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PowerColor's Air-Cooled R9 295X2 Revealed

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It looks like PowerColor is building an air-cooled R9 295X2 graphics card.

We already know that AMD has built a very solid graphics card with its new R9 295X2. This card is a very impressive piece of hardware, as it carries two fully-enabled Hawaii GPUs, both of which can run at speeds of over 1.0 GHz. AMD has kept this cool with a hybrid cooling solution that uses both air and water.

Now though, there is a report on a Chinese website with pictures of an alternate cooling system for the R9 295X2. It doesn't involve water or anything else that's special; it is cooled fully by air.  Pictured is the PowerColor R9 295X2 Devil13.

This card carries a triple fan cooler with three 10 cm fans that push air through a very large aluminum fin array. Moreover, the card appears to be powered by four 8-pin PCIe power connectors, specifying the card to be able to zip up to a tremendous 675 W, though it likely won't use that much.

No word on when the card will come out, though hopefully, we'll come across it at Computex 2014 to see it in action.

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    surda , May 9, 2014 1:56 PM
    this card gonna be sooo hot that you wont even need a heater in your house
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    shogunofharlom , May 9, 2014 2:30 PM
    Some junky may try to steal your card just for the aluminum on it alone. Hide your kids, Hide your wife.
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    patrick47018 , May 9, 2014 2:37 PM
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    Some junky may try to steal your card just for the aluminum on it alone. Hide your kids, Hide your wife.


    http://youtu.be/EzNhaLUT520?t=1m
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    helper800 , May 9, 2014 2:54 PM
    Looks like this card will probably be cheaper than the current one, so you could buy it and put a custom water block on it and might break even with the price of the AMD one.
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    ingtar33 , May 9, 2014 5:21 PM
    so... power color made a r9-295x2 which will temp throttle? Shouldn't that be the headline? and 4x8pin connectors? Ambitious on the overclocks they'll get with that air cooling system aren't they?
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    catswold , May 9, 2014 5:32 PM
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    this card gonna be sooo hot that you wont even need a heater in your house
    The total amount of heat added to your household will be the same whether the dual Hawaii cards are liquid cooled or air cooled.

    I will wait and see before I condemn this beast. It may be that a triple slot air cooler will be sufficient . . . not likely seeming, but possible.
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    Amdlova , May 9, 2014 7:34 PM
    this card will fit on bitfenix prodigy ?
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    Amdlova , May 9, 2014 8:36 PM
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    LMAO, 4X 8 Pin Power Connectors. This really shows how AMD is trying to brute force its way over Nvidia. Using double the Power and producing double the heat, "but hey, we made a fast gpu" good job amd


    i think you dind't see the point. you never will touch de 4x8 pin power on air or water but with some nitrogen hellium or other type will hit hard and this card will be the fastest single pcb on earth...
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    shogunofharlom , May 10, 2014 2:47 AM
    It's the gpu BATMAN uses.
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    redgarl , May 10, 2014 3:45 AM
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    this card gonna be sooo hot that you wont even need a heater in your house


    It's great in Winter >:p 
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    redgarl , May 10, 2014 3:47 AM
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    so... power color made a r9-295x2 which will temp throttle? Shouldn't that be the headline? and 4x8pin connectors? Ambitious on the overclocks they'll get with that air cooling system aren't they?
    That heatsink is 3 layer thick. I would give it a chance first.
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    cst1992 , May 10, 2014 3:51 AM
    I don't think any aircooled system is capable of handling 600W of power(considering they're gearing up for 675).
    Also, they could've done with 3 8 pin connectors for 525W of power consumption.
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    rohitbaran , May 10, 2014 11:33 AM
    That's one beefy looking card.
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    ingtar33 , May 10, 2014 4:03 PM
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    LMAO, 4X 8 Pin Power Connectors. This really shows how AMD is trying to brute force its way over Nvidia. Using double the Power and producing double the heat, "but hey, we made a fast gpu" good job amd


    this has nothing to do with AMD... this is a non-reference version of that GPU, this is Power Color's baby. This is no different then the "kingpin" edition of the 780ti... that's not nvidia's doing, thats an EVGA non-reference version of the 780ti.
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    Blazer1985 , May 10, 2014 7:18 PM
    Better bolt your pc to the floor, this card looks like a (badass) quadcopter! :-)
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    Shrikant Venkatesh , May 11, 2014 1:51 AM
    Is it just me or are the fan blades on that thing shaped weirdly??? like it is supposed to be pulling air, not pushing?!
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    helper800 , May 11, 2014 3:08 PM
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    LMAO, 4X 8 Pin Power Connectors. This really shows how AMD is trying to brute force its way over Nvidia. Using double the Power and producing double the heat, "but hey, we made a fast gpu" good job amd
    Nvidia's GK110 die size is a little bit more than 28% larger than AMD's Hawaii XT yet Nvidia comes away with only 5-10% more performance in most games. For reference the die sizes are as follows in mm^2: GK110 561, Hawaii XT 438. More like Nvidia brute forcing its way onto AMD if you aks me...

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    catswold , May 11, 2014 4:08 PM
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    LMAO, 4X 8 Pin Power Connectors. This really shows how AMD is trying to brute force its way over Nvidia. Using double the Power and producing double the heat, "but hey, we made a fast gpu" good job amd
    Nvidia's GK110 die size is a little bit more than 28% larger than AMD's Hawaii XT yet Nvidia comes away with only 5-10% more performance in most games. For reference the die sizes are as follows in mm^2: GK110 561, Hawaii XT 438. More like Nvidia brute forcing its way onto AMD if you aks me...

    Except that the NVidia solutions run at lower power and cooler than AMD. Thus if one were to pick one design that is being "brute forced," it would be the one that is having to work harder to achieve equal performance.

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    outlw6669 , May 11, 2014 10:51 PM
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    Is it just me or are the fan blades on that thing shaped weirdly??? like it is supposed to be pulling air, not pushing?!


    No, it is not just you.
    I was thinking the exact same thing after seeing the photos.

    This definitely looks like a beastly cooler.
    With the R9 295X2's 75°C ceiling, I doubt it will be a quiet card; but that cooler looks like it can keep temps in check at least.

    Nothing I will ever be able to afford, but I am still interested in seeing benchmarks for it!
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