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HIS iPower IceQ X² OC H290QMC4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2015 9:43:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: cool

stable

silent

sturdy build

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: did some overclocking on it for me it runs on

core 1000MHz
mem 1300MHz

without even pumping more power or voltage in it,i tested far cry 4 on ultra for 6 or so hours and it just devour that game.

Seriously impressed and will buy another one for x-fire.

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  • James G.
  • 1/17/2015 4:09:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple

Pros: For a R290 the heat stays under control very well idle at 31C game play average of 61C which is considerably lower than the 7970 reference. No need to overclock as it comes manufacture OC'd. In BF4 had an FPS increase a near average of 30 on most levels over my reference 7970. Dolphin runs great. I have experienced zero issues.

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: This thing is absolutely massive. Didn't pose a problem for me, but unless your platform is built around a full tower you will find it to be a tight fit. Make sure when you install this card to completely uninstall catalyst and do a fresh install for it to detect the card correctly. I have had zero problems with this product thus far and at purchase I got a twenty dollar gift card to bump.

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  • Gregory L.
  • 1/8/2015 3:27:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarabage Company

Pros: Very Fast when it runs

Cons: Everything else.
Multiple failures, graphic artifacts, Pay to exchange on you end.

Other Thoughts: This is the first time in 30 years of building computers that I tried HIS. NEVER AGAIN!
Absolute junk. Have RMA'd to company at my own expense (no re-imbursement of $15 a pop) twice in 3 months. It would have been twice in a week if re-imbursment didn't take almost the whole 3 months it self. I finally counted it as a loss at bought a different brand and it works flawlessly.
This Card and Company is junk. When works it's crazy fast. The other 90% of the time it's graphic artifacts or no output. I have backup cards with same processor family to test with and it's the HIS card.
I have been building PC's for 30 years and 1000+ graphics cards without any real issues. This company is plain worthless. DO NOT give then your money!!! Look elsewhere.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We are sorry for your situation and suggest you try to check following steps.
1. If possible verify the HIS graphics card on another working system or verify another working card on your motherboard. Need to ensure that the platform is no problem.
2. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our customer service department directly.

Best Regards
HIS Customer Service (webenquiry@hightech.com.hk)

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  • Timothy C.
  • 12/31/2014 6:58:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing card

Pros: Great card for the money, can run most games at very high to ultra. Very stable.

Cons: Big, ugly and heavy. Just like your mom.

Other Thoughts: I tried this card for 6 months with the air cooler, it idled around 40c. The highest temps I got was 75c running Witcher 2 on ultra...around 40fps. The fans idle speeds are very quiet, but when this thing gets cranking, it can get pretty loud. Since it gets so hot, I coudln't play games for very long without choppiness. I slapped a water block on it, and it reduced temps to about 30c idle and 60c max, and I can game for 8+ hours, so the cooling is an issue for extended periods of time. I'm told this card can run up to 90c, but I wouldn't try to push it anywhere above 70c. Overall I'm very happy with this card, I was skeptical of HIS, but this is a great card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/16/2014 10:21:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsseriously impressed

Pros: This card has exceeded my expectations so far. I was hesitant to buy because I had no experience with this brand. It is very well built. The shroud is metal and the heatsink is well designed, as it covers the very large pcb well. Stays very cool. It hit 70° once, in one game. With that exception, it never goes above about 61°. Also surprisingly quiet. I can hear my noctuas over the card at load.

Cons: The only con I can think of is it's size and weight, and the only reason it's a con is because it sags, although that's a con for most high end cards.

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  • Lauren S.
  • 12/13/2014 7:19:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMay have been hasty in my first review.

Pros: Super cool, super powerful.

Just had a full session of gaming on max settings and resolution about gpu temp was 42c....thats astounding.

The first card i got was defective and had to be RMA'd. Replacement card is truly flexing its muscles. My first review was a very poor one, as i was very aggravated that it was defective, this one is a different story now that i have a working one

Cons: Very large, I had to remove a HDD bay to get it in my midsize tower.
Very power hungry, requires to 8-pins

Other Thoughts: the RMA process while its annoying to have go through, was handled accordingly.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 12/4/2014 3:23:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Possibly the best air cooled r9 290(maxing out Metro Last Light put it at about 68c), replaced my trifire 6850(a 6870x2 and a 6850) and beats the performance of that setup in games that need all the extra vram.

