PowerColor R9 290 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor R9 290 Review and Comparison

Introduction

Our review of the R9 290X caused a little bit of a stir. Apparently manufacturers aren't too happy with honesty, and thus when we said how little love we had for the cooler on the R9 290X and thus how it became a massively limiting factor AMD decided we weren't going to be allowed to review the regular R9 290.

But we're not so easily swayed here at OC3D. So thanks to our friends at PC Specialist we have a system in for review atm that has the option of a GTX770 or an R9 290. We thought it would be rude not to get it on our own test bench for a look and see how it compares in our graphs and see if the slight reduction in specifications coupled to a big reduction in price is enough to tempt us, or if it's a model too far in a crowded marketplace.

Priced between the GTX770 and the GTX780, this has the potential to be a very wise purchase indeed, and if the scores are similar to the 290X then it might become a best seller. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Technical Specifications

As you can see there is only a small difference between the R9 290 and its bigger brother the R9 290X. 16 fewer TPUs and 256 fewer Stream Processors, alongside slightly reduced clock speeds, are really the only obvious changes. We've already covered the Hawaii GPUs in depth with our 290X review, so let's crack on.

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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2013, 06:32:27

s13viper
Have to say, i'm pretty surprised by your results.

Its completely different to every single other review out there.

So i'm not really sure what to make of it.

edit : ill add i am now using 3x 290's....on water though and my results are insanely different (using 1 card of course)Quote

18-11-2013, 06:33:01

barnsley
Good Ol' PowerColor :'). Top lads for not being wimps. To be fair the performance is exactly what I would want for a card but no cooler means no sale for me.Quote

18-11-2013, 06:41:50

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by s13viper View Post
Have to say, i'm pretty surprised by your results.

Its completely different to every single other review out there.

So i'm not really sure what to make of it.

edit : ill add i am now using 3x 290's....on water though and my results are insanely different (using 1 card of course)
We dont look at other results we look at the results our rig gives us.

I have screenshots for every single result too (that goes for all reviews)Quote

18-11-2013, 06:46:22

Rastalovich
It's a decent enough card for the price. The saviour for the 95 degrees, I feel, is the rear exhausting fan. But still, if you're going to buy one, know you've got to deal with it.

Still can't wrap my head around the Gigabyte/MSI 780 results. One is better than the ti and the other isn't, and yet there's no difference. Lottery I guess.Quote

18-11-2013, 06:54:42

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post
It's a decent enough card for the price. The saviour for the 95 degrees, I feel, is the rear exhausting fan. But still, if you're going to buy one, know you've got to deal with it.

Still can't wrap my head around the Gigabyte/MSI 780 results. One is better than the ti and the other isn't, and yet there's no difference. Lottery I guess.
Yes matey lottery, and the MSI overclocked like a train - thats why I used it in my own rig Quote
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