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AMD Radeon R9 290X X2 Vesuvius Dual-GPU on Its Way!

Just recently, a news came out that AMD is preparing or will be releasing a Dual GPU graphics card based on the Hawaii-XT silicon, codenamed “Vesuvius” a.k.a AMD Radeon R9 290X X2. I’m not really surprised to hear this kind of news since dual GPU’s has been a trend for the past few years. And they always came out after AMD or NVIDIA introduced their fastest single GPU graphics card. The previous dual GPU that AMD had was the AMD Radeon HD 7990, where AMD decided to significantly drop its price to compete with NVIDIA’s GTX lineup.

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amd radeon r9 290x x2 vesuvius dual gpu

If you have done your research, Vesuvius is a name of a volcano that destroyed Pompeii City, unleashing force a thousand times more powerful than the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima. So the codename is still somewhat related to the whole “Volcanic” and “Hawaii” themed lineup. AMD might also be trying to say that the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 290X X2 is that powerful, and they are planning to destroy NVIDIA’s faster single and dual GPU with it. By the way, there are a lot of Xs on this product’s name. I hope that AMD came up of a better name than full of X.

One thing that bothers the PC enthusiasts’ community is how AMD will keep this beast cool and quite. I mean, the AMD Radeon R9 290X can reach up to 94 or 95 degrees Celsius on load, how much more will a dual Hawaii GPU chip? Probably a customized water cooling solution would do the trick. Anyway, this is still just a rumor and AMD hasn’t released any official announcement about this card yet.

AMD Radeon R9 290X X2 Specifications

The AMD Radeon R9 290x X2 (Vesuvius) specifications below is just an estimate. It’s not final and yet to be confirmed.

SpecificationsRadeon R9 290X X2Radeon R9 290XRadeon HD 7990
Stream Processing Units2x 281628162x 2048
ROPs2x 64642x 32
Graphics Processor2x HawaiiHawaii2x Tahiti
Transistors2x 6200M6200M2x 4310M
Memory Size2x 4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB
Memory Bus Width2x 512 bit512 bit2x 384 bit
Core Clock1000 MHz (TBC)1000 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock1250 MHz (TBC)1250 MHz1500 MHz
Price~$999 (TBC)~$550~$800

Price and Release Date

Currently the price for the Radeon R9 290X X2 Vesuvius as well as its release date is unknown. AMD might release or announce it by the end of this year or probably early next year. My estimate is that AMD might price the R9 290X X2 around $1,000 or $999, since the R9 290X is currently at around $550 USD, to compete with the GTX Titan’s price.

By the way the AMD Radeon R9 290X is now available from the following links below.

XFX RADEON R9 290X 1000MHz 4GB DDR5 (R9290XENFC) – $569.99

Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 Battle Field 4 Game Edition 21226-00-50G – $669.95

Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 (21226-00-40G) – $549.99

Gigabyte R9 290X GDDR5 4GB (GV-R929XD5) – $603.42

MSI R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 Graphics Cards R9 290X 4GB Battlefield 4 Edition – $594.99

  • whatswithjeff

    What the?! This is definitely going to be hot. 2x 95 degrees is insane, you could cook an egg in that already. This obviously needs a water cooling setup. Aside from the temperature issue, I think this will be one power hungry graphics card. And yeah the name sounds ridiculous. Perhaps they should call it AMD Radeon R9 Visuvius instead. Similar to GTX Titan. Speaking of GTX I’m sure NVIDIA will counter this Visuvius very soon. And I wonder what will they call it?!

  • Agent_Phil

    Definite NVIDIA will counter AMD’s Visuvius with also a dual GPU, probably a dual GK110 card – Titan x2? or GTX Hercules hehehe

  • xxCeres0101

    Sounds like another insanely expensive card that will burn your resources over time….

  • Michiko

    AMD and NVIDIA have both insane price.. i dont see any point buying either of the products.. VESUVIUS OR TITAN BLACK OR 790.. waste of money.. ill just grab a 290 or 290x then ill have extra money for bigger ram or SSD or HDD OR WHAT.. But i would love to have a AMD VESUVIUS FOR FREE though.. hehehehe

  • agha ali raza

    lol cards i like nvidia