This past few days or weeks, there are reports or rumors going around in popular tech sites and forums claiming that the AMD Hawaii XT GPU used in the AMD Radeon R9 290X is not a full fat chip. This means that the Hawaii XT is not fully utilized and a newer chip – called Hawaii XTX, could be on its way together with a faster AMD Radeon R9 295X. Well it turns out that this rumor is true after all, according to VideoCardz. AMD is indeed working on a new graphics card with Hawaii XTX graphics processor on it. On one of AMD’s slide it says: “Hawaiian volcano erupts again! XTX variant incoming”. Check out the rest of the details.
Not the actual card
UPDATE: It seems that this rumor it not true after all, and the full Hawaii XTX chip as well. This is according to this article Hawaii XTX GPU non existent
AMD Radeon R9 295X with Hawaii XTX Chip Slightly Detailed
According to reports, the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 295X with full Hawaii XTX chip could pack 3072 cores, which is 256 more cores compared to the current R9 290X. It will future 48 compute units and 192 TMUs, which are slightly higher than the 44 compute units and 176 TMUs that the R9 290X has. However ROPs is reported to stay at 64.
The upcoming flagship Radeon R9 295X is expected to compete with NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 780 Ti and probably with the GTX TITAN Black as well. Actually the name “R9 295X” is not the official name, neither it’s a confirmed name. Its real name is yet to be revealed.
Reports also suggest that the R9 295X will have a custom cooling solution instead of a reference one, due to the added heat. Well, I hope AMD would do something about the heat generated by their graphics cards. AMD graphics cards have a good price/performance ratio but their GPUs consume more power and produce more heat compared to NVIDIA’s graphics cards. Hope they can improve on that area as well.
I’ll keep an eye on AMD’s new flagship.