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PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ 4 GB Review

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The overclocking results listed in this section were achieved with the default fan and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. Please note that every sample overclocks differently, which is why our results here can only serve as a guideline for what you can expect from your card. On NVIDIA cards with boost, the values discussed here are base clock. Boost will further increase clocks.

Maximum overclock of our sample is 1180 MHz GPU base clock (12% overclocking) and 1645 MHz memory (22% overclock).

PowerColor's card reaches the highest overclock of any R9 290X we have tested so far. However, I still feel that memory could go even higher with a better BIOS. Taking small steps, I reached even higher memory frequencies, but none of those were stable after a cold reboot, which is indicative of a BIOS issue. Both the quiet and performance BIOS reached the same clocks in our testing.

Maximum Overclock Comparison
Max. GPU ClockMax. Memory Clock
PowerColor R9 290X PCS+1180 MHz1645 MHz
MSI R9 290X Gaming1140 MHz1425 MHz
ASUS R9 290X DC II OC1090 MHz1480 MHz
Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X OC1135 MHz1555 MHz
PowerColor R9 290X OC1100 MHz1570 MHz
AMD R9 290X1145 MHz1575 MHz
Important: Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly
differently based on random production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of typical
overclocks for similar cards, determined during TPU review.

Overclocked Performance

Using these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Battlefield 3 to evaluate the gains from overclocking.

Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 9.8%.
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