XFX R9 290X 8GB DD Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

XFX R9 290X 8GB DD Review


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.

Technical Specifications

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.

XFX R9 290X 8GB DD Review  

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Most Recent Comments

26-05-2015, 15:26:16

Nice double D's excellent and surprising results here Guv, just goes to show that more is not necessarily better. Roll on the 390X.Quote

26-05-2015, 17:25:44

You just reviewed an R9 390(x)!!! Quote

26-05-2015, 17:41:57

You mean the 380X ?Quote

26-05-2015, 17:45:09

Originally Posted by TPC View Post
You mean the 380X ?
Apprently the HBM card doesnt come under the 390 naming scheme, the 390x is just an 8GB 290x with higher clocks.Quote

26-05-2015, 17:49:42

Guess I didn't get that memo, I'm sorryQuote

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