XFX R9 290 DD Double Dissipation GPU Review

Conclusion

XFX R9 290 DD Review

Conclusion

It's been a long time since we've had an XFX graphics card in our bench rig, and the R9 290 DD makes the wait worthwhile.

With any graphics card you're balancing three distinct elements. The first is of course price, and it can be found for £270 so the XFX is one of the better priced offerings out there, largely thanks to its default clockspeed instead of a factory overclock. Although overclocking is really simple these days we know that the majority of people enjoy hardware they can just plug in and get on with their busy lives, so it's to this end that we've run the XFX at stock today.

That brings us neatly onto the second important element, the performance. To some people that can be the be all and end all, but we like graphics cards we can live with. Otherwise we'd strap Delta fans to everything wouldn't we. However, the XFX R9 290 DD is very consistent with only a couple of our benchmarks giving a lower result than expected, and a couple doing much better than we'd expected. In general it's very solid and even the most demanding person wont be disappointed with the frame rates that can be obtained from the XFX card.

The third and final of the important parts of choosing your hardware is the cooler. Or, perhaps more specifically, the cooling capabilities when balanced to the noise generated and, to some degree, the looks. On every count the XFX Dual Dissipation absolutely smashes the opposition. It's one of the best coolers it's ever been our pleasure to use. 30°C lower temperatures under loading than many of its contemporaries. What really sets it apart is how easy it is to live with. This thing is quiet. Really, seriously, quiet. The nine bladed 90mm fans manage to push a huge amount of air without ever raising the decibel level. We also adore the way it looks. The DD really seems to have been designed for this PCB, and the results back that up.

Although the XFX R9 290 Dual Dissipation might not be the absolute peak of performance, it's so awesome in every other department that it would be impossible to give it anything other than our Gold Award. The Radeon graphics cards of recent times have been really fast, but hotter than the surface of the sun and louder than the front row at a 1 Direction concert. The XFX is quiet, cool, looks awesome and is plenty fast enough. Highly recommended.

     

Thanks to XFX for supplying the R9 290 DD for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.

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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2014, 05:44:29

RamboOC
Sexy beast Quote

11-08-2014, 05:46:38

Dicehunter
This thing looks sexy as hell !!!

I remember having an XFX 8800GTX back in the day Quote

11-08-2014, 05:57:40

barnsley
How were the VRM temperatures? They are pretty poor from what I've seen on the net.

For the record, you have to be very careful when buying this card that you get the version that actually cools the VRM. As it gets so bad it throttles.

This card may look like sex, but I still can't shake off ALL the damn build quality issues alot of us had with the previous gen of XFX cards.

(VRM not VRAM, Silly me)Quote

11-08-2014, 05:59:53

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
How were the VRAM temperatures? They are pretty poor from what I've seen on the net.

For the record, you have to be very careful when buying this card that you get the version that actually cools the VRAM. As it gets so bad it throttles.

This card may look like sex, but I still can't shake off ALL the damn build quality issues alot of us had with the previous gen of XFX cards.
Luckily the XFX 8800GTX I had was reference so there were no issues Quote

11-08-2014, 06:14:19

tinytomlogan
There is no Vram temp read outs?Quote
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