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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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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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  • 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.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. If you would like a bios update, please email me a picture of the back of the card with the three stickers. Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com.

Best Regards,
Raymond.

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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.

Pros:
- 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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  • will 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
-Quieter
-Cool

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:

IGNORE THE PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT COIL WHINE!

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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