Right after when NVIDIA dropped a bomb on AMD’s 7990 in the form of Titan Z, AMD retaliated by unveiling its new Dual GPU flagship card, dubbed R9 295X2. And after the introduction of the reference card, people were undoubtedly sure that it used the same Hybrid cooler as Asus’ Ares II, Thus indirectly prompting that Asus was a close friend to AMD in the development of R9 295X2. Therefore, no big deal if Asus was the first to bring out the first OEM version.
ASUS Radeon R9-295X2

ASUS Radeon R9-295X2

AMD officially declared that various manufacturers of R9 295X2 would offer various feature and cooler design for their OEM version cards, but since Asus were integrated in the development of R9 295X2, therefore, their OEM version would feature same air-liquid cooler, same colors and even same thermal paste and thermal management.

AMD R9 295X2 layer by layer

AMD R9 295X2 layer by layer

Power consumption, is as expected, very high, 500 Watt TDP is really ground breaking since most of the mainstream users have a PSU that handles Max 500W. For this GPU, one does not simply rely on a mainstream PSU. It requires two eight-pin (six plus two pin) auxiliary power connectors and the connecting bus has PCI-E x16 lane conforming PCI-E 3.0 standards. It would just be monstrous as expected, time for the 2nd gen 28nm Dual GPU battle.