4K Showdown: Sapphire R9 295X2 8GB vs Sapphire R9 295X2 8GB in CrossFireX
The introduction of the Dell P2815Q into our main video card testbed environment meant that we really had the ability to expand our testing suite. If you don't know yet, the Dell P2815Q is a 4K resolution monitor that hits at an extremely affordable price tag. It's absolutely fantastic for our test system; it's not expensive, and since it's really only used for benchmarking, it doesn't have to be the best of the best when it comes to quality. All we really need it to do is output 4K resolution or, in other words, 3840 x 2160.
That's great news because I hate the monitor. Hate might be a bit of a strong word, but the bottom line is I would never buy this monitor for myself. The fact that it does 30Hz at 3840 x 2160 is disgusting. Not just for gaming, though. Even moving the mouse around is not pleasant at all. What the monitor has done, though, is made me realize I want to replace my center Dell U2711, a 2560 x 1440 IPS monitor, with a new 4K one. Unfortunately, just not the Dell. Instead, I am eyeing the ASUS PB287Q 60Hz monitor.
4K is really cool, and looking at games running at the resolution is just beautiful. Today, though, we need to find out just how the performance at this resolution is with two setups. The first is a single Sapphire R9 295X2 8GB. The second is a pair of Sapphire R9 295X2 8GB cards running in CrossFireX. This is the first of many 4K Showdown articles that focus on what will be primarily a pair of cards going head to head. After this one, two more articles will include a 3GB and 6GB NVIDIA GTX 780 and a 3GB and 6GB AMD R9 280X.
We're really looking forward to see if we can make use of these massive amounts of video memory being offered by companies. Today, though, is all about the R9 295X2 8GB, so let's not delay any longer and take a look at our Test System Setup before moving forward.