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PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Konstantin L.
  • 7/29/2014 5:07:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSo many BSOD's!

Pros: Seemed like a good card.

Cons: BSOD after BSOD... I would like to try the bios update people have been bringing up here, but where can I download it? The manufacturer's website has nothing on it.

Other Thoughts: Wish I could return this thing.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/20/2014 7:43:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic once the bios are updated

Pros: This is a total power house of a card and for me in my HAF 912 it never goes over 75 degrees on the quiet bios setting

Cons: This card can be noisey under full load but after updating the bios on the card you will be fine. Also this card is massive easily 13 inches long so take that into account. I had to dent in my top part of my drive cage to make it fit

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  • Jeremie L.
  • 7/17/2014 10:06:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply, a giant beast

Pros: After owning the video card for over a month, I have to say that I'm blown away by its quality and performance. I didn't buy the card to look at it. I bought the card to do heavy rendering and run huge games.

- I like its visual design.
- The card runs anything that I open without flinching: UE4 Editor, newest games, rendering.

I don't feel like there's no other pros to add. You don't buy a video card for better sound, right? It runs things at max setting without problems, has no framedrop when spamming fire particles in UE4 and thus doing with it's supposed to do: render frames fast.

Cons: After reading reviews around, I started feeling like people were asking too much to the card. When you buy this card, you are buying a beast. It WILL be loud and take a lot of power. It's not a problem here since my power supply is powerful and I have headphones on my head whenever I work at my computer. Result: I barely hear the huge pile of spinning fans that is my computer tower (including the three from the video card).

Furthermore, the card is HUGE. Again not a problem with a Full ATX Tower... however I might try to take some measurements if your tower is smaller so you don't get bad surprises. I barely have four inches left between it and my hard drive tray.

At first, the R9 290x from Powercolor used to crash my computer from time to time. However I realized that it is not the video card itself but the most recent drivers. Downgrading them down to 13.12 and it still runs everything at max without BSOD.

At the end they are definitely cons, but they are so minor for me that it doesn't affect the final rating. When I bought this card, I was expecting it to be like so.

Cons, in a nutshell:
- It is huge. It fits fine in my Full Tower but I don't guarantee for your smaller ones.
- It takes a lot of power... but this is predictable considering how powerful the card is.
- It's a bit loud... no surprise again because of the three fans.
- It used to crash with the newest drivers. Reverted back to 13.12 and it works like a charm.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend the R9 290x from Powercolor to anyone that is looking for a good video card that won't let them down after a single game of Battlefield 4.

Again, the card is HUGE, LOUD and takes a lot of POWER, but this is not a problem for people who wants a good card and doesn't care about it being so. When you buy a powerful video card, you want something that shreds through the frame rendering in no time, not something that looks good in your tower and is silent... Though it does look good.

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  • william b.
  • 7/16/2014 7:22:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad but very loud

Pros: It cools very well and looks nice. The build quality feels great.

Cons: It's LOUD! On a scale of 1-10 the Reference model is a 10 as far as noise, this I would put at a 9. It's just as loud but the pitch is lower.

Other Thoughts: Don't run it in crossfire and you might be ok if noise bothers you. Anything over 50% fan speed starts getting bad.

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  • Josh H.
  • 7/15/2014 4:12:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressed

Pros: -Price
-Factory Overclocked
-Board is reference design

Cons: Some people will put coil whine here as a con. If you don't understand coil whine do yourself a favor and google it. It does happen and if your unfamiliar with it, it can be confusing. If you get this card, you will only hear it if you do not use vsync and some game menu or something is running at like 3kfps or something. The only time I heard it out of these cards was during the stress test after i removed the fans and put on waterblocks. My pc is so quiet you don't even know its on. If you use this card with the fan that comes on it, that alone will prob drown out any whine. Like I said, my computer is literally silent and if i make the cards whine(by forcing 100% usage in furmark) I can only hear the sound if the room is dead silent and I mute any game/music i have going. If you want to hear the coil whine in these cards, you will have to
a. Force it to whine in the first place either with stress testing software, or by playing a game without limiting your framerate with msi afterburner or vsync

b. Make the room dead quiet so that if it does whine, you will be able to get right up against your pc and hear it.

I'm putting alot of extra info here on this b/c people complaining a/b the whine almost deterred me from buying this card. My pc is literally less than 1.5 inches from my keyboard on my left side. Its not under my desk or on the floor by my desk, its a smaller mid tower with lots of custom mods, so I have a special setup to keep it in view so that i get extra nerd credit when my friends come over. I only mention this to really get this point across. My comp makes 0 sound. The only moving part in it is a waterpump, and its sitting on rubber and the inside of the case is lined with a thin dampening pad. No cdrom, no mechanical hard drive. If I want to let a friend hear how loud the coil wine is, I have to run furmark to get it to whinein the first place, then everyone has to make no sound(even walking on carpet is loud enough he prob cant hear it, then he has to BEND OVER right next to the computer to even hear it.

To sum it up:


Other Thoughts: First time to buy powercolor. I picked powercolor because i needed a reference board to make sure my waterblock would line up with all the screw holes. I got 2 and stressed them both for 3 days before installing them in a custom water loop.(just to make sure they were good to go, would hate to have to redo the loop b/c of a bad card)

Once in the loop I turned the core clock straight to 1150mhz, stressed again. They ran for 4 hours in furmark no probs, highest temp was 51 c and the overclock gave me a 12ish % fps increase. Never tried anything higher so I dunno where their cap is.

