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PowerColor AXR9 290X 4GBD5-MDHG/OC Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support OC Video Card

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The Radeon R9 290X, the AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces the support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies are included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

  • newegg Built for Crossfire The card features the next generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards with no interconnect bridge required.
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality. (Application support is required.)
  • newegg AMD TrueAudio Technology AMD TrueAudio technology brings the world’s first programmable audio pipeline marking a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio, and more. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience.
  • newegg AMD Eyefinty Technology Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.
  • newegg AMD App Acceleration AMD App Accelerator creates a “co-processing” environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon Graphics processor works together with the system central processor to accelerate enabled applications.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Alexander A.
  • 7/19/2014 12:06:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCan't even cool itself

Pros: It's the king of playing games at 2160p.

Cons: I was getting constant flickering black screens. Problem turned out to be VRAM overheating. I had used an aggressive fan profile at stock clocks and it was still happening.

I have the memory clocked down to 950Mhz and the flickering is gone. Pretty sad when you can't run stock clocks stable.

Other Thoughts: I wish I could get a refund for this, seeing i'm out of the 30 day RMA window.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from Powercolor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. Please email me with a description of how you determined that the issue with vram. We can troubleshoot the card.
Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • Adam C.
  • 3/28/2014 1:06:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: - 4gb VRAM
- good scaling from crossfire
- runs eyefinity perfectly on max settings in any game ive tried
- comes with 30mhz overclock standard
- this card really shines if you put it under water
- comes with free BF4 code
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Cons: - stock cooler is pretty much useless (too loud, doesnt remove heat effectively enough)
- stock temps under load are too high
- temp based throttling is stupid

Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 of these back in January of this year for use in a water cooling build. I used them for about a week before installing the watercooling, and while the fans were loud they were not overbearing. Since installing the watercooling loop, these cards have performed flawlessly.

If you are going to buy this card tho, I highly suggest either getting some kind of aftermarket air cooler, or putting a waterblock on it and going the watercooling route. It *needs* better cooling to reach its full potential, but once you eliminate the heat throttling this card cranks.

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  • Garrett S.
  • 3/19/2014 9:36:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -All the standard 290x specs
-30Mhz overclock
-Comes with Battlefield 4 (2 copies, actually)
-At the time of my purchase, the card's price was not inflated, unlike every other vendor's.
-Fan is not that loud. I came from a GTX 670FTW, and it is not appreciably different in volume under load. I play with my open-air chassis PC (InWin D Frame) roughly 3 feet away at head level, and the fan is not audible during a game even in uber mode (quiet mode is essentially silent).
-Card has no issues whatsoever maintaining advertised clocks (1030Mhz), even in quiet mode

Cons: -First card was dead on arrival. Newegg customer service did well getting me a new one. That said, it had the "black screen of death" issue, which is apparently very, very common with these cards.
-All the standard 290x heat (yep, it loads at 93C)

Other Thoughts: Whether you are gaming or mining, this is going to be an impressive card. I don't have an interest in mining myself, but I take comfort in the fact that I could start at any time or sell my card with little loss (or even gain) to someone who is interested. I want to stress again that the fan IS NOT THAT LOUD. I was expecting a turbine, but either driver or bios updates, or some wizardry from Powercolor, has made this a card that is easy to live with. If that is what was holding you back, I would urge you to give it a chance.

One oddity - the "uber mode' does not seem to default to max 55% fan speed, at least not according to overdrive. A different bios, perhaps?

I went ahead and manually allowed that, but it seldom if ever needs to get there, even after a few hours of BF4.

I subtracted one egg because of first DOA card (which is supposedly very common).

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  • Daniel H.
  • 3/11/2014 7:26:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOverall Great Value

Pros: Price (got it for around 400 before the price spikes), has higher stock clock than most other reference 290 cards. Been running strong for months now under constant use, but I go easy on all my cards and always ensure adequate cooling. I waterblocked mine to take full advantage of the card capabilities without throttling.

