Leaked pics reveal air-cooled Radeon dually


— 11:58 AM on May 5, 2014

PowerColor is prepping a new Devil 13 graphics card that appears to be based on an amped-up version of the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295 X2. The company has posted a couple of teaser images to its Facebook page, one of which is introduced as a "dual beast." PowerColor has a history of producing dual-GPU Radeon cards under the Devil 13 brand, making the R9 295 X2 the most likely candidate.

As it turns out, the tightly cropped teaser shots may not be the only images of the card floating around the web. Hardware.info has posted a handful of blurry pictures sourced from an unnamed "Chinese site." Those images show a triple-wide Devil 13 offering whose backplate design matches one of the official teaser shots. The card is a custom version of the R9 295 X2, Hardware.info says, and the circuit board appears to be at least an inch taller than AMD's reference design.

The leaked images reveal a massive radiator, fat heatpipes, and three fans. That sort of cooling configuration isn't uncommon on ultra-high-end graphics cards, but it's a bit of a surprise for the R9 295 X2, whose stock configuration includes an all-in-one liquid cooling system.

Another surprise can be found on the top edge of the circuit board, which houses quad eight-pin PCIe power connectors—double the number included on standard versions of the R9 295 X2. Given the stock card's already high power consumption, this new Devil 13 variant could set a new record on our watt meter.

PowerColor says its new Devil 13 card is coming this month, so we should have a better sense of things soon. It will be interesting to see how this monster stacks up against the standard R9 295 X2 and Nvidia's upcoming Titan Z, which has dual GK110b GPUs.

   
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