower than the 75th percentile, which in turn should be lower than the 95th percentile. But the GeForce GTX 690’s 75th percentile figure is higher than the average.

A look at the frame time chart shows why. In essence, the 690 is plagued by a handful of severe snags. So, while it’s typically a strong performer, those spikes drive up the average and 95th percentile results.

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AMD’s Radeon R9 295X2 continues its chart-topping march in Thief, averaging 45 FPS, but more impressively keeping minimum performance above 40 FPS.

As you can see from the GeForce GTX 690’s showing, graphics memory is an important consideration at this title’s Very High preset. We can’t even blame multi- or super-sampled anti-aliasing; the quality setting employs FXAA. Three gigabytes per GPU might not even be enough. Although Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti takes second place in the averages, it dips back to a minimum of 31 FPS. Two Titans hold up a little better.

Fortunately, it looks like the 780 Tis only get hit hard in a couple of places. Otherwise, they hang right there with AMD’s cards.

All of the frame time variance figures are acceptable, aside from the GeForce GTX 690.

Huge variance numbers from a couple of GK104 GPUs throw off the scale of this chart.

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    JoeArchitect , April 8, 2014 7:53 AM
    @marciocattini

    "Wheres Tom's Hardware seal of approval..."

    This is addressed in the conclusion of the article:

    "We have an estimated price and an estimated date for availability. The past several launches were peppered by misses on both fronts, and we’ve learned our lesson about recommending gear before you can buy it."

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    ekagori , April 8, 2014 8:16 AM
    I like what AMD has done, it's good to know they are making a better effort with high end parts. Hopefully all this goodness trickles down to the next generation 20nm consumer friendly products.
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    tristangl , April 8, 2014 7:48 AM
    ok that just prove that 4k gaming for the average joe is still not around the corner
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    SVMreborn , April 8, 2014 5:19 AM
    The pricing of this beast really impressed me.
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    Marsian Gustrianda , April 8, 2014 5:25 AM
    Many people doubt about Dual GPU Hawaii will be Blow Up. It seems AMD really do well job. Nice Looking Card
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    ohim , April 8, 2014 5:27 AM
    This card is like the Veyron of WV , show the world what you can do (R295x2) but you`ll still relay on the sales of your WV Golf for revenue (270x, 280x)
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    ferooxidan , April 8, 2014 5:40 AM
    Finally the review of this beast! Now continue reading
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    outlw6669 , April 8, 2014 5:47 AM
    Impressive performance, temperatures and fairly low noise!
    I would prefer a bit lower price, but this looks like a great card for the gamer that has everything!
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    getochkn , April 8, 2014 5:55 AM
    Surprised you didn't do a mining hashrate test on it to see what it can push out.
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    gunfighter zeck , April 8, 2014 6:01 AM
    the name Dreadnaught originated from Dread Nothing or, fear nothing.
    Boss ship.
  • 11 Hide
    Maxamus456 , April 8, 2014 6:14 AM
    Hope this price stays low and not get bloated from bit con miners like its predecessors.
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    blubbey , April 8, 2014 6:27 AM
    So let me get this straight. It runs pretty cool, quiet, performs well and (for the moment) is able to play a good selection of games at 4k admirably and is priced competitively. Plus if you are going to drop a bit more on watercooling your GPUs (which is a possibility if you're spending $1200+) that gives this card even greater value. Nice work AMD.
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    marciocattini , April 8, 2014 6:28 AM
    Wheres Tom's Hardware seal of approval? =( clearly this card diserves some love!
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    spp85 , April 8, 2014 6:31 AM
    Sheeeer muscle power
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    Plusthinking Iq , April 8, 2014 6:32 AM
    this is what i want for all my high end gaming, but i would rather like to see aio water cooling only and a 140mm version that could go silent if needed, full cover water block like the tundra series is some of the best. but single card is the best like a 780ti cooled with a 140mm aio at 500rpm and quiet pump. MAKE IT HAPPEN!
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    ferooxidan , April 8, 2014 6:54 AM
    After reading the article my conclusion is: we need a beefier GPU next year for a truly comfortable 4K gaming experience. OMG games this day really take tolls on our rig. Some games only hit around 40-ish and some even down to 30-ish fps on 4K. Imagine next year AAA titles, even this beast will be tamed.
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    Wisecracker , April 8, 2014 7:02 AM

    Vesuvius erupts !! ... nice job, Toms.

    Conspicuous by their absence are power, temp and noise numbers from the Green Team -- which likely means they got smoked (in a really good way) across the board by dual Hawaii.

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    AMD Radeon , April 8, 2014 7:34 AM
    good guy AMD
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    tristangl , April 8, 2014 7:48 AM
    ok that just prove that 4k gaming for the average joe is still not around the corner
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    chuckydb , April 8, 2014 7:50 AM
    I hope some OEM make the cooler with a double radiator. That card can be cooler and completely silent.
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    JoeArchitect , April 8, 2014 7:53 AM
    @marciocattini

    "Wheres Tom's Hardware seal of approval..."

    This is addressed in the conclusion of the article:

    "We have an estimated price and an estimated date for availability. The past several launches were peppered by misses on both fronts, and we’ve learned our lesson about recommending gear before you can buy it."

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    St0rm_KILL3r , April 8, 2014 8:04 AM
    Well, at 1440p r9 295x2 = gtx 780ti sli. But at 3840x2160 it totally dominates every gpu. Wondering if gtx 790 will be able to keep up with it.
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    ekagori , April 8, 2014 8:16 AM
    I like what AMD has done, it's good to know they are making a better effort with high end parts. Hopefully all this goodness trickles down to the next generation 20nm consumer friendly products.
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