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Where are the AMD Vesuvius with two Hawaii XT GPUs?

Where are the AMD Vesuvius with two Hawaii XT GPUs?

February 8, 2014 4:06 pm0 comments

We know that NVIDIA plans to launch its next dual-GPU graphics card, the GeForce GTX 790, sometime between February and March this year.

AMD ‘s answer should be the rumored AMD Vesuvius and two GPUs Hawaii XT (R9 290x), but since November, aside from some rumors, we have not heard anything. How long will we have to wait for the response from AMD?

Both NVIDIA GTX 700 series and the new generation of Hawaii AMD (Radeon R7 and R9) have been in the market for a while, and it seemed that neither company wanted to take the step to present the dual GPU solution both companies had some time working on. NVIDIA will apparently be the first one to do it, because we know that they soon will launch the GeForce GTX 790 with two GK110 GPUs, so it’s expected that AMD will soon respond. However, like we said: we know absolutely nothing since November about the rumored AMD Vesuvius.

The Hawaii XT PCB features 5632 Stream Processors, 352 TMUs and 128 ROPs, in addition to 8 GB of GDDR5 memory (2 x 4 GB). We think AMD is taking so long for the two following reasons:

  • Location of the RAM chips: having so many RAM chips, AMD may be having problems allocating them on the PCB. This may lead to heating problems.
  • Temperature problems: If the R9 290x and R9 290 have temperature problems (remember that they underclock themselves to preserve a temperature of 95 °C), I do not even want to imagine what will be needed to cool two GPUs. It is possible that AMD is having trouble finding a cooling solution that suits their needs.

Now that the NVIDIA GTX 790 are virtually confirmed, we think AMD should present the Vesuvius as soon as possible.

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