It's been nearly a week since Nvidia unveiled its dual-GPU Titan Z, a monster dual-GPU graphics card with 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, and a massive $2,999 price tag. Will AMD counter with a dual-GPU card of its own? Of course it will -- we don't want to imagine a world where these two companies don't go back and forth trying to one-up each other. Rumor has it that AMD's dual-GPU counter punch is going to be a rather power-hungry Radeon R9 295.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, AMD's dual-GPU Hawaii card "might be the first ever 500W card that will end up water cooled." We're not sure where Fudzilla's plucking its information from, but if it ends up being true -- and that's a big "if" -- then we would certainly expect to see some kind of advanced cooling apparatus to keep temps from getting out of hand. As a point of reference, AMD has never revealed the TDP for its Radeon R9 290X, though Maximum PC Senior Editor Josh Norem notes in our hands-on benchmarking of the card that the company stated to us "in an offhand manner that it's in the neighborhood of 250W."
Based on AMD's existing line-up, wccftech.com surmises that a Radeon R9 295 could show up wielding 5,362 stream processors, 4GB to 8GB of GDDR5 per GPU (so 8GB to 16GB in all) with a 512-bit (x2) memory bus, and dual 8-pin PCI-power connectors.
Both sites think the price tag will run north of $1,000 though come in cheaper than the Titan Z. That too is speculation, so take all this with a heaping pile of salt.