AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual Hawaii Graphics Card Features 1 GHz Core Clock and Hybrid Cooling – Announcement at GDC 2014?

Yesterday, AMD teased their upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card featuring Dual Hawaii cores by sending out Polaroid pictures to reviewers of different tech sites with a 'Two is better than one' tagline. It looks like dutch site bouweenpc has managed to obtain some critical details of AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 card.AMD Radeon R9 295X2

The card shot above is the Radeon HD 7990!

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual Hawaii Graphics Card Features 1 GHz Core Clock and Hybrid Cooling

I had mentioned in the previous leak yesterday that AMD may use a different naming scheme for the card and i had used the Radeon R9 290X2 as a place holder, turns out that it was true to some extent as the latest details name the card as Radeon R9 295X2. We do know that the card is codenamed Vesuvius which a is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. We said that the next generation AMD Dual-Chip Hawaii  graphics card will feature two Hawaii XT cores but we believed that the card would be underclocked if AMD were to manage the heat and power consumption of their Hawaii GPU core.

We suspected that AMD would use the full Hawaii GPU configuration which features 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units and 64 ROPs equating to a total of 5632 cores. But the new details mention a 1 GHz clock speed for the card which would mean bizarre amount of heat and power production from this graphics card so it could only possibly mean one of two things, either AMD is using the R9 290 variant of the Hawaii core which features 2560 Stream processors, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs or their Hybrid cooler design is that much effective to tone down the thermal levels of the card. I will still go with the second possibility since AMD managed to release the Radeon HD 7990 last year at 1 GHz clock speed with full Tahiti XT cores although that involved alot of waiting and a large cooler with triple fan design.

We still don't know how legit details might be and i advise to take them with a grain of salt hence ill be sticking with the older specifications in the chart given below:

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual Hawaii Graphics Card Comparison Chart:

  Radeon HD 6990 Radeon HD 7990 Radeon R9 295X2
GPU Codename Antilles New Zealand Vesuvius
GPU Process 40nm 28nm 28nm
GPU Cores 3200 SPs 4096 SPs 5632 SPs
Memory 2 GB GDDR5 x 2 3 GB GDDR5 x 2 4 GB GDDR5 x 2*
Memory Bus 256-bit x 2 384-bit x 2 512-bit x 2
Cooling Dual Slot Single Fan (Blower Type) Dual Slot Triple Fan Dual Slot Hybrid Cooler
Power Connectors 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
TDP 300W 375W 500W
Price $699 US $999 US ~$1499 US*

*Details mentioned are not indicative of the final product!

The cooler would be Hybrid which means it will involve both air and liquid cooling. This is a same implementation as ASUS which have released several cards over the last year adopting this design such as the ROG ARES II, ROG GTX 770 Poseidon and ROG GTX 780 Poseidon. The cooler may involve an independent Closed Loop All-In-One liquid cooler with an 120mm radiator that can be attached within a CPU case. The 120mm radiator would be equipped with single, dual or triple 120mm PWM controlled fans. This design will effectively help to keep the temperatures of the Radeon R9 295X2 in check. As for the power consumption, we are looking at a 375W or more for the card considering just how hungry the Hawaii GPU gets.

In terms of performance, we are looking at a legendary graphics card which will feature some decent scaling thanks to the XDMA CrossFire design implemented on the new cards and hopefully some optimized drivers would be available at launch too. The card would be place directly against the GeForce GTX 790 which will also launch in the upcoming months or possibly even earlier at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference on 15th March 2014. The Radeon R9 295X2 will possibly be announced at GDC 2014 behind closed doors. If you go back a year, you would know that the Radeon HD 7990 was also showcased at GDC (2013) where it was seen running the first single player showcase of DICE's Battlefield 4. The card was showcased behind closed doors but we managed to get information during that day and you can find our post here.

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