Cons: Of course depending on the specific application, temps can get rather high and battling this by blasting the fan can help somewhat, but doing so creates a lot of noise and for the power conscience user, increases the power consumption. I also have another 290 Ref. from Gigabyte and I could never get crossfire to work properly between the two. Can't say if it's my particular setup or an incompatibility between the two cards, but I have spent more than enough time just getting all my cards to work correctly in windows and this is just frivolous for my purposes. Card was voltage locked as well, but using afterburner you can fine-tune it to some degree which I found helps with the cards' throttling.

Other Thoughts: The heat problem was my biggest concern, so I bit the bullet and waterblocked both of my 290 cards and it has become a non-issue now, with temps that usually never get over 50C under full load and overclocked, and around 28-30C at idle.

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  • Igor K.
  • 3/7/2014 6:34:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat performance, extremely pool cooler design.

Pros: Very good hashing I am able to achieve 980Kh/s hashing power with CORE:1000 Memory: 1400 I=22 with custom firmware below: MBA_C6710101-100_K2_AGR_STILTMXT_V36.zip (DPM7 - 1.2125V)
Card comes with Epida memory which by itself not the best.

Hashing above 1000 is possible but higher voltage would be necessary to prevent card from being sick.

Cons: The AMD reference design of stock cooler is horrific. I can't ran the card at 99% load for more than 5min fan being 65% sounding like a jet engine and temperature exceeding 92C!!!

The cooling solution design is extremely poor. I'm forced to keep this card sitting idle because new egg doesn't except returns for this hardware, exchange only.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from powercolor. We apologize for the issue that you face with the card. For these high performance card, reaching a temperature of 94 degree Celsius is perfectly normal. You can email me directly at Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com if you have any other concern.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • David C.
  • 2/25/2014 6:29:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Card

Pros: Just have one running and just smashes through all games.
(Bf4,Crysis 2, Total War Rome 2, ESO beta). Games are gorgeous and have new life.

Cons: Maybe a bit warm for some setups, just not mine. I got a good case n cooling

Other Thoughts: Running this in a rig with AMD 8230 8 Core and 8 Gigs of ram. Excellent card and I definitely recommend buying, although I would get the newer cards with improved cooling, because. Why not?

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  • Brendan N.
  • 2/22/2014 12:08:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked.....for 2 weeks

Pros: None so far

Cons: Card was hashing and doing BOINC great for about two weeks. Ran cool and quite.
After about 2 weeks, it stopped giving me a picture on the screen and is dead.


I had to call powercolor because on the application for RMA it said my serial was invalid.
Sent it next day for RMA.
its now been about two weeks and have heard nothing from Powercolor.

So now my computer is just sitting in the corner of the room.

Other Thoughts: I have read other reviews of people having the same problem as me. This card works for a little then dies.
Its been a real pain playing the waiting game, and I know after they FINALLY get back to me, they are going to ship it as slow as possible.

I want to put a water cooling block on this but am worried as soon as I do, its going to die again. And with the water cooling block on it my warranty will be void.

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  • brian a.
  • 2/4/2014 10:32:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsCompany policy

Pros: See comments Below.

Cons: This review is not for this card, but more for the PowerColor version.
I purchased the PowerColor HD6990 card through newegg in November 2011. The company has a 2 year warantee. My card is slightly over the 2 year warantee, and has only seen about a year of use due to my being in the military. So one year of actually using a $700+ video card and it just stops working for no aparent reason. The RMA at PowerColor was clear on the issue, if it's a day over the 2 year mark, its not covered. When asked if i could send it it to them and pay to have it fixed i was told, I could send it in to them, but they would not do repairs and if it wasnt a simple fix, I would have to pay to have it shipped back to me, still broken.
I understand a company having a warantee on an item, and the implications, but there should also be a reasonableness to it. I paid over $700 on a card that I used for one year, then it dies and the company just washes its hands of it. That is NOT good customer service, nor standing behind a product. Its saying 'we lucked out and it died after the deadline, so tough luck to you".

