XFX R9 290X 8GB DD Review
Published: 26th May 2015 | Source: XFX | Price: |
With the new AMD GPU on the horizon it might seem like an odd time to be revisiting the R9 290X. There is, however, method in our madness as their always is.
Modern games are starting to test the very limits of the GDDR5 available on the latest cards. Some titles, such as Grand Theft Auto 5, easily bust through the 3 and 4GB amounts that are usually installed. This is an issue that will only increase as PC Gaming is starting to see something of a renaissance. The days when we got a game engine a couple of generations behind the consoles are behind us. If anything the PC Gaming market ends up with titles that look superior to their console brethren thanks to developers taking advantage of the increased power available, and modders doing their best to give us giant textures.
XFX have been around for a long time and their Double Dissipation cooler has graced these pages before. However, when we saw that XFX have an 8GB variant of the 290X we had to take a look and see how it performs.
The 8GB of GDDR5 is, unsurprisingly, the only major deviation away from the regular R9 290X specifications. Combine that extra memory with the Double Dissipation cooler and an unlocked voltage and there should be much to enjoy.