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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 290 DirectX 11.2 AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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  • AMD Eyefinty Technology
  • UEFI Ready. Microsoft Windows 8 Support
  • PCS-Professional Cooling System
  • 2560 Stream Processors

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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.


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AXR9 290X

Learn more about the PowerColor AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

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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 290 4GBD5-PPDHE

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  • James P.
  • 1/27/2016 1:33:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome. :)

Pros: Beast of a Graphics card! :) Very solid build and performance.

Cons: Of course there are some games that are more compatible than others. But this card handles itself quite well.

Other Thoughts: Going strong for almost a year now without a single crash or BSOD. I have a 1000W PSU and all the reviews complaining about this card have a less powerful PSU. Complain all you want but mine works great! If you step up your PSU I'm thinking your R9 290 will work just as well. It's Huge. Measure carefully.

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  • Andrew W.
  • 1/15/2016 10:25:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Powerful Card - Good with 4K

Pros: I purchased this card because I wanted to be able to use my 50" Curved Samsung 4K TV as my monitor. This card works very well with it.
I was even able to run Crysis 3 at all the highest settings except for one specific setting which I had to keep at the second-highest. When I moved it to the highest, there was some noticeable lag, but running a game like Crysis 3 at 4K is no easy task for a single graphics card, so I don't think that is a con.
The three fans are nice and I actually never hear them through my case so the noise level is very minimal from my experience with the card.
This card will work on Win7, 8.1, and 10. I tested it with all three.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: THIS THING IS HUGE!
Also, as far as how hot it usually runs for me, I usually see it running between 65 and 85 C.

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  • 11/29/2015 4:56:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsConstant flickering

Pros: looks good untill.............

Cons: Constant flickering makes watching movie impossible...and starting to crash more and more...

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/14/2015 8:45:54 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Customer Service

Pros: Displays the image to the screen

Cons: Where to even begin talking about the customer service??

I purchased the card in October of 2014, it worked fine for a couple month and began making every annoying rattling and coil wine noises. Powercolor asked me RMA the card after showing a video proof. I paid out of pocket to send the card back to them. After waiting a week (they literally use the slowest shipping available to return the card), I received a R9 290 that is LOWER in clock speed AND memory speed (947MHz clock, 1250MHz memory). I was incensed and called their customer service, who told me the slower card is better because it is a newer model. I asked him to explain to me how slower clock and memory speed makes it better and he just kept on saying "it is better, trust me." I finally got fed up and asked for a manager, at which point he told me they will ship me the PPDHE but I had to return the slower card first. I asked Powercolor to ship me the replacement first, but the rep just said "it is our company policy" to receive the card before shipping the replacement.

I returned the card using a prepaid label and received a replacement after 2 weeks (they use the slowest/cheapest shipping available). The new card they sent me makes extremely loud noises when playing games, even worse than the original I submitted for RMA. I had to provide video proof again and after numerous email, they agreed to allow me to RMA the replacement (2nd one) even though it is clearly defective. However, after they received my RMA, they said the PPDHE model was out of stock in their refurb inventory and I had to wait a few weeks for a replacement.

A MONTH GOES BY and I hear nothing (even though their policy is to ship a replacement in 15 business days). I finally send them an angry email telling them this isn't the appropriate way to deal with customers. On the same day, I receive a replacement has shipping email without a reply from the rep. After a week, I receive the card, which unfortunately has the same issue as the one I just returned, although not as loud. I'm so fed up with the customer service that I'm just going to keep the card than contact them again.

All in all, I was without a GPU for more than 2 months during this whole ordeal. I wish I had just kept my original card with rattling noise, heck, I wish I had never purchased a Powercolor GPU. Please save yourself any brain damage and stay away from this company.

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  • David M.
  • 7/24/2015 12:11:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCheap Cheap Cheap... Terrible Customer Service To Top It Off

Pros: Looks good. Has a backplate. Decent overclock potential.

Cons: The fans were rattling (after no more than 2 months of gaming at stock clocks), so I decided to touch them lightly to stop them from rattling -- big mistake. One fan instantly shattered into pieces, and with the same debris coming from the first fan, broke a couple of fins off the 2nd fan. I contacted Powercolor -- $100 to repair the card. I'd repair the card myself, but they won't send replacement fans and it's nearly impossible to find suitable replacements anywhere.

