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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

Test System Setup




We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, and Corsair.


We have a bunch of cards here in our graphs today starting with our HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB that has been overclocked to 1100MHz on the core and 5700MHz QDR on the memory. Alongside that, we have from the AMD side of things the MSI R9 280X 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC running at 1200MHz on the core and 7000MHz QDR on the memory, the HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo, which is the model below this one, and the reference R9 290X 4GB running in "Uber Mode."


On the NVIDIA front, we've also got a couple of cards, including the reference clocked GTX 770 2GB, the ASUS GTX 780 ROG Poseidon Platinum 3GB OC, and the MSI GTX 780 6GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC, which is running at 1050MHz on the core and 6400MHz QDR on the memory.


Finally, before we get into the benchmarking side of things, if you did skip the introduction, I'll just make note again that we've included three new benchmarks in our lineup today, including 3DMark Sky Diver, Catzilla, and GRID Autosport.


With these benchmarks being new, we don't have much in the way of comparisons, which is mentioned below. Over the coming weeks and months, these graphs will really fill out as we look at more and more video cards.



The FPS Numbers Explained


When we benchmark our video cards and look at the graphs, we aim to get to a certain level of FPS which we consider playable. While many may argue that the human eye can't see over 24 FPS or 30 FPS, any true gamer will tell you that as we climb higher in Frames Per Seconds (FPS), the overall gameplay feels smoother. There are three numbers we're looking out for when it comes to our benchmarks.


30 FPS - It's the minimum number we aim for when it comes to games. If you're not dropping below 30 FPS during games, you're going to have a nice and smooth gaming experience. The ideal situation is that even in a heavy fire fight, the minimum stays above 30 FPS making sure that you can continue to aim easily or turn the corner with no dramas.


60 FPS - It's the average we look for when we don't have a minimum coming at us. If we're getting an average of 60 FPS, we should have a minimum of 30 FPS or better and as mentioned above, it means We have some smooth game play happening.


120 FPS - The new number that we've been hunting down over recent months. If you're the owner of a 120 Hz monitor, to get the most out of it you want to get around the 120 FPS mark. Moving from 60 FPS / 60 Hz to 120 FPS / 120 Hz brings with it a certain fluidity that can't really be explained, but instead has to be experienced. Of course, if you're buying a 120 Hz monitor to take advantage of 3D, an average of 120 FPS in our benchmark means that in 3D you will have an average of 60 FPS, which again means you should expect some smooth gameplay.



Why are some graphs incomplete?


Adding new game benchmarks is a long, tedious and time consuming task as every video card has to be re-tested in those new benchmarks. Because of that reason we have always just evaluated our benchmark line up every six months. To stay up to date and current with the latest benchmarks and games available, we've changed our approach to adding new benchmarks.


Our benchmark line up will progress and be updated as newer more intensive games with benchmarks comes to light. While this will mean that initially you may only see a single video card in those particular graphs, as the weeks go on and we test more and more video cards, the results will grow quickly. This will help keep our benchmark line up as up to date as possible as we introduce and remove games on a constant basis.

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