Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts
The HIS IceQ Radeon R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB video card is just a beast, and if I'm completely honest, that conclusion was made when first seeing the card at Computex in June - the only difference is now it's been confirmed. What's not to like? Well, probably the price tag, which isn't available yet. We don't doubt that the HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB is going to carry with it quite the premium.
The one question that has to be answered is, will the added price be worth it? When you're talking about cards like this, it really comes down to personal opinion. To some, the price of the R9 290X 4GB is just too much, so the added price of these premium models just seem ridiculous. You could argue that the only people who should look at this kind of card are those that want to overclock. However, to be honest, the card should appeal to people who don't want to overclock as well.
The clocks out of the box that HIS is offering are amazing. They've evened out the core to 1100MHz and then pushed the 4GB of GDDR5 to a massive 6000MHz QDR. The hybrid cooling system then manages to run these clocks at lower noise levels then many coolers. What isn't shown in our graphs today is the fact that at idle the core runs at 35c and at load just 66c when running at its out of the box speed. What makes those numbers impressive, though, is the huge out of the box numbers that are offered by HIS.
Would have we liked to see a larger bundle? Well, no one is going to deny that they wouldn't like to have seen more, but throwing in useless items that drive up the price more doesn't interest people. Instead, the highlight of the bundle is the video card. The inclusion of the mouse pad is a nice little extra.
The kind of person this video card is perfect for is someone who wants a fast out of the box video card that doesn't put out a ton of heat or noise. Sure, you could fire up your favorite overclocking software and push the clocks further, but thanks to HIS putting the time into finding a strong out of the box overclock, it's not a requirement.
This card is just badass, though, and you'd be hard pressed to find people who would just turn away and not want something like this. At the absolute top of the R9 290X pyramid, you have two really strong options. This HIS offering and the Lightning version from MSI. The latter version, while great for consumers, has a clear focus on the most extreme overclockers. The HIS offering runs at lower noise levels, idles at a lower temperature and offers stronger out of the box overclocks.
If you don't have R9 295X2 kind of money, but still have a decent amount of coin to spend on a PC, this is the kind of video card you should be using if you were to ask for a fast single GPU based PC that will run cool and quiet. Paired with a good AIO cooling solution for your CPU, you've just got yourself a beautiful gaming PC that will no doubt be the envy of all your friends.