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 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB.
$100 Cheaper Than The R9 390X: We have some very good performance here with the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB, where it can come close to the 390X in terms of performance, for $100 off the price.
Silent Gaming: For the most part, the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB is silent, which is exactly what you want when you're gaming all night long.
Excellent Thermals: We had no issues with temperatures when we were at stock clocks, which was great to see.
A Good Upgrade For AMD Users: If you're upgrading from an older card, a generation before the R9 200 series, the R9 390 from HIS is a great upgrade for AMD Radeon fans.
Overclocking Headroom: With some decent overclocking headroom, we were able to squeeze a decent 10% additional performance out of the card. Not a bad thing when it's 100% free performance.
Not Much New: There's nothing really new with the R9 390 over the R9 290, and while it's not the fault of HIS, it's something to consider when picking up a new Radeon 300 series card.
Isn't So Silent: HIS tout this card as being silent, and while it was during most of our testing, it definitely wasn't silent throughout all of our experience. When the card is under load, it has some whine to it, but it's not too distracting.
Display Connectivity: This is something that I felt dragged the R9 390X IceQ X2 OC 8GB down, and it's here again - not-so-great display connectivity. DVI is dying, and DisplayPort is really emerging as the display connectivity of choice. I wish we had two or three DP ports and a single DP port instead.
I've walked away from my first review on a Radeon R9 390 mostly impressed. For a savings of $100, you can get very close to the R9 390X performance, and if you take into consideration that you could overclock the card even more, this becomes a serious contender for your cash.
HIS has impressed me once again, and while the Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB falls short of being an awesome card, it's still a great card in many respects. If you get over the style, which let's face it - you're either a fan or you're not - what you get as a total package kicks some ass.
There's the performance aspect - close to R9 390X performance, a quiet card that won't keep you adjusting fan profiles all day, and some overclocking headroom that will provide some fun for the tweakers and enthusiasts out there. All-in-all, for a shave of $100 from the R9 390X price, the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB is one of the cards you should be looking at if the R9 390X is out of your price range.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||90%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||85%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||75%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||86%|
The Bottom Line: If the Radeon R9 390X is a little far out of your budget, the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 OC 8GB is a damn fine option for any gamer. 1440p 60FPS gaming is a treat at under $330, even 3440x1440 isn't out of its reach.
PRICING: You can find the HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 retails for $416 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The HIS Radeon R9 390 IceQ X2 retails for £282 at Amazon UK.
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