The first prototype picture has been leaked of upcoming Radeon R9 300 series cooling system, and it appears that AMD’s next flagship reference GPU will be coming with liquid cooling.

Last month the GPU liquid cooling specialists Asetek announced an undisclosed deal with an OEM customer that was expected to be worth up to 4 million dollars in revenue, with shipping expected in the first half of 2015. The deal, it turns out, was with AMD for the production of an R9 300 series cooling solutions, expected to be the R9 390X, potentially making it the world’s first single-GPU liquid-cooled reference design.

The leaked image suggests a liquid-cooled single-GPU card.

The leaked cooler appears to be very similar in design to the cooling solution for the Radeon R9 295X2, also designed by Asetek. It’s slightly tweaked from that design but the basic similarities are in place for what clearly appears to be a hybrid cooling system on AMD’s upcoming Radeon cards.

As of late AMD cards have been running notoriously hot and the liquid-cooling design for the R9 300 series suggests things aren’t going to be changing anytime soon. While Nvidia continues to make strides towards power efficiency, AMD is looking for brute power. The leaked reference cooler designed is expected to be for the Radeon R9 390X, so we can expect to see this graphics card cropping up during early 2015. What do you make of AMD’s decision? Do you think the integrated liquid-cooling suggests AMD’s next single-card solution could be running extremely hot? Let us know!