PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

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The PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X comes in a very interesting package. The main PCS+ logo is actually the lid to the inside box and the cardboard part has a big cutout. Surprisingly for such a high-end card there is a paucity of anything much included as accessories. You get the card, a power adaptor, the driver CD we all instantly ignore and... that's it. No games as part of the AMD Evolved suite, no case badges, just a card. Hmm.

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Knowing that the Hawaii GPU's are like little furnaces it's great to see PowerColor make such a concerted effort to provide a cooler than, at first glance at least, looks like it could cool the very fires of hell. Which is fortunate, because judging from our previous experience with R9 290Xs they're about as hot as an Epicurean in Dante's Inferno. The reverse of the PCS+ has a solid back plate to help keep things rigid under even the most demanding circumstances.

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It's great to see a cooler than seems to be designed for the card its on. We've seen a few that had more bits hanging over the edges than an over 60s nudist camp, but the PowerColor design is very well crafted. Shiny copper heatpipes always make us happy, and these are very shiny indeed.

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At the business end the R9 290X PCS+ is similar to all the other 290X's, with a 8+6 power input and the regular AMD selection of display outputs. We think you'll agree it's a good looking card.

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Most Recent Comments

04-04-2014, 09:41:39

Yet another solid performing cooler for the 290/290x gpus. It just shows how much AMD messed up with their cooler. Decent little card, its a shame powercooler aren't often considered in builds.Quote

04-04-2014, 11:41:38

Looks like the Tri-X has some competition. Nice to see more 290s that have good coolers, keeping them cool and quiet.
Take note Asus and others, the less popular brands have done better than you, get your act together Quote

05-04-2014, 14:40:48

I have the R9 290 version of this card and I'm blown away by it runs Star Citizen on maximum settings butter smooth and if I turn Vsync off on skyrim it runs heavily modded on ultra settings and doesn't dip below 257FPS, with Vsynce on it stays at a constant 62 FPS+ on my 32inch TV I use as a monitor till I get a 4K monitor and on Uniengine Heaven it averages 72FPS maxes out at 139FPS on highest settings without anything other than the stock clock settings

Might have to get a second one if I can fit it on my Asus Maximus VI Formula trouble is it doesn't leave much clearance for the top card and I'm worried about choking its air supply ?Quote

11-04-2014, 03:19:55

Excellent review Bryan Quote

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