AMD R9 290X Review

Test Setup and Temperatures

AMD R9 290X Review

Test Setup

Naturally the primary challenger for the R9 290X at the top of the market is the GTX780. We discovered that the R9 290X didn't have any real benefits from overclocking as it's already thermally limited, and so we'll be generally comparing the 290X to the GTX780 at stock, although of course the GTX780 can overclock so there is some 'free' performance to be had.

AMD Radeon R9 290X
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64


We were as surprised as you to see that the R9 290X hit a whopping 95°C so we checked with AMD and we can report that the Hawaii GPU is designed to run at these temperatures without causing any problems with the lifespan of the item or anything along those lines. Similarly to the GPU Boost 2.0 from nVidia, the AMD Powertune software has a thermal target of 95°C and adjusts the clock speed and fan speed of the card to keep it running at the maximum performance and minimal noise. The cooler is, as we'd expect from the age old design, louder than we'd like it to be. It isn't loud per se, just not as quiet as some of the alternatives that we've seen.


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Most Recent Comments

24-10-2013, 01:44:09

What a shame like everyone else i suppose i was really hoping this card was gonna be a beast and to be let down like a lead balloon....... sigh! Lets just hope AMD get their finger out their asses and let the 3rd party vendors loose and see if they can pick them up again so it's a least a half decent card and sooner rather than later!!Quote

24-10-2013, 02:01:20

Well Guv? Time to go get an MSI 780? Need a new card pretty badly.
Edit: or I could pull the trigger on getting one and watercooling that puppy....Quote

24-10-2013, 02:11:56

Thanks for the review, but I think its hardly fair to compare it to oc cards, it seems to compete well against stock titan and 780s, but amd really the bed on the cooler, though I cant complain seeing how much cheaper it is to titan and 780; would love to see another review when asus's direct cu II triple slot rog version come out, I bet it will give the titan oc/780 lightning a run for their money Quote

24-10-2013, 02:19:24

Well it'll be interesting to see what it can achieve once the 3rd party water blocks hit the market which i dare say wont be long! but at the temps its running you'd want to be running dual loop so it dosen't effect the cooling of your other components to much.Quote

24-10-2013, 02:23:31

Pretty sure the EK block is out already.Quote

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