Overall I was very impressed, I had my doubts having never bought from them before. The name Powercolor doesn't really carry the same "assumed quality" msi and asus does, but the card outpowers the asus 290x for less money. I can't comment much on the cooling system since i removed them. I ran all the stress tests before ever installing them in the case, but they seemed pretty quiet. If there was going to be an issue with the cooling system, it probably would have been related to its ungodly size rather than its noise level.

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  • Robert A.
  • 7/15/2014 12:40:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good!

Pros: Fast as hell, quiet, cool running.

Cons: Big - bigger than the very big Gigabyte GTX 770 it's replacing, but not by as much as I thought it would be from the reviews.

Other Thoughts: First, a question - does anyone know what the current BIOS version should read in GPU-Z? I see this has been an issue with some other reviewers and want to make sure I'm up to date.

Now for my review....

After all the negative reviews of the R9 290X with the reference cooler, and owning a Powercolor Tahiti LE card that is both ridiculously loud and ridiculously hot, I was a little worried about potential heat and noise issues with this one. The Tom's Hardware review said it was a great solution for both issues so I decided at this price/performance point, I'll give it a chance... Good call so far, because it's fast, cool, and even quieter than the Gigabyte GTX770 card it's replacing. Powercolor did a great job on it.

A couple of notes. They list a 750W PSU as "required" in the specs - I call bull. I have a power meter running on the computer and I've run 3D Mark and beat it up good with Far Cry 3, and it hasn't *peaked* much over 450W, average is around 350W during intense GPU usage. Maybe for Crossfire it requires a 750W PSU, but no way for single-card. The PDF manual downloadable from the website for this series says 500W, that sound more realistic.

AMD's Gaming Evolved app picked pretty ridiculous settings for FC3, using the "quality" settings my game stuttered like mad and I thought I made a bad decision for a while until I figured out it was a simple matter of changing the anti-aliasing from 8x to 4x and then it was glassy smooth. I have an i7 4770K @ 4.3GHz with 32GB of 2400Mhz memory in addition to this monster graphics card, so IMO they need to fine tune the app a bit, their recommended settings shouldn't any game suck on this hardware. If you've allowed it to optimize games for quality and they don't perform as expected, you may want to experiment with manually turning down the more demanding ones to tweak it properly. The "balanced" and "performance" optimization settings were biased ridiculously in the opposite direction - video quality settings it can easily handle at a very high frame rate are toned way down to medium or low quality. I haven't tried any other games as I just got the card last night and was trying to torture test it.

VERY annoying - using a DisplayPort cable doesn't wake up the monitor properly after sleep, you have to unplug the cable and plug it back in, which makes it redetect the display and jacks up your desktop arrangement when it switches in and out of low res. Using a DVI-D cable has no such issue. As I cannot attribute this to the card specifically (I got the cable the same day as the card so I never used it with the GTX 770), I am not deducting any points for it. After some research I think this may be a DisplayPort issue and not the card's fault.

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  • Alexsander M.
  • 7/9/2014 6:54:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent card.

Pros: It's fast, low temp. Runs Star Citizen/Arena Commander/Hangar with zero issues at 1920x1080.

Cons: It's huge, had to literally play Tetris with it tio get it to fit in my case.

Other Thoughts: It's definitely an excellent card. I upgraded from a EVGA 660ti superclocked. Frame rates in Thief doubled. My monitor is 60hz so I run vsync on at all times. But for benchmarking, it's fine as high as 90fps in Thief for me, runs ARMA3 with no problem.

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  • 7/7/2014 8:01:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMonster

Pros: This card is a MONSTER, I ended up having to buy a new case because it would not fit in my old case, Of course I found this out once I installed my power supply, motherboard, and had everything assembled. I suggest checking fitment first. So far I have had no issues other than the latest driver (14.4) seems to be a bit buggy with Wolfenstein The New Order The Beta driver seems to work ok. My last videocard was a powercolor and I never had a problem with it so that is part of the reason that I chose another one (plus it came with a free Samsung 840 EVO SSD)

Cons: HUGE card

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  • HAIL B.
  • 7/5/2014 8:37:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsNot enought words

Pros: Cooling: Powercolor was not kidding when they said the card uses Professional Cooling Solution PLUS. If you are looking for Radeon 290X with one of the coolest card, PCS+ 290x is the one. PCS+ Keeps the 290X at very low temperatures as compare to other competitors e.g. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI etc weather its IDLE or Full Load. Even during stress test temperatures never go above 74c.

OverClock: From factor this card already comes overclocked to 1050MHz. And I was able to OC it further bu +90MhZ.

Size: Even though this card uses one of the best cooling solution, the Low Temperatures comes at price. The price is paid by utilizing 3 Slots in your Case. While I am not bothered by this at all.

Quality: When you are holding this Card in your hands, it just SCREAMS quality with 3x beautiful Fans, which are not very laud unless you are running at 100% speed.

This is one of the best AMD GPU i have ever owned and Powercolor did a great job enhancing the drawbacks of this GPU. I am very proud going with POWERCOLOR.

Cons: Utilize 3x Slots in your case but this is one of the coolest 290X you can buy at suitable price.

Other Thoughts: If you are in Market for 290X, this card is high recommend. And Newegg is already here with free shipping and not to mention 3x FREE GAMES.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/1/2014 11:18:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBuyer beware

Pros: Stays very cool
Best aftermarket cooler imo
Performs well AFTER bios update

Cons: Needs bios update out of the box
Under performs until updated
Crossfire may be a problem with such a bulky card

Other Thoughts: Though updating is a simple process, having to email the company for "working" bios right of the box is pretty ridiculous if say.

This is the second powercolor 290x I've gotten from newegg, the first had to be rmaed because of flicker. Both needed bios to perform as they should stock.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Rest assure, that our newer batch of cards will come with the updated bios. If anything else should arise, you can email me at

Best Regards,

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