PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review


The PCS+ models from PowerColor have always been their highest end products. Or at the very least their fastest ones. Every company has a brand name that elicits knowing smiles from those who've been fortunate enough to experience them, and the PCS+ is one such card.

Combining their overclock with a monster cooler to keep the Hawaii XT GPU, one we know that is prone to be a little ..toasty, should, theoretically, bring us some excellent performance scores.

Rather than aiming for the world-record busting voltage demands and LN2 options that the PCS+'s two main competitors, the MSI Lightning and ASUS Matrix, have gone for PowerColor have aimed squarely at the regular user who just wants a seriously fast graphics card in their rig that wont melt the plastic on your display whilst it does so.

Technical Specifications

Out of the box the PCS+ has been boosted to a similar factory overclock as that we've seen in other cards, up to 1050MHz on the GPU core and 5.4GHz effective memory clock. The main other feature is a beast of a cooler, so click on and we'll take a look at that.

PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review  

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Most Recent Comments

04-04-2014, 13:41:39

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, 15:41:38

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, 18:40:48

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, 07:19:55

Excellent review Bryan Quote

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