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AMD has unveiled a massively powerful, water-cooled graphics card that it says "manhandles today's and tomorrow's games in maximum settings at 4K resolution." AMD R9 295X2 graphics card with cooling system Two fans and a closed-loop cooling system keep the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 from melting down "The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 …

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Damn it...

Time for an upgrade!

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500W

enough said

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green sc..

According to Green500 (June 2012) list BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C runs at 2.100 Gflops/W.

Using the marketing number of 11000Gflops/500W, ~ 22Gflops/W, and it can sit on your desk....!

There of course, is the whole thorny issue of drivers and applications (OpenCL vs CUDA) etc.....

P.

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Gaming.... ?? Nahhh

Litecoin mining!!!!

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Holy crap..

I'll bet that runs Crysis!

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Re: Holy crap..

Yes. Average 28fps at 4k rez so its certainly a new day.

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For people who don't get laid.

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I don't see why rumpy-pumpy and gpus don't mix?

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Re: For people who don't get laid.

You must have very unusually-shaped bodily orifices.

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Re: For people who don't get laid.

Mini-displayport sized?

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Re: For people who don't get laid.

My comment above was for Belardi, not Destroy All Monsters (though it works for both!).

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what more can a gamer ask for?

How bout good stable drivers? I keep seeing reports of people having issues with AMD drivers.. Maybe they fixed them for the most part by now. I have been a Nvidia user since 1999 or so (for the most part Linux exclusive). Very few issues for me on nv over the years. I hear NV has issues too on linux at least on some bleeding edge systems (my desktop+laptop runs Ubuntu 10.04 with 2.6 kernel still). I do have one Radeon at home (onboard graphics) though all it does is a picture slide show (though it is stable at doing that - I did install the proprietary drivers on Linux in order to get HDMI audio working through the card)

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At 500 watts it needs to be asked, when do we start seeing GPU mainboards with a PCIe like slot for the low power peripherals, you know like the CPU, memory, etc?

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Power & Cooling

@Eddy Ito - It's an interesting proposition. Build around the GPU rather than the CPU.

I like the fact that AMD have thought a bit about cooling and keeping the card quiet, often just a big noisy fan is the only cooling.

It would be interesting if the card's cooling system can be integrated with liquid case cooling setups, taking the liquid from the card to the case liquid cooling box rather than the GPU's cooling box. If so, using this as the base for cooling the CPU and memory would make for an interesting design.

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Are you an "ultra-enthusiast at the apex of PC gaming?"

At 1500 USD for the title? No.

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Gigantomania

GTX 750 TI works just fine...

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Re: Gigantomania

Have to agree my days of bankrupting myself are long gone and so are my eyes (Can't see 1080p on monitor so have 720p as getting glasses every ther year is also expensive)

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I want three running in CrossFire mode so I can play Far Cry 3 on my 4K TV.

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"I want three running in CrossFire mode so I can play Far Cry 3 on my 4K TV."

Time to upgrade your house-to-grid connection.

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To be fair, if this thing eats around 500W, three of them eat 1500W - and there's nothing particularly remarkable about that in a domestic power context...

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Bah!

Agreed, but you will be powering all this (plus the "peripheral CPU") for a damn sight longer than your kettle.

Visions of Clark Griswold's electricity meter (Christmas Vacation) are dancing before my eyes.

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"To be fair, if this thing eats around 500W, three of them eat 1500W"

I was being (mostly) facetious. But....total system power including PSU efficiency will be around 2.5 kW, before your screen (say another 300W). So like having a 3 kW fan heater on without thermostatic control. Use that in a room for any length of time and you'd need powered cooling anytime other than having a window open in a fairly cold winter. If the cooling system is aircon then you'd be consuming 7.5kWe to dump 2.5 KWth, making for 10kW continuous demand (in the UK average consumption is about 1kW - peaks are higher, but this system could still push the peak up by double.

Or you could use a very powerful (250W?) fan to change the air in the room. 2.7kW is still two and half times the average UK usage and the fan might not be as effective as you hope (because it is surprisingly difficult to actually clear the volume of air in a room by a fan). It'd be like sitting inside your PC.

