Dual GPU graphics cards are hardly a new thing, but you haven't seen anything like AMD's new Radeon R9 295X2 which packs two fully unlocked Hawaii XT GPUs onto one PCB. By their powers combined, the R9 295X2 features 5,632 stream processors and delivers a maximum 11.5 teraflops of computing performance in a single card. Oh, and it comes with 8GB of GDDR5 memory on a dual 512-bit memory bus.
This sort of horsepower is enough to convince AMD (and reviewers) that the R9 295X2 is faster than anything out there, including NVIDIA's ridiculous $2999 USD GeForce GTX Titan Z (which incidentally features 12GB memory). What's more, AMD's new card is "only" half the price at $1499 USD but that sort of money is also getting you "powder-coated aluminum" construction and a hybrid air/water cooling solution designed by OEM giant Asetek. That's right, the R9 295X2 is the first reference card to include a built-in, closed-loop liquid cooling system to help keep temperatures (and noise levels) in check when this bad boy unleashes the beast.
Of course with great power comes great power requirements, and the R9 295X2 bends the rules to allow installation in rigs designed by mere mortals by making its dual 8-pin power connectors draw more juice than technically allowed. That means you'll want to break out a power supply with at least 750W capacity and a reliable +12V rail to provide at least 28A of juice per connector. We are talking about a dual-slot card featuring two 250W GPUs, after all.
The R9 295X2 will ship to retailers starting April 21st, and third-party manufacturers will also be releasing their own bundles with the card (currently with no change to the Asetek hybrid cooling solution aside from branding).