The release of AMD’s R9 300 Series is inevitable, and that said, it is also inevitable to see a leaked image of the card this time of the year when it’s near the launch day. And no, it’s not one of those rendered images circulating the web – it’s the real thing… most certainly.
According to Johan Andersson, the technical director at DICE, and the person who leaked the image on Twitter, the Fiji based R9 300 card he received is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. Not only that, it looks impressively sweet too according to the picture, and is personally, on the ranks of the NVTTM Coolers used by Nvidia on their flagship cards… Maybe even cooler.
Speaking, the card should feature an included radiator to dissipate heat but we haven’t seen a physical evidence yet. But, it might be the deal here, as we are used to see AIO coolers with Mini USB ports that could be connected to a motherboard’s USB header for lighting, and other purposes.
Based on the other yet less credible leaked images, it seems that the card will actually be rather small compared to the flagship cards of yesteryears, which is might be actually true, as the HBM part of the card is actually on the GPU’s die area, essentially making the card smaller compared to normal implementations where the VRAM chips are only situated near the GPU’s die. Cooling might also be much more efficient this way since a cooler only has to focus on a single area, as opposed to the latter.
While it’s not a 100% confirmed AMD Radeon R9 390/390X genuine picture, it sure is believable and it sure is one heck of a job if it’s proven to be fake. Nonetheless, it made us excited and perhaps AMD is really aiming to be back on the track with this card.