Page 1:Cooling The Radeon R9 290 And 290X
Page 2:Technical Specifications
Page 3:Dimensions And Weight
Page 4:Gaming Power Consumption
Page 5:Gaming Performance
Page 7:Noise And Fan Speed
Page 8:Video Comparison
Page 9:Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290
Page 10:Radeon R9 290 Reference + Arctic Accelero Extreme III
Page 11:Asus R9 290X DirectCU II OC
Page 12:Gigabyte R92 290X Windforce OC
Page 13:Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X
AMD's reference Radeon R9 290 and 290X cooler earned our disdain once we figured out that it was causing the otherwise-impressive Hawaii GPU to operate at performance levels below the company's specification. Getting the graphics processor to operate at full performance required faster fan speeds, more noise, and ultimately higher power.
Starting last month, the first partner boards with third-party coolers started showing up. No longer was it necessary to make your own modifications, like we did in Fixing The Radeon R9 290 With Arctic's Accelero Xtreme III, to maximize the performance of those once-£320 and -£450 cards.
Our colleagues in Germany began working with the uniquely-tuned offerings, hoping to find that AMD's partners were extracting just as much performance as we were able to, without the hassle (and expense) of adding your own aftermarket cooler. Do they, though? That's the question we want to answer today.
In Germany, this story has been taking shape one card at a time. But now that we have it translated into English, we have a more complete picture of the partner card market, including one Radeon R9 290 card, three R9 290X cards, the reference board with our Arctic Accelero Extreme III modification, and another home-grown configuration with NZXT's Kraken G10 and X40 bracket.
All of the Radeon R9 290X cards are set to their Quiet Mode firmware setting, since the board partners do a suitable job of cooling Hawaii without sacrificing clock rates.
Radeon R9 290 Model Overview
|Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290|
|Radeon R9 290 Reference + Arctic Accelero Extreme III|
|Radeon R9 290 Reference + NZXT Kraken G10 + X40|
Radeon R9 290X Model Overview
|Asus R9 290X DirectCU II OC|
|Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X|
|Gigabyte R9 290X Windforce OC|
- Cooling The Radeon R9 290 And 290X
- Technical Specifications
- Dimensions And Weight
- Gaming Power Consumption
- Gaming Performance
- Noise And Fan Speed
- Video Comparison
- Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290
- Radeon R9 290 Reference + Arctic Accelero Extreme III
- Asus R9 290X DirectCU II OC
- Gigabyte R92 290X Windforce OC
- Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X