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OverclockersUK ‘Infinity Vesuvius’ R9 295X2 QuadXFire System review

Rating: 9.0.

KitGuru review a range of gaming systems every month, from penny pinching £500 builds to wallet sapping £3,000 beasts. Today we take a look at one of the latest high end systems from etailer OverclockersUK. This £4,000 monster features a watercooled, overclocked Core i7 4770k, an Asus Z87 Extreme motherboard, 16GB of fast DDR3 memory and not one, but two AMD R9 295X2 graphics cards running in Quad Crossfire. If you are in the market for a new Ultra HD 4K monitor is this the gaming system you should be shortlisting?

£4,000? Say what? Well much of the price of the “Infinity Vesuvius” system is related to the cost of the lightning quick R9 295X2 graphics cards. If you read our launch review of the R9 295X2 then you will already know just how powerful they are. Do you really need two of them when gaming at 4K? Today we aim to find out.

OverclockersUK “Infinity Vesuvius” Specifications.

  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D Tower Case
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K Haswell (Socket 1150) Quad Core, Eight Thread Processor Overclocked to at least 4.6GHz
  • Motherboard: Asus Z87 Maximus VI Extreme (Socket 1150) ATX Motherboard
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) at 2200MHz Dual Channel Kit
  • Graphics: 2 x AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8192MB Graphics Cards in Quad Crossfire
  • Cooling: Corsair H105 Closed Loop Water Cooler
  • Primary Drive: Samsung 840 Evo Series 250GB Solid State Drive (Options Available)
  • Secondary Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA-III Hard Drive (Options Available)
  • Tertiary Hard Drive: Optional
  • Optical Drive: Optional
  • Audio: 7.1 Channel HD Audio with SPDIF I/O
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-Bit (Options Available)
  • Power Supply: Silverstone Strider “80+ Silver” 1500W Power Supply

Without question, no one in their right mind would be buying this system to play games on a 1080p monitor. As we have said many times before, a R9 280X or single R9 290 is more than enough for playing the latest Direct X 11 titles at 1920×1080.

Pondering the “Infinity Vesuvius” for 1080p gaming is akin to buying a Ferrari to get to the local supermarket for a pint of milk.
If you want to own a system with two R9 295X2’s, then you need to get a new Ultra HD 4K monitor because even gaming at 2560×1600 will suffer from CPU limiting in specific titles. For our review today, we are using an Asus PQ321QE Ultra HD 4K screen running at 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution. We would like to thank ASUS for their support in getting this monitor last year – KitGuru was one of the first publications to use an Ultra HD 4K monitor in high end graphics card reviews. With 4K panel price drops already hitting hard in 2014, it was nice to be at least 6 months ahead of the curve.

Make no mistake 4K gaming is the future.

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  • Harris

    I just wet myself with excitment. I love these crazy builds – ill never own one, so reading about it, is the next best thing !

  • Eran

    Dear lord, a 1,500 watt power supply ! my own system which I thought was good is just hiding in the corner of the room crying like a little girl.

    Those 3dMARK scores are insane. wtf is about all I can say.

  • James

    What would this be like over 3 1920×1080 displays (eyefinity)?

  • Zak

    Where do they got money ? i just have an 200$ or 150$ laptop 🙁 and thanks god that i have one).

  • LtMatt

    Amazing performance from the 295×2. I’m impressed.

  • I just impressed with its resolution. 3840 x 2160! Your eyes!!! Ehem…

  • Rich

    Ill be using this pc over the coming days using a paltry 5760×1080, will report back with some results.

  • Hi Rich – very envious! Let us know how you get on 🙂

  • Rich

    Can honestly say this system runs absolutely everything at maximum graphical settings. I have to run an FPS limiter to match my 3 x monitors refresh rates in order to run titles without CPU limiting. It’s quiet, like really quiet considering the horsepower inside. One downside is the heat the system produces after a gaming session. So hot in fact I had to buy an airconditioning unit to cool the room down, still at maximum power the cpu and graphics temperatures never breach 65 degrees Celsius. It looks sweet too, the GPu’s automatically light up when in use, and turn off in idle mode. I’ll give this system a very commendable 9/10 purely down to heat, everything else is Great!

  • Kalijaga

    Congrats on wonderful system, Rich. I have my own cheaper setup using old rig, and ghetto mods on a HafX chassis to exhaust both cards hot air front and back. In my place where amb temp run at about 30-33C I am hitting 72-73C on BF4. If only we have winters here, this rig could be a good heater!!!

  • ballsaq

    What a waste, the 4770 doesn’t even have enough pci-e lanes to run two cards in full x16 mode

  • Ashaira

    because there is no card that need pcie 3.0 x16. x8 is enough for anything out right now.