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

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 2:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: HIS

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




Taking the card out of the box and looking at it for the first time, you can see the sleek gold shroud that HIS has used on this card. The overall design isn't new to us, but the new color scheme is. We must admit that we would have loved to see a black PCB sitting behind the gold shroud.


Behind the two fans that sit in the middle, though, you can see a massive heat sink that covers the entire card along with the five-heat pipe setup that looks serious. The IceQ line of coolers has always served us well in the past, and hopefully it's the same here today with the latest version.






Taking a look around the card, you can see just how much the heat sink hangs over the back. As for the power side of things, you can see that HIS has opted to upgrade the power setup by providing two 8-Pin PCIe power connectors instead of a single one alongside a single 6-Pin PCIe connector.


Heading to the front of the card, you can see that not much is going on. Being an R9 290 series card means that no CrossFire connector is included. Instead, we just have a simple BIOS switch here that lets you switch between two modes.




Finishing up our look at the I/O side of things, you can see we've got two Dual Link DVI-D ports along with a single HDMI and DisplayPort to round things off. You can see we've also got some vents here to let the hot air escape out the back of your PC.





Being part of the Turbo series means that the card is overclocked out of the box. The stock clocks of an R9 290 4GB come in at 947MHz on the core and 5000MHz QDR on the 4GB of GDDR5.


As for the HIS offering today, they've decided to leave the 4GB of GDDR5 alone but have bumped the core slightly by 20MHz bringing it to 967MHz.

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