PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

Test Setup

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

Overclocking

Out of the box the PCS+ has a decent lick of speed, but as always we want to see if we can do a little better. Initially there wasn't much else to be had, a mere 60MHz, but a microscopic boost in voltage was enough to push the chip up to the 290X high-point of 1150MHz. No matter what we did it wouldn't go further though, giving artifacts despite having plenty of thermal headroom. It was good to see an extra 200MHz on the GDDR5, which is something that, MSI Lightning apart, we haven't seen enough of on the Radeon cards.

   PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

Temperatures

Speaking of thermal headroom, the cooler on the PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ is frankly ludicrous. On auto fans (which only hit 64%) and an hours worth of Unigine Valley we only hit 74°C. 20 degrees below a reference card. Amazing performance. 

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Most Recent Comments

04-04-2014, 09:41:39

barnsley
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

SieB
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

DisturbedJim83
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

jackjack
Excellent review Bryan Quote
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