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PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Review

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PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0, 1920x1080, 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

At both stock and overclocked speeds, PowerColor's R9 295X2 delivered excellent temperatures when under load. I was hoping for better-than-stock results, but not this good. The idle results when overclocked seemed high, but the added current has to be dissipated somewhere. Once the thermal load reaches the radiator, it is dissipated fairly well. I was surprised that the radiator was actually quite hot to the touch in both loaded scenarios. Additional fan capacity could help reduce this heat, but at the cost of added noise and cost to the consumer. A single, higher speed fan would trip the noise level and I find that AMD has given its partners a workable solution. Overall noise levels from PowerColor's R9 295X2 were not bad considering the fact that there is an AIO liquid cooler and a single fan on the card.




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