Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
CrossFireX continues to not be a perfect technology, and the setup today seems to run into a few more problems than we normally encounter as a number of our benchmarks had issues in one way or another. For the most part, though, the biggest issue with this $2,000 setup isn't the drivers or the cards, but the monitor and games.
With a native resolutions of 2560 x 1600, the 30-inch Dell monitor continues to be nothing for a setup like this when everything is working perfectly. The only time that the FPS aren't where they're meant to be is when we run into some kind of computability issue. We're now at the point where a 4K monitor can be made use of, and because of that, we intend to retire our much-loved 30-inch Dell monitor in the coming weeks.
Just like the R9 295X2 8GB, the CrossFireX setup we're looking at today isn't going to be for everyone. If you're someone who finds themselves with an R9 290X 4GB already, though, and feels that a whole lot of extra power would come in handy, the addition of a card like this is awesome. We can't deny the cost associated with the move, though.
Outside of all that, though, the big issue is going to be stock. It comes as little surprise that stock is an issue on the new R9 295X2. While the card is indeed expensive, you can't deny that there continues to be plenty of people who have the ability to afford such an expensive video card. Combined with the fact that stock on the model was always going to be tight, it comes with little shock that getting ahold of an R9 295X2 isn't easy.
Outside of 4K testing, the next thing we want to do is take the time to test two R9 295X2 8GB cards in CrossFireX. We're hoping that we won't run into the same problems that we ran into today. Unfortunately, only time will tell. If you've got the money, though, and you're after serious performance, we can't deny the appeal of this setup. Just like the R9 295X2 8GB, this isn't a setup for everyone, and it's clear that the drivers need a little bit of work. We're off to a fantastic start, though.
PRICING: You can find the R9 290X for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The GIGABYTE R9 290X retails for $579.99 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The Sapphire R9 290X retails for $829.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - F1 2012 & Metro Last Light]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Dirt Showdown & Nexuiz]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 13 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 14 [Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts]
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