XFX R9 290 DD Double Dissipation GPU Review

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Regular readers will know that we're big fans of a subtle design here at OC3D. One of the modern trends is towards a more minimalist design and it's something we wholeheartedly encourage. XFX with their DD cooler definitely hit all the boxes and we think it looks gorgeous. So often we've seen shrouds that seem to be designed for another card entirely, hello Gigabyte Windforce, that the DD stands out. 

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The looks of the Direct Dissipation cooler are superb. The whole card exudes quality in a way that's rarely seen. A fantastic effort from XFX.

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Twin 9-bladed 90mm fans combine a large surface area with low noise thanks to shifting lots of air at low RPMs. We did have a Monty Python Life of Brian flashback; "Nine-bladed! Not two or five or seven, but nine"; so used are we to smaller amounts of blades.  

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The business ends of the card are the usual AMD offerings of 6+8pin power and HDMI, DisplayPort and twin DVI outputs. Along with a nice little XFX logo cut into the exhaust.

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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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