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

  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1050MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • PCI Express 3.0

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AXR9 290X

Max. Thermal Ability - PCS+ Trio Fan Cooling Design

Efficient Trio Fan Design:
Provides the best air flow and easily takes away heat from the cooling fin.

Two Sets of Aluminum Cooling Fins:
Offer immense cooling surfaces which fully cover the PCB, increasing the thermal efficiency.

Five-Piece Total Heat Pipe Design:
4-Piece 6Ø heat pipes and 1-piece 8Ø heat pipe design delivers the best cooling effect and provides the best heat conductivity efficiency.

Max. Performance / Stability

Digital PWM: Decreases the ripple and enhances power efficiency
DirectFET: Minimizes conduction losses
Multi-Phase Design: 7 Total phases board power design enhances power efficiency and stability.


AXR9 290X

GCN Architecture
A new design for AMD's unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.

AXR9 290X

AMD Eyefinty Technology
Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.

AXR9 290X

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.

AXR9 290X

AMD HD3D Technology
Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies
Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.

AXR9 290X

AMD CrossFire™ Technology
Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability
Increase our gaming performance up to 2 times with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75 times for TriFire configurations, or 3.75 times with QuadFire configs.

AXR9 290X

Microsoft DirextX® 11.2
Get intense gaming performance and unrivaled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery.

AXR9 290X

AMD HD Media Accelerator
Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.

AXR9 290X

AMD PowerPlay™ Technology
AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.

AXR9 290X

AMD PowerTune Technology
Maximizes performance under load conditions by dynamically increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused TDP headroom. Also allows users to configure their own TDP limit, within a provided range, for even higher performance or more power efficiency.

AXR9 290X

PCI Express 3.0
Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for a faster GPU.

AXR9 290X

PCS-Professional Cooling System
The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

AXR9 290X

Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
GDDR5 Memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.

AXR9 290X

Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.


What's in the Box?

AXR9 290X

Learn more about the PowerColor AXR9 290X 4GBD5-PPDHE

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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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-PPDHE

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  • Kevin B.
  • 5/17/2015 9:50:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice GPU. after a little trouble

Pros: Runs most any game on ultra really well with Oculus Rift. so far i love it. runs nice and cool.

Cons: -its a bit loud. but i play with headphones so that doesn't really matter to me.

Other Thoughts: i initially got a "bad card", would bosd my comp when taking any sort of load. talked with PowerColor support for about 2 weeks on ways to fix it and troubleshoot it. they were helpful and responsive. but they instructed me to upgrade the bios along with instructions on how to do it. the bios update rendered my card inoperable. THEY MADE ME PAY FOR THE REPLACEMENT!!! that really got me mad. so only concern here would be PowerColor.

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  • Lara Z.
  • 5/14/2015 8:41:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding GPU

Pros: Card runs very cool and quiet, I can overclock it to 1200mhz core and with the fan at 60% it stays around 72c under full load and is still quiet.

Cons: None other than it takes up 3 slots but I do not mind since the cooler is awesome.

Other Thoughts: To the guy complaining about temps and noise... you probably have poor case airflow and and a very cramped tower. You cant blame the cards cooing on a shoddy setup.

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  • Leah E.
  • 5/11/2015 5:07:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnhappy

Pros: It's a 290X
temps 74c under full load for hours on end

Cons: Horrible Fan rattle, $500 card with .10 cent fans.
It is so bloody loud and im sure i will have 100% failure within a year.

The PCS+ cooling system is quite poor and i was not at all impressed and it also takes 3 full slots on my board unlike any other 290X on the market that only use 2.5 slots.

Other Thoughts: Buy another brand, the warranty here is also well below industry standards.

Garbage build quality
The fan are terrible and the cooler is over sized

This was your one shot to impress me powercolor, never again will i buy a product from you

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  • Christopher W.
  • 5/8/2015 11:23:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIts an alright card

Pros: -Back plate for rigidity
-Cooling performance
-Great looks
-Performs very well

Cons: -size, I couldn't fit this card in many cases with the back plate the size it is.
-weight, this card is hefty!
-Coil Whine and a knocking fan, could be just an issue for my card only, but the first fan closest to the bracket knocks on a lower RPM but is fine on high RPM's.

Other Thoughts: My fans typically run around 1500 RPM's and the noise gets rather annoying. It is much more bearable with side panel on my case, but i like the side off of my case, for now, so it's a big reason why this doesn't have 5 eggs. Another issue was the size, I knew the size before buying one, I even measured! The downside was when i went to put it in my case, I had to do some modding to make it fit. I swapped cases and it still doesn't fit. I managed to squeeze this bad boy into an old case from the early 2000's which i tossed for a Cooler Master Ammo 533. It fits fine in there without both cages.

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  • jason d.
  • 5/7/2015 1:09:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked great for a while

Pros: Played games great with high settings

Cons: Getting black screen lockups now. Also is Very loud and gets hot quick. Not something i would of expected with a card ive owned for less then 1 year and don't play many games on it or for extended periods of time

Manufacturer Response:


We apologize regarding your experience with the video card.

