Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ 4GB Graphics Card Review




/ 6 years ago

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A Closer Look


The Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ is an absolute beast of a graphics card. It isn’t anywhere near a 3 slot design despite its appearance but it does take up slightly more than 2 slots in thickness.

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The Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ is dominated by its triple 80mm fan design and the beautiful looking metal shroud.

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Those three 80mm fans all push air downwards onto that huge aluminium heatsink that is so desperately needed to keep the R9 290X GPU cool.

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Here’s a closer look at that thickness which as you can see is slightly over 2 slots. You can also see the blue thermal pads for the memory chips, I would have liked to see black or white thermal pads used so they blend in more.

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The end of the card is open to allow for ventilation.

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Again we can get a closer look at that quality metal shroud which gives the card a real sturdy construction.

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The Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ graphics card is powered by an 8 pin and 6 pin like most R9 290Xs.

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An impressive five heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU all stem from the centre of the card.

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There is the expected dual BIOS switch with two positions – Uber and Quiet. Both have identical clock profiles but the Uber mode has a more aggressive fan profile. The position closest to the rear I/O is the “Uber” mode and the position closest to the power connectors is the “Quiet mode”.

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The rear of the card has a rather stylish looking backplate which is purely for aesthetic purposes.

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Underneath the card we can see the sheer size and density of the cooling solution.

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The ventilation at the bottom is essential to allow the downward firing fans to dissipate heat effectively.

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The rear I/O offers dual DVI (both Dual Link D [not I] connectors), HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 which allows support for Multi Stream Transport and thus facilitates the use of MST Hubs that can power three 1080p displays.

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