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Two is always better than one, which is exactly why Advanced Micro Devices is working on a graphics card currently known under Vesuvius code-name that features two of its leading-edge graphics processing units known as Hawaii. The rumored product will dethrone all available high-end graphics solutions and thanks to all-new multi-GPU technology will possibly demonstrate new levels of graphics performance scalability.

A potential dual-chip Hawaii X2 graphics card code-named Vesuvius (R9 290Xx2 or R9 290X*2 or R9 299?) is expected to feature 5632 stream processors (88 compute units with 64sp per CU), 352 texture units (TUs), 256 raster output units (ROPs), 8 geometry processors, 16 asynchronous compute engines (ACEs), 2MB L2 cache, twelve EyeFinity display controllers, various multimedia special-purpose hardware as well as 512-bit*2 memory bus. The dual-chip graphics card is set to feature incredible performance at an ultimate cost, according to VR-Zone web-site.

AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card

Modern AMD Hawaii graphics processing units (GPUs) have a number of clear advantages over their predecessors when it comes to multi-GPU performance scaling. The new chip features so-called CrossFire XDMA [CrossFire X direct memory access] units that – via PCI Express 3.0 bus with up to whopping 128GB/s bandwidth via 16 lanes – transfer data between multiple GPUs at a very low latency, possibly, thanks to data packet prioritizing feature that existed even in PCIe 1.0a, but has been rarely used for some reasons. In addition, XDMA should enable access of one GPU to the memory pool of another.

Moreover, the Hawaii GPU has its own DMA engine, which potentially may be used to access to the same memory space as microprocessors and thus to better accelerate GPGPU-based apps.

Since Nvidia Corp. no longer offers its dual-chip GeForce GTX 690 graphics cards and AMD Radeon HD 7990 is also absent from the market, the new dual-chip solution from AMD will become the highest-performing graphics card available today. Unfortunately, it is unclear when the new graphics board is set to reach stores and at what price-point.

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Tags: AMD, Hawaii, Radeon, ATI, Vesuvius, 28nm, Volcanic Islands, CrossFire, CrossFireX, Nvidia, Geforce


Comments currently: 22
Discussion started: 11/18/13 10:49:14 AM
Latest comment: 12/04/13 07:24:00 PM
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Mr Huang is about to have a breakdown. The latest report from Nvidia HQ is that he's now turned to opium and was heard to mutter, amongst other things, "In Xanadu did Jen-Hsun Huang a stately graphics card decree....". Oh Mr Huang, those numbers you see floating in the air aren't your company's real stock price, but only a pipedream.

QUOTE: "the majority of the brokerage bunch already maintains skeptical positions on NVIDIA Corporation, with 16 of the 22 covering analysts slapping the stock with a "hold" or worse rating"

10 10 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/18/13 10:49:14 AM]
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Yep, pretty much!

They are trying some 'compute' bollocks right now with IBM and few others, but as soon as the AlMightyD show their new pro cards, Mr. Huang will be politely asked to shove their marketing gimmicks in his butt.

Besides, the AlMightyD will wreck havoc once their cloud-based game-streaming solutions kick in.

P.S. Sorry for the trolling but I just love to see "green" fanboys rage-foaming their mouths, in their pathetic attempts to show some loyalty as it boosts their ego, making them feel better for their overpriced stuff. :D

linuxlowdown once again poked the greenies really hard. :D

4 1 [Posted by: zlobster  | Date: 11/19/13 07:27:41 AM]
There's nothing better than winding up clueless Nvidia and Intel fanboys (who are often one and the same).
3 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/21/13 05:26:33 AM]

Keep in mind, Nvidia hasn't released their dual GPU yet GTX 790.
Also keep in mind that MSRP for AMD's dual graphics chips always start at a grand or higher (1100-1200 for 7990).
Only one quarter later do they drop the price by 200-400$ depending on how the card did.
but if they release it for 1k or 900, at point it becomes awsome. Compared to Nvidia's 700$ 780 ti.
Unless they charge that price, it won't effect Nvidia or Trigger a price drop.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 11/19/13 04:01:55 AM]
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Thanks, but paying $500 for a 290x that will let me enjoy everything at Ultra settings @ 1080p for about three years is enough for me. In fact, I could almost say the same about the $300 280x (former 7970).

You see, sometimes it also comes to "what you can afford" and "what you need", not "what's the best"!

This is what AMDs really good at; anwsering customers needs at a pretty honest price... and giving a beating to Nvidia every time they come with a $700 overpriced graphic card.
4 2 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 11/19/13 09:03:18 AM]
yeah, overprice when it comes to professional 3d application support, cuda, physx, adaptive vsync, txaa
0 0 [Posted by: Sagia86  | Date: 11/20/13 07:24:25 PM]
professional 3d application support? AMD has that. Cuda? OpenCL is not proprietary and is beating out Cuda. physx? More proprietary marketing crap. It's barely noticable cause only like 5 games have it. Not to mention it's total crap when compared with havok or cryengine. Adaptive vsync? Vsync and triple-buffering works just as well. Txaa? Antialiasing is hardly noticable and causes such a fps drop I don't understand the need for more. Enabling medium smaa is super cheap compared and looks perfect.
0 0 [Posted by: Seth Kelley  | Date: 12/04/13 07:24:00 PM]


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