Club3D R9 290 Royal Ace Review

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Club3D R9 290 Royal Ace Review

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There are a few variants in the Club3D Poker range, so the addition of a large A to denote the Royal Ace model is welcome. There is a Royal Ace 290X too, for which the packaging is identical excepting for the X at the end of the model, so it's worth paying close attention if you're planning on buying one. Of course we're here to discover if you should.

The R9 290 version now comes with a triple fan design to keep the temperatures under control. We know that three fans produce more noise than a single one, just through sheer volume of air if nothing else, so we're curious as to whether the Royal Ace is a typhoon or the noise has been kept under control. 

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There can be no doubts that the design of the card is spot on. With an all metal shroud, and a lovely backplate, we really like the looks. They haven't strayed far from the Club3D Poker formula and it has paid off. Very attractive card indeed.

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The inputs and outputs are standard R9 290 fare, 8+6 power inputs and the usual array of AMD outputs. 

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We know that sometimes we can laud the design of something and you wonder if it will actually look good in your rig, so here it is in our graphics card test bench, and we think you'll agree it's perfectly matched.

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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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