AMD teases upcoming dual-GPU Hawaii graphics card

By on March 14, 2014, 8:30 AM

It appears AMD is gearing up to launch a new high-end graphics card in the near future, sending out teasers to some members of the media this week. The "Top Secret" teaser envelopes contained a picture depicting two copies of the recipient, with a caption below saying "Wouldn't you agree that two is better than one?". The back of the image had the Twitter hashtag #2betterthan1.

The marketing campaign by AMD's PR department appears to be referring to a new dual-GPU graphics card. We've already seen the Radeon HD 7990 with two Tahiti dies on-board, so it makes sense that the next dual-GPU card would have two Hawaii dies.

VR-Zone reports this new graphics card will be called the Radeon R9 295 x2 and will feature two Hawaii XT dies, the very same GPUs used on the Radeon R9 290X. Other rumored specifications include 8 GB of memory, a cooler that can be used for either air or water cooling, and a two 8-pin PCIe power port requirement.

There's no word on exactly when AMD's new dual-GPU graphics card will be released, but some rumors point to April as a likely launch frame. AMD will have a presence at next week's Game Developer's Conference, where the future of Mantle and DirectX 12 will be detailed, but it's unlikely a hardware announcement will be made then.

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