Cons: High power draw, make sure your psu is solid. This is big concern for me as will definitely be crossfiring this card.

Other Thoughts: Extremely good value.

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  • Peter S.
  • 12/1/2014 7:59:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat performance

Pros: The packaging was nice, and simple. The GPU itself is very quiet and runs very cool (at least in Windows). There are plenty of reviews on how the R9 290 performs in Windows, so I'll save my breath on that.
In linux, I've been using the open source drivers; this GPU has obsoleted my old 2x HD5750s. Some games that are notorious for bad performance and/or are strongly optimized for nvidia (such as Witcher 2) perform great at pretty much max detail. I have a couple games that seem to be performing worse than my old GPUs, but every time there is a driver update there are noticeable performance increases. I would recommend to always turn off your desktop environment's compositor, if it fails to turn off automatically.

Cons: Though the heatsink cover design itself looks ok, I think the pale and matte yellow color is a bit weird. My case doesn't have a clear side-panel though so it doesn't matter to me. I also think this GPU easily could have replaced one of the 8-pin connectors with a 6-pin, seeing as the default overclock was pretty minimal. On top of that, so far this board appears to have a locked BIOS, making permanent overclocks either impossible or very difficult.

This didn't come with any accessories even though there are slots in the packaging to include some. Not a big deal, just a little weird. I suppose supplying molex to 8-pin PCIe connectors would be frowned upon, and the GPU itself has a decent variety of display ports (though you're out of luck if you for some reason still use VGA).

Also, to my knowledge, this GPU won't make it on the new "amdgpu" drivers for linux. I find this a little annoying since I will be left out on some driver features that COULD have been applied to GCN 1.1. This is no fault of HIS though. Also, as of writing, power management isn't fully up-to-par. The GPU runs about 15 degrees Celsius hotter than it does in Windows, but a future update is supposed to fix this.

If you are getting this GPU for the rebate, don't. I knocked an egg off because HIS's rebate team claimed my signature on my rebate form was missing, when it was in plain-sight on the documents they had scanned on their servers. I asked them to double-check this and they didn't even reply to say "nope, too bad". While the GPU hardware is great, this is a statement of explicit neglect and poor customer service. I'm hoping nothing goes wrong with this hardware, because I'm not sure how they'll handle it.

Other Thoughts: In case you aren't aware, this thing is HUGE. Probably one of the biggest 2-slot GPUs you can find. It almost didn't fit in my Thermaltake mid tower. The height of the card was a concern to me, because I have an internal exhaust fan on the side plate. But, the heatsink misses the fan blades by about 1cm.
If you are in a similar situation, keep in mind that black L-shaped piece of metal protecting the copper pipes can be easily taken off without affecting anything. That'll give you a little bit more space, and makes the GPU look a little nicer.

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  • Lauren S.
  • 11/30/2014 7:50:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWARNING!

Pros: Stays very cool! 32c

Cons: Constant black screens which is a known issue for the r9 290 GPU.
Horrific performance, struggled to get above 250fps in cs go.

Other Thoughts: awful gpu...keep looking

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
We are sorry for your situation and suggest you try to check following steps.
1. If possible verify the HIS graphics card on another working system or verify another working card on your motherboard. Need to ensure that the platform is no problem.
2. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our customer service department directly.

Best Regards
HIS Customer Service (webenquiry@hightech.com.hk)

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  • Rex M.
  • 11/27/2014 2:22:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card for the money.

Pros: Got on sale for a great price (plus 4 games). Am able to over clock nicely and run stable at 75 under load. Able to play most games on full ultra settings at 1080p.

Cons: Tomb Raider - Only game so far I can't run at full. I play with 2xSSAA at between 30-50fps. But if turn it to 4xSSAA I drop to 30 or less. Guess it is only fair there is at least one setting you need the high end cards for.

Other Thoughts: Great card. Would definitely recommend though I'd likely wait for their next line of cards. I only got it as my old card died.

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