Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
$1,499. Let's just get it out the way, rip it off like a band aid. At $1,499, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB is not just an expensive video card, but it's just an expensive piece of hardware or to be honest, an expensive item period. $1,499 is just a lot of money to drop on anything and simply too much for many people when it comes to a video card. Priced at a massive chunk when compared to two R9 290X 4GB cards which can be seen for about $1,200, the cost of more performance then that setup and the water cooled solution is costing you 25% more.
From a pure performance standpoint, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB doesn't ever offer 25% more performance than a CrossFire R9 290X 4GB setup. What you need to decide, though, is if the premium you're paying is worth the single card solution or the custom water cooling setup.
A quad GPU setup also blows out to near $3,000 compared to $2,400 if you went down the path of four R9 290X 4GB video cards. Most people are more than likely finding themselves giving some weird justifications for spending this much money on a video card. In the end, though, you're not going to find yourself disappointed with what is being offered here from AMD, though.
We love the model for many reasons. First, the performance is fantastic. While historically you would expect it to perform a little under what a pair of R9 290X 4GB cards give because more often than not we see these dual GPU cards be a pair of slightly down clocked top-end GPUs, AMD has instead turned around and chosen to make the core clock on each higher.
So they should have, though. Since they chose to move away from standard air cooling and into AIO water cooling, they should've done more with the core - which is another thing we love about the card. The cooling setup is awesome. We've got this custom AIO Asetek unit cooling the cores. But along with that, AMD hasn't forgot about the other components on the card and have installed a fan on the card itself which looks great glowing in red.
Then we have the quality of the card. Every card at launch you're going to see will follow the reference design, and while that might not always sound glamorous, the reference design AMD is offering on the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB is fantastic. The quality of the shroud is excellent and the feel of the card is great. We hope that companies choose to do something special with the package and really highlight what is being offered here.
Having $1,499 to spend is one thing, but having $1,499 to spend on a video card is another. This card isn't going to be for everybody. It's really going to be for very few people and we don't doubt that the card is going to come in limited numbers and be sold out constantly with people having to have them on back order. In the end, though, it's for good reason - this card is a beast! AMD has done a fantastic job with it and we love it to bits. Dual GPU setups aren't for everyone, nor are $1,500 video cards, but if you're after some serious power, this beast of a video card should have your undivided attention.