If you have not done so already, please email and our technician will help with the troubleshooting.

Thank you,
PowerColor Support

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  • Rohit D.
  • 4/20/2015 5:39:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet, cool and powerful. Will play almost all games on ultra settings 1080p at 60 fps.

Cons: Zero head-room for overclocking. Even a little clock boost will result in artifacts popping up everywhere.
No sticker :(
Cannot get a refund. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: A good card made by a great company but I do have buyer's remorse though. I should've bought the GTX 980 instead.

Manufacturer Response:

I'm glad you like the card. Regards, Powercolor

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  • David H.
  • 4/3/2015 5:26:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card - may be too much for older MB

Pros: Runs cool, fast, and is relatively quiet (quieter than previous 6870). I game at 1920x1080 and can crank everything up to max.

Cons: I had a problem with my older 785 chip set MB where the computer would randomly restart or the driver would crash - often while just browsing or working on a spreadsheet, but also in games as well. Almost sent the card back, but came across a post where someone increased their minimum 2D GPU and memory clocks using ASUS GPU Tweak (I used GPU settings of 450mhz vs. stock 300mhz and memory at 600mhz minimum). As long as GPU Tweak was running I had absolutely no crashes or restarts. I closed GPU Tweak as a test and the computer restarted in less than 10 minutes. I was weighing an upgraded MB and getting a FX8350 - picked up the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 (better power delivery and features than the 785 board) and the FX8350 (on a NewEgg deal) and it's been completely stable without GPU Tweak.

Manufacturer Response:

It's a good, stable model graphic card. Regards, PowerColor Customer Service

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  • Sheldon S.
  • 3/16/2015 10:57:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPretty Good Product, Terrible Support

Pros: The card works as advertised, though it runs hot and loud. It runs Dragon Age: Inquisition beautifully on full settings; however...

Cons: after 2 hours or so, it resulted in my computer overheating. I can probably fix this by changing my fan config, but this will not help with the noise. Worse yet, it's been 4 months and I can't get them to send my $30 rebate. I'm calling newegg now to see if they can help, but I've tried calling and emailing over the past two weeks to no avail.

Manufacturer Response:


We apologize regarding your experience with the video card.

If you have not done so already, please email and our technician will help with the troubleshooting.

Thank you,
PowerColor Support

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  • Edgardo R.
  • 3/16/2015 7:15:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat replacement for my 2 970GTX!

Pros: -Overclocks like crazy (13% FPS gain!)
-Runs cool (No more than 67c overclocked)
-No Coil while or ground loop issues
-FPS: Can play all the newest games (Wolfenstein, Metal gear, Shadow of mondor,etc) at least 30 FPS in 4K all settings max, but the shadows (normal).
-Has real 4GB VRAM, great for game development and 4K gaming!
-Price: I got it on sale for about $50-70 cheaper than a 970GTX! Great Value for your money!
-FXAA: I love AMD FXAA compared to NVIDIAs

Cons: -Power: this thing is hungry for power, it requires almost the same amount of power as my 2 970 SLI so at the very least a 750w power supply is recommended.
-Drivers/default voltage: At default settings I would get random freezes/crashes, funny thing is after playing with overclock setting and increasing the input voltage by a tiny bit (mV) , the card works much more stable. No crashes or random freezes in the last week of heavy use for gaming/game development occurred.
-Brand: This is my first PowerColor product ever, to tell you the truth I didn't even know what PowerColor was 1 month ago. So I can't talk about the longevity of the product, quality or their customer support yet; but so far so good.

Other Thoughts: I'm one of those guys who returned their 970GTX because of the VRAM debacle. I had 2 970GTX in SLI, which while the max FPS of 2 970 was much higher than one 290x, the average is not that different (at 4k). Also I must say that the FPS using one 290x is much more stable (+- 7FPS) compare to 2 970GTX SLI (+-40!FPS). For example in Shadow of Mondor my FPS using 2 970GTX SLI could be anywhere from 85FPS down to 27FPS, meanwhile with the 290x the FPS are anywhere from 43-36 and since I lock my FPS at 30, the game feels more solid playing it on one 290x than 2 970 GTX.

Playing games at 30FPS is not optimal, but since there's really no single videocard that can run 4k games at 60fps(not even the 980GTX) this is as good as it gets today.

Manufacturer Response:

If you have any questions regarding your graphic card, you can email

Powercolor Support

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  • Brady C.
  • 3/13/2015 11:43:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood GPU for the price

Pros: -Super powerful
-Good cooling
-Looks good
-Has a backplate

Cons: Not sure if it's coil whine or what but whenever it's under load there's a low yet slightly irritating buzz coming from the GPU. It isn't a problem while gaming with headphones on but when you stop playing the noise lingers for about five minutes. Also this thing is huge. It was hard to fit it right into my case and even then it sags a little bit. Not a big problem but it may set some people on edge.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would say this is a solid graphics card (for now, time will tell) and I would definitely recommend this.

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