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Report: AMD's Dual-Hawaii to be Called 295X2; Watercooled

By - Source: HiTechReview | B 21 comments

AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 might be even more insane that we anticipated.

HiTechReview has posted a name for the dual-Hawaii graphics card from AMD that's rumored to be coming soon. The name that it has posted is the Radeon R9 295X2. While there can be a lot of debate about whether this is accurate, it is the first name that's made it around the web intact, mostly unaltered by others.

In addition to the name, it also came to light that the GPUs aboard this card might actually be fully enabled with all 2,816 stream processors active, and all running at 1.0 GHz – essentially slapping two R9 290's on a single PCB. Of course, if this is true, it will require a rather hefty amount of power that is, in turn, translated into a lot of heat.

Reports indicate that AMD might be opting for a hybrid cooling design, which makes sense – we cannot possibly imagine that slapping heatsinks onto a graphics card of that caliber could possibly fit in most, if any, PC chassis. The hybrid cooling design would have memory and VRM cooling taken care of by small heatsinks over which a fan blows some air, while the mass of the heat from the two GPUs would be routed to a 120 mm water cooling radiator.

Are all, if any, of these rumors true, we wouldn't know, though it certainly sounds a bit too good to be true. Do be sure to take it all with a grain of salt. That an Asus' Ares III graphics card might pack this kind of punch would be believable, but we find it hard to believe for a reference board design.

There was no word on pricing yet, though it is expected to make its debut somewhere in the next few weeks.

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    srap , March 18, 2014 1:14 PM
    This is the first time I heard about a non-retailer liquid cooled GPU. Gotta keep my eyes on this one O.O
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    falchard , March 18, 2014 1:31 PM
    Price: $3000 due to crypto currency miners.Naming makes a bit of sense.
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    sp00 , March 18, 2014 1:40 PM
    This is probably going to sit pretty high on the crypto mining list. As long as this board is cheaper than buying 2 r9-290 gpus.
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    KosherGrimace , March 18, 2014 2:01 PM
    Keep your eyes on it in case it sets your house ablaze.
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    KosherGrimace , March 18, 2014 2:06 PM
    Keep your eyes on it in case it sets your house ablaze.
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    computernerdforlife , March 18, 2014 2:13 PM
    Get your free space heater and killer graphics card all-in-one Wonder by ATI, I mean AMD.
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    tului , March 18, 2014 3:07 PM
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    Price: $3000 due to crypto currency miners.Naming makes a bit of sense.
    I hope they all die in a fire...caused by the cards they have driven the prices up on.
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    frank the tank , March 18, 2014 4:44 PM
    the new Hawaii GPUs kind of remind me of the first gen Fermi Nvidia cards. but i hope those blasted miners don't drive the prices up. I have never heard of a REFERENCE watercooled video card before.
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    usbgtx550 , March 18, 2014 4:46 PM
    I believe script miners are out now, so by the time this comes out mining based inflation shouldn't be a large concern.
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    ohyouknow , March 18, 2014 4:55 PM
    $1500-2000 gg. GPU's...
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    billgatez , March 18, 2014 5:15 PM
    The cost of the card and the cost of power will keep me away from this card.
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    firefoxx04 , March 18, 2014 7:34 PM
    Shut up about the miners already. Miners dont want watercooled anything. Air cooling is predictable. That is why pretty much everything mission critical is air cooled. Miners run 24/7 non stop as long as they can.
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    edmoncu , March 18, 2014 8:49 PM
    It'll be initially on sale to areas affected by the polar vortex to balance climate change...
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    qlum , March 19, 2014 3:19 AM
    And there we have it GPU and room heater all in one.
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    Drejeck , March 19, 2014 5:03 AM
    Put inside a FX9000 and you'll see your town blacking out as you turn on the rig. Liquid cooled, yes, with a Scania intercooler!
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    childofthekorn , March 19, 2014 8:26 AM
    Wonder if they took care of the frame pacing issues with GPU's on the same PCB. I know they took care of the frame pacing issues with newer graphics that are NOT using the XFire bridge. Now we play the waiting game.
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    icemunk , March 19, 2014 12:02 PM
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    And there we have it GPU and room heater all in one.
    Us people in Northern climates actually do that. My mining machine heats the room it is in throughout the winter, I just shut the electric heaters off and it does all the work.
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    rwinches , March 20, 2014 3:22 AM
    I heard it uses stacked GPUs as a space saving feature, plus an auxiliary power supply that fits in a 3.5 drive slot.
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    qlum , March 20, 2014 11:24 AM
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    And there we have it GPU and room heater all in one.
    Us people in Northern climates actually do that. My mining machine heats the room it is in throughout the winter, I just shut the electric heaters off and it does all the work.


    I notice it myself, when I run my pc with a decent oc in the winter I never need my heating, still while its a very efficient heater getting it to produce just the right amount of heat is doable but yea the heat from your pc is still useful in the winter.
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    rRansom , March 21, 2014 2:31 PM
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    I notice it myself, when I run my pc with a decent oc in the winter I never need my heating, still while its a very efficient heater getting it to produce just the right amount of heat is doable but yea the heat from your pc is still useful in the winter.
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    You need to game as hard as you can on your computer to keep yourself warm. Sounds cool. :) 
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