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HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 Video Card Review - Most Unique 390X So Far

By: Anthony Garreffa | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: HIS

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2.


What's Hot


The Most Unique Looking Radeon R9 390X Yet: In a style that won't be for everyone, HIS has adopted quite the unique look for the Hawaii GPU with its Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 video card.


Strong Performance: For a high-end video card, the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 had some decent performance. You're not going to have a problem playing at 1080p or 1440p, with 4K gaming hitting 60FPS with a few tweaks to the in-game visual settings.


The Handle Above the Heat pipes: This little piece of metal that HIS has placed above its heat pipes allows you to grab the card out of your system after it has been used, and not burn your hands on the very hot headpipes. It's a little touch, but something that makes HIS stand out with its R9 390X offering.


What's Not


The following 'What's Not' points below are our feeling on the Radeon R9 390X in general, so the same applies to the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2. Other than the issues with its architecture, HIS themselves haven't done anything wrong with the card. It's a great card for what it is, it's just not much new has happened since the release of the R9 290X.


AMD Has Essentially Rebranded The Radeon R9 290X: We don't get much more performance than the Radeon R9 290X, and this is a hard thing. It's not bad, but it's not great. It lets consumers decide to leave upgrading their 290X, and grab the Fury or Fury X instead.


No Overclocking Headroom: While HIS has a factory overclock applied to its card, I was hoping to squeeze out some additional performance. But our card was not capable of anything more, unfortunately.


$100+ Premium Over 290X 4GB: This is something you have to decide for yourself, but I don't think a $100+ premium over the Radeon R9 290X with 4GB is worth paying for. 8GB is only used in a handful of games, something we addressed in a VRAM consumption article last week.


Nothing Really New: The Radeon R9 390X doesn't offer anything new, apart from the 8GB framebuffer. We have support for LiquidVR, FreeSync and all of that jazz, but the Fiji-based Fury cards is where the excitement is.



Final Thoughts


HIS has crafted quite the card with the Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2, with it being the most unique looking card that we've seen in quite some time. It has great performance, good thermals and noise levels, and strikes quite the pose when installed into your system. However, we didn't have much luck at all with overclocking, which was a shame.




But, the problem is that AMD has just reused the R9 290X core with some tweaks here and there and added 4GB of VRAM to the Hawaii-based 290X that was released nearly two years ago now. This means that the performance we're looking at here with the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2 is not much different (10-15%) from the Radeon R9 290X.


290X owners have no reason to upgrade, but if you skipped over the 290X and waited for the 390X, then this is a great card to buy for AMD fans. HIS has done the best it can with the situation, offering up a good card in the HIS Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance (overclocking, power)80%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)80%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money80%
Overall TweakTown Rating85%

The Bottom Line: HIS has a good video card with its Radeon R9 390X IceQ X2, but not a great card. For loyal AMD fans who can't afford the Fury or Fury X, this is definitely a great option. Just don't expect much more than what the 290X was capable of doing.

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