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

  • AMD Eyefinty Technology
  • UEFI Ready. Microsoft Windows 8 Support
  • PCS-Professional Cooling System
  • 2560 Stream Processors
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The Radeon R9 290, the AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces the support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies are included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

This model is equipped with the Professional-Cooling System (PCS), ensuring quiet yet effective cooling even under demanding load levels.

  • newegg PCS-Professional Cooling System The unique cooling technology can decrease the operating environment temperature effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.
  • newegg Built for Crossfire The card features next generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards, with no interconnect bridge required.
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality.
  • newegg AMD TrueAudio Technology AMD TrueAudio technology brings the world’s first programmable audio pipeline marking a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience.
  • newegg AMD Eyefinty Technology Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.
  • newegg 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.

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  • Roman S.
  • 7/27/2014 12:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFixed the crashes

Pros: Manufacturer gave me new bios update to fix the crashes, and it worked, so Raymond came through.

Cons: Wish there was an easier way around the problem

Other Thoughts: So I contacted Raymond after my previous review and after a bit of back and fourth, he forwarded me a copy of the new bios, but unfortunately I never had to do this procedure before so I was out of my depth. So I asked Raymond for instructions to which he sent me a link to some forum post from 2010 with a big great sign at the top of it that said "DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK".

As you can imagine, I was not exactly thrilled at the prospect of bricking the card, so Initially I said no, and asked Raymond if there was another way. He replied that I can ship them the card in California (I am in New York), and they will send me a new one. But I would have to pay for shipping out of pocket and the whole process can take up to two weeks. Not a fun idea either.

So I figured I have nothing to lose as the card is not working properly anyway, so I did some more research, got an empty USB drive, made a boot disk from it and flashed the card BIOS from there
(by the way if you do this, MAKE SURE you are tying in the correct commands into the command prompt once you boot to dos).

So, now the card works pretty well, no other complains so far.

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  • nathan r.
  • 7/27/2014 10:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsConstant Crashing

Pros: Works really well for 5 minutes?

Cons: Defective

Other Thoughts: Like everyone else - crashing out after 5-15 minutes of load. Tried all driver combos - doesn't seem to matter

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  • Inam H.
  • 7/25/2014 12:40:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCustomer service and RMA process is very difficult to navigate

Pros: High performance, easy to install.

Cons: Loud, screen tearing, artifacting, causing computer to shut down despite ventilation. RMA process currently causing me headaches. I returned the card for RMA and am currently dealing with a person at PowerColor who wants to charge me 100 for repair of the card. There was no damage to the card whatsoever when I sent it. I knew the card was defective and that's why I sent it in. I genuinely have had so many headaches with this company so far. The RMA guy I'm being directed to doesn't speak English very well and just repeats the same lines about it costing 100 dollars to fix. At this point I'm so frustrated that I wish I just kept this defective card and dealt with all the screen and overheating issues.

Other Thoughts: I feel the RMA process is dishonest, I've never had an issue like this with my last RMA for an older card I had manufactured by EVGA.

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  • Maciek F.
  • 7/23/2014 11:37:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggss this really a 290 chip? (EDIT)

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: Crashing
Black screens
Coil Whine
Heat
AMD drivers
Power consumption
HUGE
list goes on and on.

Other Thoughts: I made a review about the card after about 1 week of testing. I was happy to see the results then. But now I have seen how bad this card is. Constant crashes and black screens in games. It unusable when paired with AMD's so called drivers. AMD is no longer a good gpu producer to buy from. The chips run hot, and need serious cooling. They are plagued with problems and crashes. Its not PowerColors fault, the chips are just bad.

Save yourself from the 290 card, go for a 780 or 770, amazing drivers and cooling await you, as well as top class support and reliability. AMD did not get this GPU chip right this time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/21/2014 11:32:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBios update came in

Pros: plays everything max settings 60 fps on a single 1080 monitor no problems. great cooler keeps it all from going nuclear.

Cons: none really now that the new Bios was flashed.

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  • David W.
  • 7/18/2014 7:14:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStill crashing after BIOS update

Pros: Raymond from support was very responsive, card works well when it's not randomly dying.

Cons: Even after updating the BIOS, increasing the fan speed, and trying to underclock the GPU and memory, it still crashes within 5-20 minutes of load. Sometimes it will crash under idle for no apparent reason.

Other Thoughts: Thought this was a solid card that was getting 1-egged because people weren't updating their BIOS. Looks like I got a legit stinker.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. Please understand that other issues other than the card can cause the crashing issue. Ensure that you powersupply is a certified 750 watt version. Update your motherboard bios and troubleshoot your other system component.

Best Regards,
Raymodn

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/17/2014 8:47:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI posted a review in the past

Pros: pleasant to look at. quiet. contacted Raymond at his email that was given out to everyone here. Hope he responds just as quick to me.

Cons: card crashes repeatedly in several games. so far games like sniper elite 3. After random intervals the game black screens and crashes to the desktop saying it is not responding. resident evil revelations also randomly black screens at random intervals.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. let me know if you need anything else, hopefully the fix will work for you.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • David W.
  • 7/16/2014 8:16:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFrequent crashes

Pros: Fairly quiet, high performance when it's working.

Cons: Crashes constantly, and not just under high load. Sometimes it will hard-lock or bluescreen windows doing nothing heavier than using a web browser.

Other Thoughts: Bought this even though other users reported similar issues, since others reported a fix by updating the BIOS. Sadly, the manufacturer has no BIOS updates for download on the product page.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you faced with the card. Please email me and we can find a solution for you. Raymond.Hsu@powercolor.com.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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  • Sean T.
  • 7/15/2014 8:08:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid card, just needs a BIOS update

Pros: I was able to purchase the card for $350 after rebate, which I believe to be a very good value for a brand new R9 290. Performance is excellent, temperatures are low, and noise levels are very low under load. The card is built solidly as well.

Cons: I was experiencing many of the crash issues described in the reviews here, with games locking up and crashing to desktop after around 30 minutes. I pre-emptively emailed Raymond and asked for his help. He provided an updated BIOS which I was able to flash on my card easily (once I figured out how to use AtiWinFlash) and haven't had any issues since. The card is a bit heavy as well, but that comes with the sturdiness.

Other Thoughts: Understand that you might have to update the BIOS after purchase. I would imagine that future versions of the card (after July 2014) should be rolled out with the fixed BIOS, making a lot of the negative points moot. PCS+ cards are very high quality, so I wouldn't let an easy-to-remedy issue turn you off from it.

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  • Dakota K.
  • 7/12/2014 12:48:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPowerful but unstable

Pros: 60fps on most games at 1440p ultra

Cons: Constant crashing regardless of driver version

Other Thoughts: This keeps crashing games, often during menus or when changing graphics settings, sometimes during gameplay.

Sometimes the graphics stop responding, sometimes the game blackscreens, sometimes everything gets corrupted and the PC freezes. Framerates drop to 10 or so if I reload after a crash and don't reboot.

The card performs fine under FurMark testing, though.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello,

This is Raymond from PowerColor. We apologize for the issue that you are faced with. Please email me at Raymond.Hsu@powercolor. We might have a fix for you.

Best Regards,
Raymond

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