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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

  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Robert F.
  • 12/9/2014 10:14:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very fast so far haven't pushed the card to its limits. Runs 300fps lol max settings without breaking a sweat. so far have not seen fans run full speed.

Cons: it is a heavy card considering its heat sink design which is a plus just make sure not to put to much stress on motherboard

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  • Paul A.
  • 12/8/2014 10:57:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card

Pros: Fast but cooler than a lot of R9 290x cards. More than twice as fast as the 6950 it replaced. Was cheap when I bought it.

Cons: Gets a little loud under load.

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  • Craig L.
  • 11/6/2014 10:57:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOne of the best coolers

Pros: -Nice looking cooler design.
-Excellent stock cooling performance, right up their with the MSI Lightning and Sapphire Tri-X.
-Factory overclock is stable on all benchmarks.
-All VRAM chips are covered by the unisink so no risk of memory artifacting.

Cons: -Auto fan curve is loud compared to Tri-X, Vapor-X, and the Lightning. It would be nice if PowerColor updated the BIOS so the fans don't spin as loud under the auto fan profile since the cooler is capable of dissipating so much heat at only 40% fan speed. This would also help the fans last longer.

-My first card was defective. Even after the BIOS update it still exhibited the infamous "r9 290/290x black screen" problem. Newegg RMA was quick to respond and the replacement works fine.

Other Thoughts: Stock cooling profile was too loud for me so I had to use MSI Afterburner to set a custom fan curve. Even at 40% fan speed under full load the gpu never gets above 72C. VRMs stay under 90C under max load in Unigine and MMO benchmarks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/25/2014 9:38:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsAwesome when it works

Pros: -I play star citizen and I get zero lag! Finally I can play star citizen.
-runs at 60 C dont know if thats ok but it shows green
-Can run everything at max settings
-Seemed like a good price

Cons: -I get a black screen sometimes where I can still here sound but the screen is black. I have to hard reboot.

Other Thoughts: I really need something reliable and I question whether this card is quality because of my problem. I am in the process of contacting there support will update when I find out how good there customer service is. If the problem is easily fixed then I will change to 5 stars even though there QA is in question.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Please email me at and we can try to resolve the issue.

Best Regards,

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  • Vincent B.
  • 9/25/2014 5:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor Quality

Pros: Card looks very nice and is a great price

Cons: The first time I pushed this card in game, the fans on the cooling unit started to chatter. While at idle, it is great, but as soon as a graphics intensive load was thrown its way, it was greatly disappointing. Judging by the number of other people who have had this problem, this can only be caused by extremely poor quality control and production. I will never buy another Powercolor product again.

Other Thoughts: A representative from PowerColor tried to tell me that the chatter from the fans was actually coil whine; not even close.

NewEgg is amazing. I do all of my tech shopping here because they are great to work with.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Coil Whine is normal on high end card. If you have any more concern, please email me at

Best Regards,

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  • Ryan S.
  • 9/21/2014 5:56:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy this card... waste of money.

Pros: Card plays games really good in comparison to the GTX 570 or two 6950's I had (even with the bios swap to to the 6970).

Did not come in DOA.

That's it...

Cons: The card is having problems. I am running the latest driver and it gave me a BSOD. I checked out what the BSOD pointed towards and it is the ATI driver.

Here is the log file through Whocrashed....

On Mon 9/22/2014 12:24:52 AM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\memory.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: atikmdag.sys (atikmdag+0xC7DBB)
Bugcheck code: 0x7E (0xFFFFFFFFC0000005, 0xFFFFF8008EB85DBB, 0xFFFFD0010B0C6128, 0xFFFFD0010B0C5930)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\atikmdag.sys
product: ATI Radeon Family
company: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
description: ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver
Bug check description: This bug check indicates that a system thread generated an exception that the error handler did not catch.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: atikmdag.sys (ATI Radeon Kernel Mode Driver, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.).
Google query: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED

Other Thoughts: This is the first product that I have HAD to put a bad review about, EVER!

Everything was going stable until today (9/21/14). All I was doing was running Microsoft Word 2013. I have no viruses (I make sure I do not with all of the tools I have including Combofix, Hitmanpro, JRT, Adwcleaner, and Malwarebytes).

It's not my OC on my processor because it has a stable overclock from 3.5Ghz to 4.5Ghz that I made sure was stable in Prime95. Absolutely no errors and the temps are stable. It is not my processor and the only thing it would be is the graphics card especially with ATI's driver crashing my system.

