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

  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1030MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0

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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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Customer Reviews of the PowerColor AXR9 290X 4GBD5-MDHG/OC

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2015 3:05:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent choice for water cooling

Pros: Reference PCB with a slight OC from Powercolor. Perfect for water cooling!

Cons: The reference cooler offers the bare minimum cooling, and delivers it very loudly. Its almost as though this product exists solely for those who wish to remove the reference cooler and replace it with something else.

Other Thoughts: I paired this with an HG10 A1 and an H80i in a 250D case (H80i radiator and fans replace the default intake fan). Great combo! The fan from the reference cooler is retained with the HG10, and manages to keep VRM2 cool without having to make a bunch of noise at load. VRM1 still gets pretty hot, but hasn't crashed yet. I added a small low noise/cfm fan to blow directly onto VRM1 to keep it cool.

One thing of note, is I thought this card was defective due to a bunch of artifacts right off the bat. White dots all over my screens (triple monitor setup), displays disconnecting randomly, etc. I was very disappointed.

I had been using a mini-displayport to 3 DisplayPort MST hub with my 7970 (which uses mini-displayport), and hadn't had any problems. In order to continue using the hub, I had to purchase a Displayport --> mini-displayport adapter cable to run from the 290X to the MST hub.

Apparently, the adapter cable was not carrying/converting the signal properly, and was the root cause of the artifacting and signal issues.

Connecting my monitors directly to the DP and DVI ports on the card resolved this issue, so I would definitely recommend considering this if it appears this card is defective right out of the box.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 1/2/2015 8:50:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card, use fan profiles for heating issues

Pros: I purchased this card from Powercolor after having to return two cards from HIS (those cards were giving me constant BSODS within 30 seconds of starting any game).
This card performs extremely well, and can wipe the floor with any game so far. I game on a UltraWide monitor @ 2560 x 1080

Cons: Not really a con, since this is a known fact, but this card can get a bit loud at times when in heavy use. I play with heaphones though, so it is not much of an issue for me.

Other Thoughts: Most of the negative reviews on this card are "this card is so loud" or "this card is so hot" etc etc... Seriously, this is a known fact all over the internet. Stop giving a product a bad rating just because you failed to research and read properly.
And the guy who bought a refurbished card, your review has no place in a "new" card's page. Review your refurbished product on its own page!

Now that the rant is over... If you use MSI afterburner to set a fan profile, this card will keep itself cool very well, with a bit of noise depending on how heavily you game.

My fan profile is set to 30 degrees @ 40% fan speed, and 90 dgrees @ 100% fan speed.
Might seem aggressive, but my fan is always 10% over the temperature... It actually keeps the card pretty darn cool with this setup, fan rarely, ever goes past 50-60% (preventative cooling with the aggressive profile). If it does, then you are playing some super intensive game.

I am currently running this card overclocked to 1150 core and 1350 memory.

Getting a 2nd one for crossfire.

I have been building systems for 15 years, so I have a lot of experience with all kinds of hardware. Additionally, I'm a certified PC technician and own my own PC business.

In short, I know very well what I'm talking about.

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  • Steven B.
  • 10/13/2014 12:42:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsHeadache

Pros: Powerful card, decent price, reference cooler seems good enough never went over 79c under full load with fan never having to go over 60%.

Cons: I purchased this product refurbished, upgrading from SLI 660, wiped my drivers and registries and could not get this card to cooperate, constant black screens during games, no temp spikes or gpu load spikes, didn't even have it over clocked, tried every trick I could find online. Reformated my computer, card ran better but still would show black screen computer lock ups with hot pink and green squares all over the screen. I tried over 15 different drivers for this card, everyone might fix one problem but presented another, even made my mouse look like a barcode at one point where i had to uninstall mouse drivers, hard reset pc and let windows install the new driver on start up just for it to happen 30 min later. with the newest drivers(14.9) it seemed like it was doing better but by this time my RMA was almost up so i sent it back, lost a lot of time and energy fooling around with this card. Not giving this card another chance, rolling back to Nvidia.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. In the future, please contact me for any troubleshooting help.

Best Regards,

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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:


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.

Best Regards,

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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

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: (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:


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 if you have any other concern.

Best Regards,

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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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