AMD HAS LAUNCHED what it claims is "the world's fastest and most powerful graphics card", the Radeon R9 295X2, which has been designed for "ultra-enthusiasts" engaged in high-speed PC gaming at 4K resolution.
The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 joins two Radeon R9 Series GPUs in one graphics card using AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
Touted as an "industry first", AMD's new graphics card boasts a closed-loop, pre-assembled and maintenance-free liquid cooling system.
"Developed jointly with Asetek, users can expect cool temperatures, quiet operation and consistent performance from the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card right out of the box," AMD said.
Due to the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card enables gamers to experience high-performance video games with Mantle, a tool for alleviating CPU bottlenecks, such as API overhead and inefficient multi-threading.
Mantle, which is basically AMD's answer to Directx, allows systems with entry-level, midrange or otherwise modestly-priced processors to see improvements in graphics processing performance.
Running at 11.5 TFLOPS, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 has 5,632 stream processors with 8GB of memory and two 512bit memory interfaces.
"A new level of audio immersion is made possible by AMD Trueaudio technology, which brings surround sound to any stereo headset," AMD said. "With a dedicated audio processor on the GPUs, the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card delivers a richer and deeply immersive soundscape."
The card also offers AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology.
The Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card will be available later this month at a starting price of $1,499, about £900.
Last month, Nvidia launched what it called the "most powerful graphics card ever", the Geforce GTX Titan Z, a graphics card built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory, engineered for next generation 4K displays and multi-monitor gaming.
Expected to arrive sometime in April, the Geforce GTX Titan Z GPU has 5,760 cores, 12GB of memory and eight TFLOPS performance. Unlike traditional dual-GPU cards, its twin GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speed with dynamic power balancing, so neither GPU creates a performance bottleneck. µ