PowerColor R9 290 Review

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PowerColor R9 290 Review and Comparison

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Externally there is nothing between the R9 290X and the R9 290. They both have the reference cooler that has been the subject of so much discussion. The 290 even runs on the same 8+6 power input as the 290X.

PowerColor R9 290     PowerColor R9 290  

PowerColor R9 290     PowerColor R9 290  

At the other end of the card you'd be hard pushed to differentiate it from the 290X too. If it wasn't for the PowerColor sticker on the fan we wouldn't want to put the two cards down next to each other and have to choose which is which.

When you look at the fan surround you can see why we find it a terrible design. Why have some of the air blowing back towards your hard drives rather than across the heatsink fins?

PowerColor R9 290     PowerColor R9 290  

PowerColor R9 290     PowerColor R9 290  

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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
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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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