Update: 4/8/14 3:05 p.m. ET: Maingear’s Shift, Force and Rush customization pages now include the option to outfit those systems with an AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card.
High-end PC maker Maingear has announced that they’re offering AMD’s beastly Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card with their lineup of desktop PCs right now. This includes the company’s Shift, Rush and Force models.
You can equip a Maingear Shift with a single Radeon R9 295X, while the firm’s Rush and Force rigs can accommodate dual R9 295X2 cards. In celebration of the 295X2’s release, Maingear also offers a special version of the Rush desktop, dubbed the Maingear Rush Vesuvius Edition, which supports up to two 295X2s, and wears a “Ferrari Red” finish on the case’s exterior. Vesuvius was the 295X2’s long-rumored code name, derived from the volcano of the same name that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii.
The Radeon R9 295X2 is a massive, double-GPU graphics card that delivers an incredible amount of power, according to our tests. The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is the most powerful graphics card on the market today, and makes single-card, high-performance 4K gaming possible. At this point in time, if you choose employ a card other than the 295X2 in your system, you’ll only be able to pull this off with a multiple graphics card setup.
The Maingear Shift starts at $1,849, while the Maingear Rush and Maingear Force start at $3,220.50 and $4,010.50, respectively. Meanwhile, the Maingear Rush Vesuvius Edition carries a price tag of $4,479. The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card by itself will set you back $1,499. That’s $100 more than a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards.
The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 will begin shipping with Maingear PCs later this month. However, as of this writing, you can only equip the Maingear Rush Vesuvius Edition with an AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. We reached out to Maingear, and they confirmed that you should be able to outfit the Shift, Rush, Force and Rush Vesuvius Edition with a 295X2 right now, and that they’re checking things on their side at the moment. We’ll update this article accordingly if Maingear provides us with any new information.
If you want to know whether the card is really worth such a large investment, you should check out our full review of the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. You can customize the Maingear Rush Vesuvius Edition here.