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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Fredric H.
  • 11/17/2014 7:27:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuiet and stable

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. Plenty of power; the R9 290 is only about 10% slower than the 290X for a significantly lower price.

Cons: Huge. Other reviewers mentioned have mentioned this as well but it bears repeating; this just barely fit in my mid-tower case, a Thermaltake V4 black. I had to move one of my hard drives down in the case as the card was sticking right up the edge of the drive bay. Also, coming from nVidia, I'm finding AMD's drivers to be a bit more raw - Mantle is definitely not quite mature yet, as every game I try to run with it ends up with a strange resolution and/or centered improperly on the screen. This probably isn't HIS' fault.

Other Thoughts: This card is a bit of a power hog - the manufacturer recommends a 750W power supply, which for a single card setup is quite high, and this is probably a bit exaggerated, as the stock overclock is very minimal. Either way, the green team clearly has AMD beat on efficiency these days and they'll need to do some real work with the 300 series getting these levels back down. Do be aware that this particular model *does* need two 6+2 pin power connectors; some website list it as only needing one 6+2 and one 6.

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  • Steven F.
  • 11/14/2014 6:08:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Card has worked great since day one. Put a beat down on my old 7870 XT. No issues at all. Cooler seems to work fairly well. Temps usually run as low as upper 30s to as high as 70C. And that is with fan speeds at low (and quiet).

Cons: $10 rebate? Seriously? On a purchase over $350? Talk about cheap. Fans can be loud on high settings, but I never need that speed so no problem there.

Other Thoughts: Argh! Of course, 2 weeks after I buy this, Nvidia comes out with their 900 series cards, causing AMD to drop prices on their cards. I could get this card today for $110 less.

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  • Michael A.
  • 10/30/2014 9:07:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast, Cool, Quiet

Pros: Card runs newer games great at 1080p. I can finally max out my settings on World of Tanks but haven't had a chance to play the newer titles like Alien Isolation just yet.

The card is very quiet. I can't hear it over my CPU fan while playing games, even when the case is open.

Along with being quiet, the card runs very cool.

Cons: Can't really call it a con, but this card is long, probably one of the longest out there. BUT, I accept the trade-off of having a great GPU cooler instead.

Other Thoughts: My Phenom II 940 at 3.2 (under-volted) is a bottle neck now. This is the perfect case for Mantle. High-end card, mid-tier CPU.

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  • akshay s.
  • 10/28/2014 3:26:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far doing nice

Pros: 1. Lower temps for a R9 290 card.
2. Not noticeably noisy.

Cons: 1. Size. it is big, not that i did not know before buying but i would have loved it at least a couple of inches shorter.

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  • Madiha A.
  • 10/28/2014 3:50:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card

Pros: This card delivers a great deal of graphics power for a decent price. Replaced my my aging 3Dcard in my old LGA1366 system. I can now play though all current games at 1080p (1920x1200) at max settings without stutter or lag! And this card is amazingly quiet.

Cons: For the price, none!

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  • Alexander R.
  • 10/2/2014 2:33:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks well

Pros: Runs very fast - I can max nearly anything I play at 1080p and still get the full frames, although it usually does lead to tearing without Vsync.

I haven't had any real issues with drivers yet after the initial installation, when I swapped from my integrated graphics to this.

Cons: I'm not kidding when I say that this card noticeably warms up my room when I put it to use.

Other Thoughts: I'm running -
A i7-4790K
32GB Adata DDR3-2400 RAM
Asus Z97-A
This card
2 1TB hard drives from ?
A Crucial SSD
A EVGA 750W power supply.

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  • Ethan H.
  • 10/1/2014 9:21:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDriver issues, Youtube bluescreen, and bad performance...

Pros: Looks good, not to long to fit in my Thermaltake V3 case.
*Installing* the driver's wasn't that hard.

Cons: Tons of issues, low performance, would blue-screen while watching youtube, Choppy and pixelated video performance, didn't reduce CPU bottlneck.

A GTX 770 in my previous system seemed to be more powerfull and not murder my CPU, unlike this card.

My CPU is an FX 6350 OCed to 4.5 GHz, and this card just kills it. I mean, in any situation it's always trying to pull 100% from my CPU. Heat was also higher than I wanted for any GPU overclocking...

Other Thoughts: This card has issues....
you may have better luck, but I have already RMAed mine.

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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  • Gregory L.
  • 9/27/2014 12:10:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad driver or Card

Pros: Crazy Fast

Cons: Maybe bios is too overclocked. No way to change that
Crashed multiple times when running several graphic intensive games!!! That's a deal killer!!!

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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  • Zeno C.
  • 8/28/2014 9:01:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Graphics Card!

Pros: This is sitting in a NZXT H440 case. Stays @ ~40*C while idling (dual monitor, teamspeak, browsers, netflix, steam). While playing Arma 3, Heroes of Newerth, or Diablo 3, it only gets to 60*C and a max of 67*C. Stays insanely cool. This is also pretty quiet, since the card runs cool the fans never spin up too fast. Has a huge heatsink over the whole thing.

Cons: Not a con, but it's huge!! Had to remove one of the hard drive bays to fit it in my case. Which is no problem since I onyl have one 512gb. SSD.

Other Thoughts: The box it comes in looks lame lol. But the box inside the box looks sick.

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  • Nathan M.
  • 7/13/2014 7:07:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMuch Quieter than other R9 290 cards

Pros: Very Quiet, especially for a 290, quite quick as well

Cons: It does vent a fair bit more heat back into the case compared to reference designs.

Other Thoughts: This card is an excellent value for the money, the dual fan is much quieter than the reference cooler design though it should be noted that this card also uses 2x8 pin pcie power connectors instead of the 2x 6 pin used by most other cards.

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