I cannot get a refund on a product that cost me around $470 that has an obvious defect. I believe people should be allowed to get their money back on a product due to issues like this. Now I am going to have a $470 paper weight that I will be constantly having to talk with the manufacturer to keep fixing. That is bad business on the manufacturers part and Newegg. If a product is defective a customer should have the right to get their money back. It's NOT their fault that they received a bad card.

If I cannot get a refund, expect me never to purchase from you guys again. It's been great and all but it's TERRIBLE business to not let someone have their money back.

System Specs:
i7-3770K OC to 4.5Ghz
ASUS Sabertooth Z77
16GB G.SKILL Sniper Series @ 2133Mhz
ULTRA X4 1050 Watt PSU
annnnnd... this card.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. Please go to our website and submit a RMA. We will have some troubleshooting tips for you.

Best Regards,

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  • Nathaniel L.
  • 9/8/2014 2:19:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcelent

Pros: Nice overclock and great overclocker
stays cool
performs like a champ
great features
nice backplate

Cons: the only con that I have is the blue screens of death. I thought others were just whining and I didn't get one for a while, soon as I got one they all kept coming. It doesn't happen every day but it does happen enough to be bothersome.

Manufacturer Response:


This is Raymond from PowerColor. Please ensure that your psu is at least 750 watts that can supply at least 33 amps of power. If your psu cannot supply enough power, you can get crashing issue as stated. If you have any further issues, you can email me at

Best Regards,

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/15/2014 9:56:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, great card

Pros: *Great design
*Great cooling system, one of only few cards with 3 fan cooling and heat sink covering whole card.
*Only card at the time with a factory back plate.( not really important but looks better and cleaner).
*Comes with a mild overclock out of box, and is tuned with the cooler well so it stays cool.

Cons: *Card is a bit long, about 1.5" longer than my 7970,may cause an issue in some smaller cases, was not an issue in my Azza solano 1000 full tower.
* Don't count on getting rebate back anytime soon if at all, I bought this card 2 months ago and sent the rebate out a week after purchase to make sure card was not going to give any issues, registered on website etc. and nothing not even a word. The rebate was part of the reason I bought this card, and it was a $30 rebate so yeah I wanted it, other wise I would have bought another brand, next time I may go with a different company.
* Warranty period is only 3 years, which I have not had an issue with any powercolor products and ive owned 3, usually by 3 years im upgrading anyway so its not so important.

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  • Marc S.
  • 8/11/2014 12:25:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X

Pros: -Very High performance for the price. As of this writing it is an Awesome Value!!!
-Great cooling system, card stays cool.
-Not very noisy during normal gaming.
-One of the highest rated single GPU cards at this time
-Comes with a BACK PLATE! No Sag in case/pcie slot

Cons: At this time I can not think of a single con. I am really happy with this purchase.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X graphics card to replace two CrossFired Radeon HD 7870. I no longer have any crossfire issues and all games play smoother and I can actually say this cards gives me more performance than the crossfired HD7870s ever did. Believe it when someone tells you one high end GPU is better than 2 crossfired middle of the field GPUs.

I play a lot of iRacing and I use 3 screens in EyeFinity with all eye candy on, graphics settings maxed out and I see 175-280 FPS depending on the track at 1080p. Temps never go higher than 68C in a 25C room temp for this game.

Comes Overclocked from PowerColor at 1050MHZ core clock and 1350MHz on the Mem Clock but there's more room!

I can actually get 1150MHz on core clock with 1500 on Mem Clock and see and 7%-9% gain in performance depending on game or benchmark.

Some benchmarks:

Unigine Valley Basic Extreme preset:
Stock clock 76.6 FPS 3205 score
O/C 1150 Core 1500 mem 82.2 FPS 3440 score

Firestrike Basic:
Stock clock, score of 9332
O/C 1140 Core 1400 Mem score of 9825

Dirt Showdown Ultra settings 5760 x 1080p
Stock clock 51.01 avg FPS
1150 core 1500 mem. 54.1 FPS

Tomb Raider 2013 Ultra settings 5760 x 1080p:
Stock Clock 41.6 Avg FPS
O/C 1150 core 1500 Mem 45.5 Avg FPS

I have yet to see higher temps than 72C on any benchmark. I house this GPU in a NZXT Switch 810 case with a total of 12 fans which I run at middle speeds when I game.

I have not heard any coil whine from this graphics card. I see no need to update the Bios.

You can purchase this graphics card with confidence. I know I am really glad I did.

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  • William M.
  • 8/2/2014 8:54:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: It can run Battlefield 4 on max out video settings with no problems and "wow" the game looks & runs great! I got this card for under $500. Had the card in the case in less than 15 min and over clock to my custom settings.

Cons: So far none.

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