Tuesday, November 26th 2013

Hawaii-based Dual-GPU Graphics Card Codenamed "Vesuvius"

AMD is serious about putting two 6.2 billion-transistor "Hawaii" GPUs onto a single board, in a future dual-GPU graphics card it reportedly codenamed "Vesuvius," after the famous volcanic peak just off the coast of Naples. The card will feature two "Hawaii" GPUs with core configurations that are unknown at this point, but the source suggests it's in the maxed out "XT" configuration. AMD could, of course tinker with clock speeds, compared to the GHz-range Radeon R9 290X. We can't even imagine how AMD will handle power and thermals, given how its handling of the two on the R9 290X has been less than exemplary.

Source: VR-Zone
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32 Comments on Hawaii-based Dual-GPU Graphics Card Codenamed "Vesuvius"

#1
swirl09
"codenamed "Vesuvius," after the famous volcanic peak just off the coast of Naples."

At least they were kind enough to give people the heads up.
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#2
radrok
There could be a way to dissipate 450W+ with an air cooling solution, they did it with the 6990 albeit being very noisy.

There's a catch though, it's going to be one of these : noisy or expensive.

I suppose they could just partner with a waterblock manufacturer and ship this thing with a waterblock on it.

CLC could be a solution too, like ASUS did with their dual 7970.

Anyway I smell unicorns...
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#3
Kalroth
We can't even imagine how AMD will handle power and thermals, given how its handling of the two on the R9 290X has been less than exemplary.
Well, given that the R9 290X fan is set to run at up to 47% speed per default, a dual core card would simply have to run at 94% speed per default - nothing to worry about, really!

EDIT: Yeah, they'll have to cut the über mode, since it requires 55% fan speed. Maybe they could put 1.1 fans on the dual core card, that'd easily solve that problem!
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#4
The Quim Reaper
Why do they waste everyones time with this sort of crap...

FFS, give us some genuinely new GPU's, not re branded, refreshed 3yr old tech packaged in shiny new boxes with stupid names.
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#5
radrok
by: Kalroth
Well, given that the R9 290 fan is set to run at up to 47% speed per default, a dual core card would simply have to run at 94% speed per default - nothing to worry about, really!
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#6
tigger
I'm the only one
It certainly is going to be a volcano, so props on the name. Maybe it will be the new lean mean GPU grilling machine.
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
[spoiler]
by: The Quim Reaper
Why do they waste everyones time with this sort of crap...

FFS, give us some genuinely new GPU's, not re branded, refreshed 3yr old tech packaged in shiny new boxes with stupid names.
http://www.amd.com/us/aboutamd/careers/Pages/careers.aspx

They need some engineers.[/spoiler]

I want to see this in action.
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#8
bogami
NICE :) energy consumption will certainly be high but we must be aware that this is a large processor and will not mind me adding 3x8 power connectors .As for cooling will require at least as good cooler as on the 7990 model. I would strongly recommend liquid cooling as it would not dropped the operating frequency as the current R9 290X. do ! My ENERMAX 1500 Platimax should be no problem feed into the two cards and if the price suited'll probably buy two. 18 micrometer technology coming in 2014 in the best case, Q3, if there will be no complications. Litle long to weit.
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#9
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
what happend to poor old Zeus? is he coming?
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#10
Prima.Vera
If AMD is smart it will just put an enhanced 3 fan cooling solution like with the 7990, and all will be good.
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#11
Dave65
by: tigger
It certainly is going to be a volcano, so props on the name. Maybe it will be the new lean mean GPU grilling machine.
Just made me hungry for grilled cheese:peace:
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#12
Hayder_Master
so and it will be run at 150c and AMD will say it's ok it's normal temps
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#13
jihadjoe
This really reminds me of when Nvidia tried to put two GF110s on a single PCB...
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#14
the54thvoid
Talk of a dual Hawaii before we've even seen AIB customs?

I'll need proof before believing this one. Not saying it's not true just that it seems really improbable. And if they do release a dual Hawaii, there will definitely be a dual GK110.
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#15
BigMack70
Think they named it as such because it will be as loud as Vesuvius' explosion? :roll:
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#16
Shinshin
Hawaii based DUAL GPU with a blower fan?!?!
That could be doubled as a hair dryer. ;)
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#17
dwade
AMD continues their lead with the all new 95°C x2 and ear-deafening feature.
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#18
ensabrenoir
all in one liquid nitrogen gpu cooler sold separately?
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#19
AsRock
TPU addict
Cool, although there seems to be a lot of un needed negative people around this thread which are not thinking before typing.
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#20
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
by: radrok

There's a catch though, it's going to be one of these : noisy or expensive.
Might I suggest it's sure to be both :)
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#21
Nihilus
by: AsRock
Cool, although there seems to be a lot of un needed negative people around this thread which are not thinking before typing.
Agreed, seems everyone is trying to be cute. Truth is, r9 290x when paired with a half ass cooler is rather cool and quiet -as Tom's has proven. AMD just pushed them out with crap coolers. This card will be a beast. 3 GB ram/ GPU was perfect for the 7990, and with 4GB, this card will handle any game out there at 4k.
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#22
theoneandonlymrk
there was talk very early on with the 7990 too, well see I guess.

I dont doubt its on the cards just probably some time away.
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#23
jboydgolfer
Best thing about buying one of these Card's would be that You could sell your oil furnace, or Wood stove.
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#24
kn00tcn
by: The Quim Reaper
Why do they waste everyones time with this sort of crap...

FFS, give us some genuinely new GPU's, not re branded, refreshed 3yr old tech packaged in shiny new boxes with stupid names.
oh ok, amd & nv can just fire up their fab & jump to 20nm all by themselves? as if the people slapping on existing gpus & making a cooler have ANY relation to new arcitechtrue engineers that take 4 years to make a single gpu

what does amd even owe you? just to speed up some games for your entertainment?
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#25
Steevo
by: The Quim Reaper
Why do they waste everyones time with this sort of crap...

FFS, give us some genuinely new GPU's, not re branded, refreshed 3yr old tech packaged in shiny new boxes with stupid names.
So a chip 28% smaller than the Titan and much less in price that performs as well as it isn't an improvement?


If I had a engine that made 28% more horsepower with the same relative fuel consumption as my competitor and cost less to build............ then again if you haven't figured this out by now perhaps you can't understand it. Its beyond your given talents.
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