Up in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave (also known as the United States) AMD has begin a sweeping promotion for their dual-GPU monster, the Radeon R9 295X2. The card is now discounted further to $999, making the Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan Z three times as expensive for less than 90% of the Radeon’s performance. The card still sells locally for over R20,000 though, so there’s very little reason to get one over two R9 290X GPUs which will be slightly less than R15,000 all together.
Although the price cuts probably won’t reach us in time to make any real difference, this is a good sign – it’s a sign that Nvida’s Maxwell graphics cards are on the way and AMD is discounting their dual-GPU monster to grab some attention before it’s lost in the wave of Big Maxwell.
The Radeon R9 295X2 is a dual-GPU card with two full Hawaii GPUs with 4GB GDDR5 for each chip and an effective 1024-bit memory interface. It requires some very particular power supplies to run properly and it comes with a bundled self-contained water-cooled radiator, fan and twin pumps on the copper block covering the GPUs. It’s easily the world’s most powerful single graphics card on the planet and AMD’s very happy to remind everyone of this fact when people look at the ludicrous price of the Titan Z and sit shaking their heads.