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  • JOHN H.
  • 7/9/2015 6:49:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot to Shabby

Pros: -Plently of power
-Seems to stay cool
-Runs stable (Now)
-Looks pretty
-Takes up a lot of space, and bigger is always better.

Cons: -Price...
-Not as powerful as I hoped (Upgrade from 5870 which has 1600 streamys and 1G, for reference.)
-Incredibly unstable out of the box
-Haven't tried OC yet because of stability issues.

Other Thoughts: When I received my card, it worked find for a week or so. Then it started crashing about once per day. It wasn't to much of a hassle, except with every crash, the frequency increased until it crashed about every 15 minutes I tried many things to make sure it wasn't my fault, including down clocking it.

After contacting PowerColor, they threw me a firmware update that fixed the crashing instantly. Though, I'm not sure what the issue really was. I still feel like my card is way underpowered and it in no way hits the marks reported by others...

Oh well tho, still works so I'm happy.

CPU - Vishera 8350 (4.7gz stable) H110 cooler
Mobo - ASUS Crosshair V Formula-z
Ram - G.Skill Tridant X (32G @2133mhz)
GPU- PowerColor R9 290 4g
PSU -SeaSonic Platinum 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Cert
Rosewill BlackHawk-Ultra Tower

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  • A B.
  • 6/14/2015 11:16:28 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDon't listen to a review by anyone with a 750W or less PSU

Pros: Card runs great, performs as it should, can even be tweaked for some minor over clocking. Plays crysis 3 at 60+ fps(I have my frames capped at 60. on ultra settings with 3 monitors with absolute ease.

So far I have owned this guy for a year and has not let me down once.

Cons: None. If you know what you are buying, how to build a computer PROPERLY and how to configure your system effectively, this card will be all you ever need.

Other Thoughts: DOA reviews are useless. They do not help a person evaluate a product as one in 50 products from any given company will be DOA.


They make the mental mistake of thinking that just because they have 300W of headroom, that the card will perform on a 650W PSU.
Computer components cause millisecond spikes in power, that even the best power supply meters do not pick up. These spikes are every few seconds and can range from from 25W(USB devices) to 1000W(Extreme graphics cards).
These power spikes are managed by capacitors in your power supply. However, should you not have a sufficient power supply for the job, one with a good warranty, a good 80plus rating and a wattage at least 200W over the rating of THE COMBINED MAX WATTAGE OF ALL PARTS in your computer, you will have regular spikes where your power supply will not be able to keep up. As a result, any devices that use lower power, will crash... SSD's and USB devices are always first.

Capcitor aging is another thing to keep in mind.
If you have a 5 year old platinum plus 850W psu, I wouldn't buy this card. Upgrade your PSU first. Because Caps age, and loose their max capacity, and as such, after about 5 years, that PSU can handle spikes to maximum of about 700W.

Be smart, and stop whining when you buy the wrong parts and expect everything to be peachy.

Again, to reiterate, a 650W psu, is NEVER EVER EVER enough for a high end gaming card.

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  • Steve S.
  • 6/9/2015 11:33:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnstable

Pros: For the price you can do a lot with it.

Cons: Crashes way too much.

Other Thoughts: I've had it for just under a month and already three blue screens. Smh can't really recommend it.

Manufacturer Response:


We apologize regarding your experience with the video card.

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

Thank you,
PowerColor Support

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  • Steve S.
  • 6/8/2015 2:29:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsreally good

Pros: never,never,never failed. Been running 24/7 for 4 months straight. very good cooler, 69C max seen with gpu-z after 4hrs of Witcher 3. Back in the day a $250 card was so-so, not any more. Buy it, and I dare you to RMA it.

Cons: default fan profile loud, but headphones or MSI Afterburner will do.

Other Thoughts: If youy are at 1080p like me, DON'T let a 980TI temp you. This card is bad***for 1/3 the price.

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  • john b.
  • 6/1/2015 12:06:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Works as Intended so far no bsod that's Black screens of death as of yet unlink the sapphire card that took for ever to get a bios update.
I am pleased..

Cons: no cons

Other Thoughts: Thank you power color.. and The egg

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