It looks like AMD is going with AIO watercooling for a Future high end Single Cored GPU Reference design, as a picture leaks revealing what looks like a R9 295X2 variant which is designed to cool a Future Single cored GPU (Likely the R9 390X).
This picture was leaked by Videocardz today:
As we can see in the picture above this cooler is very similar to that of the R9 295X2, but for a single cored CPU. Beside the Red Redeon lettering we can see holes in the sides for Water cooling hose to be routed through.
Given Asetek made the R9 295X2’s water cooling, we would assume that they are making the AIO water cooling components for these next generation components. Videocardz also found this press release from Asetek which pretty much confirms this.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — 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.
Hopefully this does not mean that AMD’s Next Generation GPUs will be as famously hot running as the last. But it seems that AMD either were not willing to design a new reference cooler themselves or could not make a cooler powerful enough an quiet enough with an air based cooling solution.
It will be interesting to see what this means for Future aftermarket AMD GPUs from the likes of ASUS, MSI, etc as their custon GPU coolers will have to compete with a reference design which is watercooled. Then again this could means that aftermarket models could be cheaper than reference as their coolers may be cheaper to use than an AIO water cooler.