XFX R9 390X Black Edition Review

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Holy smokes. We'd have expected a card labelled the Black Edition to come in packaging resembling the monoliths from 2001. As it is it looks like a magic eye picture. It certainly grabs the attention but not perhaps in the way XFX were going for.

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That diamond effect continues to the Double Dissipation cooler. Opinion in the office is very much divided upon how the cards looks. It's definitely unique. Thankfully if you fall into the camp that thinks it's a little too busy then the backplate, the bit you actually see most of the time, is much nicer. Indeed we really like it with it's crisp logo and vent holes.

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However you feel about the diamonds there is no doubting that the precise edges of the XFX 390X are a joy. It never looks like they've bolted a parts-bin cooler on.

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Plentiful heat-pipes and excellent fin density should ensure that the card remains cool. Lots of room for the air to circulate too, thanks to a gentle side covering. A very attractive cooler, once you get past the diamond top.

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Most Recent Comments

13-07-2015, 11:28:59

AlienALX
Hate to say it but yawn. Another over priced 8gb 290x.

AMD need to stop peeing around with this crap and get Fury out there and for sale. Every day they slip is another day for Nvidia to drop prices again and secure another sale.

I gotta admit, I am growing a little impatient.Quote

13-07-2015, 14:08:33

Wraith
When you get past the HSBC logo all over the front, god is this a pretty card. Not quite as pretty as the previous DD

http://techreport.com/r.x/290x-custo...card-front.jpg

but still it's a looker. Performance is great too, predictably sitting just above the 290X.Quote

13-07-2015, 14:35:24

NeverBackDown
Can't wait to get home and test this card out. Been on vacation and the card came as I was leaving. It's not the black edition but it's still worth getting. Hopefully it's as good as you show!Quote

13-07-2015, 17:39:49

Chrazey
Can someone tell me what the difference is between the "Black Edition" is and the non one?... Keep seeing them all over, but don't get the difference. Is it the color? Quote

13-07-2015, 19:09:54

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
Can someone tell me what the difference is between the "Black Edition" is and the non one?... Keep seeing them all over, but don't get the difference. Is it the color?
Core clocks. Pretty sure it's 1050 for normal cards and the Black edition is 1090Quote
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