AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Video Card To Debut This Month

AMD has been teasing the launch of what we expect it their upcoming Dual-GPU AMD Radeon R9 295X2 for the past month (1, 2) and we are getting very close to the card being launched. Last month, we were picked up by a couple ‘secret agents’ and we were shown the card and given a briefing over the features. We can confirm that AMD’s Dual-GPU card that has the codename Vesuvius is 100% real and will be coming to market as the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The bad news is that we aren’t allowed to post any board pictures, specifications or pricing information. This means we can just show you pictures of the briefcase that we were first shown with the card and later sent.

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We were picked up by a couple secret agents in the San Francisco bay area last week and they were able give Legit Reviews some hands on time with the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card.

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We can’t show you the card, but we were given permission to blur out this image. It has been widely rumored that the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 will feature two Hawaii XT GPUs that are the GPU used on the Radeon R9 290X. Basically everything has been doubled, so you can expect to see 8GB of memory (4GB of GDDR5 memory per GPU). To keep all that cool it appears that AMD will  be using a closed-loop water cooler as that it what it takes to keep a ~500W card cool and quiet (or quiet enough).  Pricing has not been told and nothing about pricing has leaked out as of this morning. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z is priced at $2999 and we are fairly certain that this card will come in far less than that since it is aimed at gamers and not CUDA programmers.

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This is the briefcase that our AMD Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card arrived in. We were a bit shocked to see that there was nothing inside that mentioned the #2betterthan1 marketing campaign that has been used to tease the Radeon R9 295X2 over the past month.

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The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is expected to arrive on April 8th (if the leaks are right) and should be a heck of a card. It is clear that AMD aimed this card at those with 4K Ultra HD displays or AMD Eyefinity gaming setups.

We will have a full review of the card when the NDA lifts!

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  • Coach

    Nathan, I’m loving the build-up to this release! Great coverage! Be careful around those guys with the briefcase. I can’t wait until you guys are able to release more information on this card! :)

  • Terry Perry

    Play the card on WHAT most of the games are worthless or only a few hours long there is NO reason for this card until they come out some Really Good Games that play for days. Bio Shock is the only really good game with a lot of time on it and my 6950 blows through it. And it runs max out on my old AMD 940 4 core. You’ll need an I-7 to run this to it’s fullest then again on what Game there are NONE.

    • Jonathan Warren

      Obviously not a bit coin miner are you?

      • basroil

        No serious miner buys one of these when a custom ASIC does ten times more for half the price!

        • Juan in a million

          Johnathan more than likely was referring to some other script based coin rather than bitcoin, which would be effectively mined by a GPU given script ASICs do not exist.

          That said the cost benefit analysis of a card like this would make little economic sense to a miner anyway, so given these facts we can be pretty sure he has no idea what he is talking about.

          -Juan

        • Up2UrHeadlights

          Scrypt ASICs do exist. Look up the gridseed 5 chip.

        • TheGuyWhoCares

          Price per kh the ASICs are just about the same as GPUs. The advantage being GPUs can be used for other things and have resale value, the downside being they cost more to run per watt. I have some free power, so I run GPUs baby. All day long.

        • Learn2read

          kncminer announced 250mh miners so learn what your talking about.

        • TheGuyWhoCares

          They aren’t available yet. Learn what YOU’RE talking about. They say Q2 or Q3, which means probably not until January 2015. If you have $9000 to plunk on alt coin mining that you might be able to use next year, I’ve got a bridge somewhere I can sell you.

    • Juan In A Million

      Don’t be dense Terry.

      At higher resolutions such as 4k even SLI Titan systems struggle to get 60fps on current gen games at ultra settings.

      Also, your opinion as to what is worth playing is irrelevant. There are plenty of “Really Good Games that play for days” (sic) that have been released in the last year that could benefit from this type of horsepower at high resolutions, Arma3 and BF4 just to name 2.

      Also, whoever puts this card into an i5 system has more money than brains, but even then the CPU likely wouldn’t be a bottleneck.

      Get your head out of your ass before you speak next time, cause your post stinks.