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    Default Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

    Back in January, NVIDIA leaked specs for their GTX 790, a new dual GPU card. Now, AMD is doing the same. The last time AMD and NVIDIA*went rounds in this market, it was*a one sided fight*with NVIDIA*getting the first release, and*AMD getting*in the ring so late that everyone had already gone home. This time around, AMD has announced*a new*dual GPU chip, only shortly after NVIDIA,*called the R9 295 X2. As expected, the specs on both of these cards look pretty monstrous. Some frequencies have been tuned back a tad to compensate for the two chips, but what’s really interesting is the architecture choices.

    In spite of everyone’s excitement about Maxwell, NVIDIA*chose to keep to the GK110 GPUs in the 790. While it’s obvious that Maxwell still needs some time in development, it also seems like the perfect choice with the heat and power efficiency performance seen in a dual GPU card. While it might be worth the wait, AMD has Hawaii architecture coming to their dual GPU card now. And if bitcoin miners loved the performance of the R9 290X, there is no doubt the R9 295 X2 will be an instant success. As it is, Hawaii architecture has already made great strides in the gaming market and if it wasn’t for mining inflating the prices, AMD would be the top pick for many gamers.

    If everyone*comes to see*the fight, it’s good to know both competitors showed up this time around. Another exciting thing about these releases is the future of dual GPU cards. Right now these devices are only for those who have the pocketbooks deep enough to handle them. Five years down the road, however, dual GPU cards could be the norm for the hardware enthusiast. True, we may never be rid of single chip cards on the market and in PCs, but this writer hopes to see the day (and soon) when any mid to high budget GPU is actually a dual GPU. The more AMD and NVIDIA*duke it out, the more*that possibility will become reality.

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/gr...i-gpus-report/


    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gtx-titan-black-edition-790,25839.html


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    Default Re: Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

    I agree that dual GPU cards will become more mainstream in the future. Whether they are low cost or not remains to be seen. I hope so,........Imagine a dual 770Ti card at an affordable price.

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    Default Re: Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

    The 295X is a video card? Damn.....looking at the specs I thought it was a new space heater design.

    But in reality, I question whether or not a 295X can work without a full cover block or an air setup that looks like two NH-D14s hanging off it. That much heat in that much space would have Powertune throttling it to nothing. Getting one 290 chip cool was hard enough, putting two on a board could wind up being a very counterproductive exercise.

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    If they build it, we will come,.....................
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    Default Re: Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    If they build it, we will come,.....................
    That is kind of an unfortunate truth.....

    If they released a 295X that had no control over the heat, which left it continually downclocked to the point where it could only run games at half the fps of a 290X....we would all still be hearing "it's supposed to do that because moar bestest Powertune!!!!!!".

    Though I really like your idea of a dual 770 Ti.

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    Default Re: Dual GPU Cards Fighting for Dominance Once More

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    Though I really like your idea of a dual 770 Ti.
    Yep, it's an untapped idea that they need to think about. Costs could be kept down to a low roar and performance would be quite nice.
    The heat wouldn't be an insurmountable force to contend with, and they ~just might~ be able to OC both of them a little. (instead of downclocking them)

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