Club3D R9 290 Royal Ace Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Club3D R9 290 Royal Ace Review


The last generation of AMD Radeon cards had a few that stood out about the rest, and one company that really nailed it on with all the different versions was Club3D.

Indeed the cards they provided in the last generation were so good that their HD7970 was the spine of our Ivy Bridge test bench. Given how much abuse our test rigs get we required one that was bulletproof, and in all the time we chopped and changed motherboards, testing CPUs to their limits, and generally mucking about, it never let us down once.

So their cards equipped with the Tahiti core were robust and powerful, so how does their newest addition to the Poker range, the R9 290 Royal Ace, stack up.

Technical Specifications

With the 1040MHz clock speed and plenty of cooling capacity, the Royal Ace (stylised royalAce) should give a good example of whether there is enough in a R9 290 to make the R9 290X worthy of investment, or if a good 290 can still run with the hounds. 


Product Name: R9 290 royalAce
Product Series: R9
Item Code: CGAX-R9298SO
EAN Code: 8717249400615


Bus Interface: PCI Express 3.0


GPU Chipset: Hawaii Pro
GPU Clock: ~ 1040 MHz
Stream Processors: 2560


Multi-GPU: Dual CrossFire Ready


Memory Size: 4096MB
Memory Interface: 512BIT
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 5400 MHz


Cooling Type: Active Tripple Fan CoolStream


Idle: 20W
Idle ZCP mode enabled: 3W
Maximum load: 250W


DirectX version: 11.2 capable graphics
OpenGL version: 4.2
OpenCL version: 1.2


Slot Width: 3 Slots
Profile: Standard ATX profile
Card Size: 308x125x53 mm


Card Weight: 1410 grams

Output Configuration

DVI: 2x Dual-Link DVI-D
HDMI: 1x version 1.4a
DisplayPort: 1x version 1.2
HDCP ready: YES
Maximum Resolution Single-Link DVI: 1920x1200
Maximum Resolution Dual-Link DVI: 2560x1600
Maximum Resolution HDMI 1.4a: 4096x3112
Maximum Resolution Mini DP 1.2: 4096x2160
Maximum Outputs Simultaneously: 4
Maximum Display support: 6 (Via DisplayPort and using the MST Hub, please refer to CSV-5300

In the package

Club 3D AMD R9 290 royalAce graphic card
Club 3D knob hanger
Driver & E-Manual CD
Quick install guide

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Most Recent Comments

20-06-2014, 08:00:10

Nice to have another 290 with mastered cooling. Its interesting how that vendors that specialise in AMD (with the exception of XFX) have managed to tame the temperatures. Its a shame none of them have blower type coolers :I.Quote

20-06-2014, 09:22:26

Hey Tom watched the video and YES the sound is MUCH!!! better although I have noticed there seems to be some weird rendering issues in the last few vids you have done, where things flash and slightly repeat is the best way to describe it, but yeah dont know what going on with that but thought I should mention itQuote

20-06-2014, 09:23:09

I do love the backplate on this card, and those are some pretty impressive clocks for a stock 290.

One thing I would like to say though, is there any need to run Cloud gate on these high end GPUs? It is a score that I, and I'm sure many others, don't want to see.

Sky diver would be more relevant, but i do understand that there wouldn't be many cards to compare score though.

You new mic sounds good Tom.Quote

20-06-2014, 10:23:01

Hi Tom

Very nice looking card. I like the look of the shroud and back plate. Are the club 3D cards only available in Europe? I tried to find a price from a USA E-Tailer and could not find it for sale.

On the audio quality. It is much improved. Your voice sounds good, not brittle, or thin. It provides a nice rounded full sound. Noise from the background is not apparent and that is a good thing. Is it a Omni-directional pattern mic or a Cardioid pattern one?

Thanks again


20-06-2014, 17:57:45

Great sound on the video but there's quite a bit of echoQuote

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