CrossFireX in a big way continues to not be a perfect technology, so much so that I don't think I could really bring myself to recommend someone spend $3,000 or more on a setup like this. When it comes to the single card solution, I continue to be a big fan of the model. Sure, it's expensive, but it's fast as hell, looks great, and is just the subject of so many geeks' wet dreams.
The worst thing is that when we see the configuration work perfectly, it's when it's not needed. Under games like Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2, and Dirt Showdown, we see fantastic gains over the single card setups. The problem is the single card setups are when the game offers perfectly playable FPS. We don't need the extra FPS that is offered when the second card is installed.
While we thought the issues may be related to the 4K resolution, trying to benchmark Hitman Absolution alongside some other benchmarks resulted in the same failure being seen. It really is quite unfortunate that these kind of issues continue to plague us. We would love to see games like Hitman, Sleeping Dogs, Nexuiz, and others make use of the power that this video card setup offers.
If you're in the market for a high-end setup, then a single R9 295X2 8GB continues to be an attractive option. Two single R9 290Xs, though, with their combined price of under $1,200, does continue to look better to most people. We're looking forward to making more use of our 4K monitor in the coming weeks, months, and years, hopefully with more success then we saw today.
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