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AMD teases dual-core graphics card, expected launch in April

The Radeon 295 x2 will likely feature a dual-Hawaii XT cores and 8GB of memory.


AMD’s PR troops at Edelman are running a rather peculiar campaign with the U.S. press to tease AMD’s upcoming dual-core Radeon card.

Certain members of the hardware blogosphere have reported getting a non-descript package from Edelman Toronto that’s labeled “top secret”. Inside is a picture of the recipient with the caption “wouldn’t you agree that two is better than one?” On the back of the picture is the hashtag “#2betterthan1”, included with the hopes the recipient will tweet about his findings to build AMD some “earned” and controlled press.

AMD is using this campaign to launch a dual-core card called the Radeon R9 295 x2. It will feature dual-Hawaii XT cores, 8GB of memory and the Ares II (water and air cooled combination) thermal design. Sources that spoke to VR-Zone Chinese say that the card will only have two PCIe 8 pin power connectors, which means its power requirements will be slightly less than expected.

An exact launch date is not confirmed, but sources are pointing towards an April launch. While AMD will have a presence at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) later this month in San Francisco, AMD’s PR director Chris Hook said to VR-Zone in an email that the conference is more of a “developer focused activity” and press aren’t being flown in making a launch there unlikely.

The week after during Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose,  AMD is holding a small parallel to try and steal Nvidia’s thunder where the FirePro W9000 will likely be showcased. In all likelihood, AMD will be holding a spring tech day (perhaps in tax credit rich Ontario) to showcase the card.

More details are expected as the launch date nears.

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