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.