AMD is stepping up the game for its next generation GPUs. Although we do not have any information regarding the specifications of R9 3xx series but an early leak reveals the cooler of the flagship R9 390X. Radeon R9 390X will feature a hybrid air+water cooler similar to R9 295X2. Radeon GPUs are known for their high temperature and noisy coolers but this time AMD has decided to resolve this issue. R9 295X2 is a dual-GPU card equipped with a hybrid cooler made by Asetek. According to a press release by Asetek, it seems like it will be the OEM behind the design of R9 390X’s cooler. Since, R9 390X is a single GPU, a slightly different design will be implemented while the visual elements are somewhat identical to the dual-GPU’s cooler.
AMD Radeon R9 390X hybrid air+water cooler pictured
The GPU core will have a direct contact with the water block of the cooler while the fan will be used to cool down the power circuitry of the card. The only difference between the two coolers is that the R9 390X cooler’s fan is moved slightly to the right side. A cut-out on the shroud reveals the connection for the tubing to the water block.
About three weeks ago, Asetek released a press release stating:
Asetek today announced that it has secured a design win with an undisclosed OEM customer for a graphics liquid cooling product. The ambitious project is forecasted by the customer to result in 2 – 4 million dollars of revenue. Shipping is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2015. The design win continues Asetek’s success in the growing graphics liquid cooling market.
The above statement points to an agreement with AMD for the design of a liquid cooler for its flagship R9 390X graphics card. This is great news for AMD users because they don’t have to invest more money in to after market GPUs to get better cooling performance. The reference cooler should be capable of handling high amount of heat with ease.
AMD’s R9 390X is far from launch, infact it will launch sometime in 2015 so this is quite early to judge the book by only its cover. Though it will be an interesting battle now since NVIDIA is using the same GTX TITAN cooler for its GTX 980 while AMD is coming up with a completely new solution. It can be argued that NVIDIA’s GPUs are much more power efficient and produce less heat but users will love a bonus.