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HIS Radeon R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo Video Card Review (Page 16)

By Shawn Baker from Jun 24, 2014 @ 21:08 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: HIS

Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts

Coming in at the lower-end of $400, the HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo comes in at a strong price point against the competition. We must admit, though, we would have liked to see HIS do a little bit more with the overclock.

While we're used to most companies choosing to leave the memory clock alone, it would've been nice to see the core clock get bumped a little bit more. Another 20-30MHz on top of what is offered would have been nice, and it would have helped it stand out a little more against the reference-clocked card when it comes to overall performance.

We cannot deny, though, that the main appeal to the HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo is the IceQ X2 cooler. In this area, HIS has done a fantastic job. The dual fan five heat pipe cooler does its job perfectly. The load temperature of our core comes in almost 20C lower than the reference cooler while running at a slightly higher clock. This has not come at the cost of an extreme amount of noise, though, as the card sits very well in that position as well.

As for the package, you can see that is on the light side of things. This is typical, though, these days, and as we just mentioned, there is no denying that the main highlight of this card is the IceQ X2 cooler. HIS has really put together a good all around card here.

The HIS R9 290 4GB IceQ X2 Turbo hits at a good price point against the competition, and the IceQ X2 cooler is fantastic. It has done a good job of dropping the temperature a significant amount compared to the reference cooler while doing it at a reasonable noise level.


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