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.
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.
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.
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.
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!