( 4.8 Average / 11 Ratings )
This is my 2nd updated review from Nov 2014 - April 2015
I bought a 2nd card today 04/16/15 because I wanted a crossfire setup. I was fine with paying 250 compared to 200 during black Friday.
Performance - 9/10
Noise level 9/10
I spent a long time reading and studying and reviewing these r9 cards.
Check out techshowdown youtube review "Which R9 290 is the best?.." Oct 9, 2014
There is also a great forum thread on overclock.net
"R9 290x and 290 owners official club"
I have to say at the beginning release of this card there were many complaints about the drivers crashing or not being compatible. As of Nov 2014 I have had ZERO issues with the card overheating, crashing, BSOD...etc.
This card has been used 8-12 hours straight while streaming to twitch without any coil whine, overheating, crashing or slowing down in BF4, Evolve, Heroes of the Storm etc. I am sure some of that was true at one time but not anymore.
Please ask any questions you would like. I am so excited about this thing I love talking about it.
Overclocking is easy and transparent.
Downloaded the easy to find drivers within minutes and I was playing BF4 on Ultra (EVERYTHING) with consistent 60fps! sometimes more.
**I have since over clocked this thing like crazygaining almost 15-20% more raw power than the reference AMD R9 290 and about 10% more than the card out of the box.
Here are great reviews showing actual testing.
Look up the review from 2014 by Sanjin Rados on 2014. Great review
look up the review on overlockers by Humbug in APR of 2014
I have almost exactly similar specs to the 2nd review. I have less experience over clocking than both the reviewers and I learned a LOT.
I REALLY want to emphasize just how EASY overclocking this card has been.
The 3 star rating is underserved and I hope many of you take the time, that I did, and really try to read thru the stuff that most people post on here and give this card a bad review.*
Great Price performance car and about the pcs+ cooler i can only say it is one of the best Amd gpu coolers abit loud on load (not that much) and queit in idle about ~70C in load.
Currently love the look of the card and its performance. It was silent!
The bearing went bad after about 5 months and I have had some RMA issues with Powercolor... Will update when issues have been resolved (Better or worse)