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Rumor: Radeon R9-290X-X2 to Bring Double the Hawaii?

By - Source: VR-Zone | B 107 comments

If this rumor is true, we'll be getting even more 'nuclear GPU' jokes.

This is madness, almost on a level we haven't seen before, though that wouldn't be entirely accurate. Now, before I let myself write anything more, I do want to warn you: This is a rumor, from a sometimes questionable site, who in turn claims to have gotten the information from a non-disclosed source. That said, we do hope that there is some truth to this.

Here it goes: According to the Chinese section of VR-Zone, a reliable source has told them that AMD is planning to make a dual-Hawaii XT graphics card. Now, for those of you who don't know, the Hawaii XT GPU is the same one that is used in AMD's current flagship Radeon R9-290X. If this is true, we might be looking at a card with up to 5632 stream processors, 128 ROPs, and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory (4 per GPU), along with a dual 512-bit memory interface, which will be marketed as a 1024-bit memory interface.

While it remains uncertain what the real name will be, it is rumored that the AIBs are going with Vesuvius, named after the only active volcano in Europe. The model number is rumored to be 'Radeon R9-290X2,' though this could be interpreted as either a dual-290X, or a dual 290.

Unfortunately, that is where the rumor ends. Little more is known so far, and we have no idea when more information will surface, if at all.

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    shadow_city , November 22, 2013 4:10 PM
    This might be the first time a reference design comes with a water block
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    s3anister , November 22, 2013 3:54 PM
    I'm just seriously wondering how they'll handle the card's thermal envelope with two GPUs on the same board. I'd imagine to get good results it's going to need a water block.
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    s3anister , November 22, 2013 3:54 PM
    I'm just seriously wondering how they'll handle the card's thermal envelope with two GPUs on the same board. I'd imagine to get good results it's going to need a water block.
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    anort3 , November 22, 2013 3:55 PM
    China Syndrome edition! :p 
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    Parsian , November 22, 2013 3:57 PM
    It uses lasers to cool it down.
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    kenyee , November 22, 2013 4:08 PM
    turns your PC into Lava :-)
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    shadow_city , November 22, 2013 4:10 PM
    This might be the first time a reference design comes with a water block
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    Gam3r01 , November 22, 2013 4:15 PM
    If this is remotely true, they better work on their reference coolers first! The ones on the 290 will obviously not work, and the 3 fan reference not so much either.
    If this is true and they can deal with the thermal issues that should end the era of dual gpu cards form AMD being sub par.
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    itzsnypah , November 22, 2013 4:46 PM
    This has to be fake. Even if you have binned god chips laying around somewhere you are still going to have a 400w+ card.
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    pjmelect , November 22, 2013 4:48 PM
    Quote "Vesuvius, named after the only active volcano in Europe. This is not true, there are many active volcanoes in Europe such as mount Etna for example. .http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/europe.html
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    catswold , November 22, 2013 4:48 PM
    Videocardz reported on this rumor a week ago. The first comment posted a hilarious imagined picture of the card.

    http://videocardz.com/47990/amd-radeon-vesuvius-two-hawaii-xt-gpus-making
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    Gam3r01 , November 22, 2013 5:03 PM
    Quote:
    This has to be fake. Even if you have binned god chips laying around somewhere you are still going to have a 400w+ card.


    If someone had the money and desire for such a card, the 400+ watts would not be an issue.
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    Immaculate , November 22, 2013 5:04 PM
    Yea its been on techpowerup's GPU database for around a week it seems like now.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/2523/radeon-r9-290x-dual.html
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 22, 2013 6:32 PM
    Unless there are major process improvements, it's not going to happen... too much power / heat for one board to handle.

    IB
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    Onihikage , November 22, 2013 7:20 PM
    Well, these are supposed to be the "Volcanic Islands" series...
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    Haserath , November 22, 2013 7:23 PM
    Two 800Mhz 290 cores with slightly slower memory should fit well into a 300W envelope. Needs a cooling solution that can handle that!
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    bgunner , November 22, 2013 7:24 PM
    now because these are pretty much the remake of tahiti chips wont the 290 x2 just be a glorified 7990?
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    bgunner , November 22, 2013 7:26 PM
    Sry got confused between the 280 and the 290 my bad
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    eddieroolz , November 22, 2013 8:44 PM
    If true this is a whole new level of cooking an egg!
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    itzsnypah , November 22, 2013 9:20 PM
    Quote:
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    This has to be fake. Even if you have binned god chips laying around somewhere you are still going to have a 400w+ card.


    If someone had the money and desire for such a card, the 400+ watts would not be an issue.

    I meant cooling solution wise. All of AMD official dual-chip cards have only shipped with reference coolers. Given AMD's track record with reference coolers being very poor I doubt they could even produce a dual-slot cooler capable of efficiently cooling 400W+.
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