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PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ 4 GB Review

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AMD's Radeon R9 290X is built on the company's new Hawaii GPU, the first truly new high-end graphics chip from the company in a very long time (21 months). Using 6.8 billion transistors, the GPU is built on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC, Taiwan; it features 2816 shaders and 64 ROPs connected to 4 GB of memory using a 512-bit wide memory bus.

We are reviewing the PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ today. It comes with a powerful triple-slot, triple-fan cooler. It also includes a 50 MHz overclock on the GPU and a 100 MHz overclock on memory, which makes it the highest clocked custom design R9 290X you can buy at this time (together with the ASUS R9 290X DC2 that runs the same clocks).

Price-wise, PowerColor expects the card to cost around $700, which is inline with other custom cards on the market at this time.

Radeon R9 290X Market Segment Analysis
  HD 7970
GHz Ed.
GTX 680
GTX 780
R9 290
R9 290X
R9 290X PCS+
HD 7990
GTX Titan
GTX 780 Ti
GTX 690
Shader Units2048153623042560281628162x 2048268828802x 1536
ROPs3232486464642x 3248482x 32
Graphics ProcessorTahitiGK104GK110HawaiiHawaiiHawaii2x TahitiGK110GK1102x GK104
Transistors4310M3500M7100M6200M6200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M2x 3500M
Memory Size3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width384 bit256 bit384 bit512 bit512 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 256 bit
Core Clock1050 MHz1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+915 MHz+
Memory Clock1500 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1350 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1502 MHz
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