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

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • srap
    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
    Price: $3000 due to crypto currency miners.Naming makes a bit of sense.
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  • sp00
    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
    Keep your eyes on it in case it sets your house ablaze.
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  • KosherGrimace
    Keep your eyes on it in case it sets your house ablaze.
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  • computernerdforlife
    Get your free space heater and killer graphics card all-in-one Wonder by ATI, I mean AMD.
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  • tului
    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
    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
    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
    $1500-2000 gg. GPU's...
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