PowerColor R9 290 Review

Test Setup and Temperatures

PowerColor R9 290 Review and Comparison

Test Setup

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

Temperatures

To the surprise of nobody the R9 290 runs at a toasty 95°C. We understand that this is a deliberate design decision by AMD, but it doesn't mean that we have to like it. All that heat has to go somewhere, and 'into the case' is hardly the place we want it to be. Any time a manufacturer greatly increases the standard running temperature of a product we're far more likely to conclude that they couldn't keep the temperatures in check, rather than have over-engineered their unit to handle higher temps.

 

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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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