Other Thoughts: Just be warned before you sepnd this much money on an item from PowerColor, if its one day past the 2 years, you just threw away the money. They will not even offer a way to keep a customer satisfied for return business. Sorry to be so negative, but a $700 loss for no reason, no misuse, it just failed to work, and the company saying 'oh well, go buy another' is not a company i would do business with again. Look at the other companies that will offer to at least try to assist, vs looking the other way. They are all roughly the same price, I would purchase one from a company that stands behind its product.

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  • William S.
  • 1/27/2014 11:34:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSome Real Nice R9 290X Cards

Pros: Stock Overclock to 1030mhz starting
4gb GDDR5
512bit Bus for ONE GPU
Decent Price to Performance (Even at the price hikes)
BF4 Coupons
Great Performance and Scaling in CFX
Blows almost all hot air out of case
Decent Overclocking on Both Ram and GPU

Cons: 8 Game Coupon that came with them expired by the time they got to me
Stock cooler is a bit noisy, but no worse then some GPU's ive had in the past (Uber Mode mind you).
1 of my 3 has an issue with the bios in Uber Mode (Clocks itself to 1000mhz vs 1030mhz).

Other Thoughts: The cooler on this card is adequate with the latest Catalyst on uber mode to cool One of these cards and maintain the 1030mhz Clock speed without throttling even after many strenuous benchmarks or BF4 sessions. I bought 3 of these because I run a 3 way Eyefinity monitor setup for gaming and the scaling/multi-GPU performance was better than 3 780ti Scaling in a multi-monitor setup (Scaling meaning CFX scaling over SLI scaling). I read through people testing these things and decided to go with 3 of the powercolor versions since they in my book are one of the top 3 AMD card companies now. They have exceeded my expectations as every game ive thrown at it except for Crysis 3 runs on Ultra at 5760x3240p (3 1080p surround monitors). BF4 runs very well on these cards multiplayer or single and gives me the performance I was looking for. I liquid cooled my cards and managed to overclock them with ease to 1125mhz GPU and 1350 on the ram without really much thought. Ill see later if they can go further, but for now the performance is top notch from these cards and there is no problems what so ever with temps (Mine never exceed in their overclocked states on water above 57C).

With the stock cooler, I tested each card with burn in's for over 2 hours each to make sure there were no issues and benchmarked them. They all stayed around 87C after the 2 hours session with the switch in the Uber mode setting allowing 55% fan speed. I never once got a drop in clocks like this except on one card. The third card only went up to 1gz on the Core clock in Uber mode (Though I manually bumped it to 1030ghz for the testing and it was perfectly stable). In quiet mode on the switch it did read 1030mhz so im unsure why this one is like that but its not big issue for me. When running in CFX (I only tested 2 cards together for this) with the fans I did get a temp with them sitting next to each of about 93C on Uber after 2 hours of testing. Bumping the fan speed to 60% dropped the temps instantly to 86C in CFX with the same testing.

My Rig:
CPU: FX 9590 at 5.0ghz (Not Turbo)
Ram: Gskill Trident X 1899 16gb 2x8gb (Cas Latency 8)
Motherboard: Crosshair V-Z
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
HDD/SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 512gb and Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM
GPU: 3x PowerColor R9 290X with EK Waterblocks @ 1125/1350.

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  • Steven W.
  • 1/26/2014 8:00:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPerformance No Better than R9 290

Pros: None that I can think off compared to other cards.

Cons: Bought two cards for crypto mining. One dead after one hour, the other performed worst than the other 7 R9 290 cards that I purchased earlier from New Egg. Returned both, thinking the other one that works may also be defective.

Replacement came. At least glad that both cards work. However, the performance in terms of hash rate is still 4-5% slower than the other seven R290 cards that I have.

Not happy that I paid $120 more for each of these 290x cards compared to R290 and getting lower hash rate out of them. I tried to get a refund but the purchase term for this card is for replacement only.

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