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AMD's Not-So-Subtle Hint at a Dual-Hawaii Graphics Card

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

This is a bit of a dead giveaway...

It is not a new rumor that AMD is working on a graphics card, possibly codenamed "Vesuvius." It is expected to feature two of AMD's Hawaii GPUs and might also be known as a Radeon R9 290X-X2, or such. The official naming hasn't been confirmed anywhere yet. Now, AMD has pulled off a rather interesting stunt, in which it not-so-subtly hints at a dual-GPU graphics card. It doesn't take a genius to figure out which that will be.

Our own Chris Angelini received an envelope the image below. The envelope was stamped 'Top Secret', and inside:

A brilliant move from AMD, assuming it was the sender, of course. Given that the origin of the package was Toronto-based, that's quite likely, though nowhere did it clearly state that it was from AMD. Or maybe Chris just has a creepy secret admirer.

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    Lutfij , March 14, 2014 6:11 PM
    I'd stick a fork in the secret admirer :) Back on topic, I wonder of the x2's prices will skyrocket once they are found to be THE best thing to own for virtual currency mining...? Makes you wonder huh?
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    brandonjclark , March 14, 2014 6:38 PM
    No doubt. AMD has forsaken its PC gamer base. Why not sell a "mining" line of products?
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    eklipz330 , March 14, 2014 6:56 PM
    prices are trickling back down, so we can all breathe a little
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    winningsince1337 , March 14, 2014 7:43 PM
    Sweet! Can't wait to get my new $1000 stove/space heater combo. It's an added bonus that it can render graphics too...
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    sancco , March 14, 2014 7:52 PM
    I like how they're gonna call it "Vesuvius". Name would be very fitting I imagine, as this thing will be blazingly hot.
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    meluvcookies , March 14, 2014 8:46 PM
    I'd settle for any of AMD's cards to actually be selling at their MSRP. I really wanted to buy a 270x. This post just makes me think: how about Nvidia giving us a dual 750ti with a 256-bit bus? Oh lawdy, that would be fun and efficient.
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    brisa117 , March 14, 2014 10:04 PM
    Clever marketing. Ryan Shrout from Pcper got one of these too.
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    jasonelmore , March 14, 2014 10:08 PM
    Quote:
    This post just makes me think: how about Nvidia giving us a dual 750ti with a 256-bit bus? Oh lawdy, that would be fun and efficient.
    if it had a 256 bit bus it would use over double the power
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    tului , March 14, 2014 11:22 PM
    Unfortunately prices will be driven through the roof by morons who got to the bitcoin mining party late and still want to make money. One thing I've wondered is does the increased cost get passed to AMD or is it all just retailers gouging and pocketing it all themselves?
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    TriBeard , March 14, 2014 11:28 PM
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    Unfortunately prices will be driven through the roof by morons who got to the bitcoin mining party late and still want to make money. One thing I've wondered is does the increased cost get passed to AMD or is it all just retailers gouging and pocketing it all themselves?
    It's all on the retailer's end. AMD, and even XFX, Saphire, etc don't really get any extra off of it. Newegg and the like are just having a field day, though as stated, prices are starting to come back down.
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    TobyStanley , March 15, 2014 2:09 AM
    So AMD has that much free time to make such silly picture?
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    ocosix , March 15, 2014 2:35 AM
    The key word is: driver

    If you can at least match green team with your Crossfire/dual graphic support across wide range of games in timely fashion, and smooth frame rates, then people will rave about it and buy more of your stuff and save yourself, otherwise save your marketing gimick.
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    Avus , March 15, 2014 5:07 AM
    Does this card comes with a separate ACU (Air Conditioning Unit)??
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    Steveymoo , March 15, 2014 9:38 AM
    I'm gonna be honest here - I really don't think you need this GPU, unless you're gaming at 4k or multi monitor eyefinity. Xfire BF4 just runs clunkier with 2 gpus at 1080p.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2014 1:39 PM
    I was hoping prices would come down a bit since in my area there is now stock in stores and AMD is not perpetually backordered, but to my amazement, even though they have small stock in, they have bumped up the prices of AMD video cards. I don't get it...I'm holding my breath waiting for prices to drop, but I am turning blue.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2014 1:41 PM
    Is that picture the cover of a wedding invitation or what. They look like 'more' than just good friends....if you know what I mean.
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    brandonjclark , March 15, 2014 3:48 PM
    BF4 doesn't need any help running clunkier.
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    ivanjoe , March 15, 2014 10:29 PM
    Turned out it was a secret admirer.
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    KaiserPhantasma , March 15, 2014 11:21 PM
    Dear AMDPlease fix the issue related to your driver especially mantle and the thing about the HUGE price spike as this fan of red might turn green in a few months and drag along a few friends...
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    Joao611 , March 16, 2014 4:54 AM
    Quote:
    I'd stick a fork in the secret admirer :) Back on topic, I wonder of the x2's prices will skyrocket once they are found to be THE best thing to own for virtual currency mining...? Makes you wonder huh?
    Not really. Two single R9 290X's would still be better for mining than this due to the extra heat, I assume.
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