As soon as select reviewers got the latest mystery suitcase from AMD, it was only a matter of time before we saw the first pictures of AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 295X2 dual-GPU Hawaii-based graphics cards. Chiphell.com was the first and we are sure that many more leaks will come soon.
While the steel briefcase was definitely an interesting pictures what lurks inside is definitely better as we can now see the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 in its full glory. In order to keep two 250W 28nm Hawaii GPUs cooled AMD decided to use an air+liquid hybrid cooler which features two GPU blocks connected to a single 120mm radiator. The center placed 90mm fan on the graphics card will most likely take care of the memory, VRM and PCIe bridge.
Specification wise, the Vesuvius, or simply the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is, as expected, based on two 28nm Hawaii GPUs connected via PLX PEX8747 PCIe bridge chip. Each of the GPUs pack 2816 Stream Processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs as well as the standard 512-bit memory interface paired up with 4GB of memory. Double everything up and you end up with 5632 Stream Processors, 352 TMUs, 128 ROPs, dual 512-bit memory interface and a total of 8GB of GDDR5 memory.
In order to keep both GPUs well fed with power, AMD has included two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. Unfortunately, Chiphell did not reveal any details regarding the actual clocks which will most likely be lower in order to keep the power consumption as well as the temperatures at bay.
According to early info, AMD could price this dual-GPU behemoth at around US $1,499, which will make it significantly cheaper than the Nvidia GTX Titan Z.
You can check out more pictures and details over at Chiphell.com.