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HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB OCed Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: HIS Digital

Close up with the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB




Taking a look at the card, you can see the overall design is pretty much identical to the R9 290 version of the card. We have the same gold shroud with a funky looking X in the middle of the card. We have a dual fan setup with a massive heat sink sitting behind the shroud. A total of five heat pipes are on offer from the card to help draw the heat away from the core. We're going to be making full use of the cooler today as we really overclock this bad boy.






Because this card is using a nine stage PWM Phase setup instead of an eight stage one seen on the reference R9 290X, we can see that the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB opts for a dual 8-Pin PCIe setup instead of the standard single 6-Pin and 8-Pin PCIe setup. This should provide a cleaner line of power and help with overclocking. Here you can also get an idea of the heat sink setup, which sees the large aluminum heat sink hang over the back of the card.


Staying at the top of the card but moving closer to the front, you can see it's a fairly plain setup due to the lack of CrossFire connectors that have been removed on the R9 290 series. Instead, you can see just a small switch that lets us switch between the two BIOS.




Looking at the I/O side of things, we have all of the standard connectors here, with two Dual-Link DVI connectors sitting alongside an HDMI and DisplayPort connector. You can see HIS has placed some vents in the spare space to help push some of the hot air out the back of the case. Overall, it's a very standard setup that shouldn't really surprise you.





Being part of the Turbo series means that the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB comes overclocked out of the box. Looking below, you can see the core has been pushed to 1040MHz, which is up from the default 1000MHz clock. As for the 4GB of GDDR5, HIS has actually chosen to overclock that this time.


Looking below, you can see that it has been pushed to 1350MHz, which translates to 5400MHz QDR. This is 400MHz QDR up from the standard 5000MHz QDR clock that the R9 290X 4GB sees out of the box. As we mentioned already, we're going to be overclocking the card even higher today.




Looking above, you can see that the core has been pushed up to a solid 1100MHz. This is a solid gain considering the original reference R9 290X 4GB topped out at just 1065MHz. As for the 4GB of GDDR5, that has been upped to 1425MHz or 5700MHz QDR.


That's a solid increase from the stock overclock, and an even better one from the reference 5000MHz QDR memory clock. This is a nice overclock and should bring with it some strong performance.

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