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Oh, when you put it like that, sure. I just assumed the water blocks were chained up and plugged into the house's water boiler and you just take frequent hot baths...

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Nothing *particularly* remarkable, except that the only appliances in my house that eat more than 500W are the ones with heating elements in them. In other words, they were designed specifically to warm stuff up.

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Can it do PowerPoint slides?

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In the meantime...

NVidia 8800GT FTW!

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"NVidia 8800GT FTW!"

You've still got one that hasn't burnt out? Marvellous cards, but not exactly a long lived beast IME.

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Diminshing returns

It does whet my technolust, but I've an HD7970 that floats my boat nicely.

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Re: Diminshing returns

I'm running a 7770 and it's doing me fine.

That said, I recently watched some playthrouigh of Metro Last Light, and as it's on Linux, I think my birthday present to myself this year might be a slightly newer GPU, now that the current crop of fast-as-feck and low power (in comparison to previous GPUs in watts-per-FPS terms) cards seem to have hit real world (IE sub £200) prices.

Don't think it'll be this though, seeing as the only other games I really play are half Life and Serious Sam 3, natch.

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Re: Diminshing returns

I just dropped £50 for an R7 (having previously had a 5450, though that had to be hijacked for a new Esxi box I was building). And I thought that was pushing the boat out somewhat!

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I have an x1950 Pro. It's done me well but it's starting to show it's age in the latest (and not so latest) stuff. But I rarely game any longer not entirely sure I will upgrade with anything > £60 when I get around to it as it's simply not worth it for my habit any more. $1500 is simply insane, that's more than my entire system cost when assembled back in 2007

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Piss off, period.

That is all.

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I'd like one, but I'd also like a 458 Italia. The chances of getting either in the near future are equally likely.

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AMD claims 500watts, but most tests show single 290x's pulling more like 300 watts so this card most likely in the end will eat closer to 600watts. 2x8pin's per specs are 150watts each (they can do more but still)

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Anandtech tested it in their standard overclocked i7 test rig, total system draw at load was under 700W under either gaming or Furmark (which was the only thing that made it throttle).

Given that an OC'd i7 can draw 90w by itself, I'd say the 500W figure is pretty much on the nose.

oh, and idle power draw for the system? Under 100W.

We've come a long way, baby...

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Somewhere, rich pro and amateur gamers are reading this and getting a stiffy for some AMD Love...

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My girlfriend would be interested in the worlds fastest, period.

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I have to say only this: 3000$ for a VGA?! LOL LOL and some more LOL

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not gaming...

I'd like to run Photoshop without a built-in coffee break!

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@ Acme Fixer - Re: not gaming...

Sorry, but there is no hardware solution for Photoshop or Lightroom. Specially not for CC.

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Re: @ Acme Fixer - not gaming...

"Sorry, but there is no hardware solution for Photoshop or Lightroom. Specially not for CC."

eh ?

yes there is: most modern graphics cards. including this one.

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html

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@ stu4 - Re: @ Acme Fixer - not gaming...

CC. CS?

How much happens on the GPU? Tried it?

Sigh. Nevermind.

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Re: @ stu4 - @ Acme Fixer - not gaming...

"CC. CS?

How much happens on the GPU? Tried it?

Sigh. Nevermind."

yes. every day.

lots.

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@ stu4 - getting interested

So you're saying that PS and LR really heavily profit from a supported GPU? I had given up on that idea...

Not meant sarky, I'm genuinely interested in your findings there.

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Re: not gaming...

Try gimp!

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500W

But does it need a cooling system flush every 20k watts?

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Yes but does it play...

....PONG?

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I'll stick with Sudoku on my phone.

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Pondering an upgrade..

One of the boxes here that i use as gateway/firewall and simple surfing has a venerable

Voodoo 3 .. One day ill change ( maybe ) but like for anything else the use drives the purchase. Nice card for those that can afford it but afaic , 4k can go to hell. Ill wait till all my gear is borked and 8k or 16k is in . The video quality difference between 1080 and 4k does not warrant shelving gear.

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