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Powercolor Radeon R9 290 PCS+ £269.99 @ Amazon

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2y, 4m agoFound 2 years, 4 months ago
This is the highest stock clocked R9 290 this puts it ahead of the reference R9 290x. This would be perfect for people who feel uneasy overclocking.

1040 Mhz Clock
1350/5400 Mhz Memory

Reference model is

947 Mhz Clock
1250/5000 Memory

One thing to mention these need a decent power supply many people have run into problems by simply not given this card the power it needs.
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banned 1 Like #1
Just personal preference but I'd rather pay the little extra and get the sapphire 290 tri-x

Edited By: fowler002 on Jul 27, 2014 17:29: a
#2
I feel soo uneasy over clocking every time I go into bios I have to go to the toilet (_;)

Edited By: gr8h8me on Jul 27, 2014 17:26
banned#3
gr8h8me
I feel soo uneasy over clocking every time I go into bios I have to go to the toilet (_;)

Don't go into the bios then, or get a PC chair with built in potty :p
#4
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?
2 Likes #5
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?


Oh Christ yes... Enormous upgrade...
#6
delboyd
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

Oh Christ yes... Enormous upgrade...

liddlefeesh is not Christ.

I am.
1 Like #7
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

My god to be honest this sort of card is more for 1440p and above. You may be better off getting a R9 270X(£119) or R9 280(£159.99) both of those cards are way better then a HD 5870.
banned 1 Like #8
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

As some have already replied the a answer is yes, tho I would say ignore the guy I've quoted below ;)

keepitonthelow
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

My god to be honest this sort of card is more for 1440p and above. You may be better off getting a R9 270X(£119) or R9 280(£159.99) both of those cards are way better then a HD 5870.
#9
I would prefer this over the tri-x. I have a tri-x & a reference card that I got on release. The tri-x performs nowhere near as well as the reference & holds it back immensely. I can get maybe a 1100hz stable on the tri-x but I can get 1350hz on my reference.
#10
I would only get this brand via overclockers.
They have a new policy with 2-3 days turn around.
I don't know how amazon will deal with a faulty card.
1 Like #11
fowler002
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

As some have already replied the a answer is yes, tho I would say ignore the guy I've quoted below ;)

keepitonthelow
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

My god to be honest this sort of card is more for 1440p and above. You may be better off getting a R9 270X(£119) or R9 280(£159.99) both of those cards are way better then a HD 5870.

What the hell are you talking about Its a bit of a jump going from A HD 5870 and telling the person not to listen to me. Most people this is way overkill if your using this for 1080p then you wasting this card.
#12
keepitonthelow
fowler002
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

As some have already replied the a answer is yes, tho I would say ignore the guy I've quoted below ;)

keepitonthelow
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

My god to be honest this sort of card is more for 1440p and above. You may be better off getting a R9 270X(£119) or R9 280(£159.99) both of those cards are way better then a HD 5870.

What the hell are you talking about Its a bit of a jump going from A HD 5870 and telling the person not to listen to me. Most people this is way overkill if your using this for 1080p then you wasting this card.
ezd
#13
Aren't most people better off waiting 3-4 months for the inevitable new releases from both AMD and Nvidia? These cards will no doubt drop in price fairly significantly then, and you might get a 'better bang for your buck' on one of the newer cards.
#14
gr8h8me
I feel soo uneasy over clocking every time I go into bios I have to go to the toilet (_;)
This is a GPU. You dont change bios settings to overclock a GPU you usually use software.

Hope that helps.
Your comment did make me laugh though.
#15
I found that with UK summer heat, any modest overclocking attempts with GPU makes it unstabe except on water cooling setups.
#16
Any reviews for this card?
2 Likes #17
explosiveblarg
Any reviews for this card?

I tried to review this card for you..... *zooooooooooom*......... but it was too fast ;)
1 Like #18
HedgyHoggy
delboyd
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

Oh Christ yes... Enormous upgrade...

liddlefeesh is not Christ.

I am.

Do you know if I watercool this if I'll get any Stigmata problems? I don't want blood on my motherboard, that's happened before but I was angry that time.
banned#19
keepitonthelow
fowler002
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

As some have already replied the a answer is yes, tho I would say ignore the guy I've quoted below ;)

keepitonthelow
liddlefeesh
I've been out of the loop for a while.. would this be a worthwhile upgrade from a Radeon 5870?

My god to be honest this sort of card is more for 1440p and above. You may be better off getting a R9 270X(£119) or R9 280(£159.99) both of those cards are way better then a HD 5870.

What the hell are you talking about Its a bit of a jump going from A HD 5870 and telling the person not to listen to me. Most people this is way overkill if your using this for 1080p then you wasting this card.

You've gone too far the other way suggesting a 270x or 280(non x), those wouldn't be much if a jump from a 5870. The minimum for a decent PC gaming is the 280x, unless your budget absolutely can't be stretched to £200. The 280x version of this card is £199.99, so would say if the budget allows this card would be worth getting as it'll be more future proof than the 270x, 280, 280x.
#20
Thanks everyone. The debate's been quite useful.

I have 2 x 5870's in my PC, running four monitors.. the main one has a 1440p resolution.. So it would be quite nice to run games at this resolution instead of dropping down to 1920x1080 or1680x1050.

Passmark has the 5870 at 2610, the 7950 (is this the same as an R9 280?) at 4658 although it seems a bit marginal in the benchmarks at 1440p (although it seems to use less power than the 280X.

The 290X looks awesome at 6808 though.. £269.99 at Amazon seems to be a good £/passmark ratio :)

Ahh, decisions, decisions!
banned 1 Like #21
liddlefeesh
Thanks everyone. The debate's been quite useful.

I have 2 x 5870's in my PC, running four monitors.. the main one has a 1440p resolution.. So it would be quite nice to run games at this resolution instead of dropping down to 1920x1080 or1680x1050.

Passmark has the 5870 at 2610, the 7950 (is this the same as an R9 280?) at 4658 although it seems a bit marginal in the benchmarks at 1440p (although it seems to use less power than the 280X.

The 290X looks awesome at 6808 though.. £269.99 at Amazon seems to be a good £/passmark ratio :)

Ahh, decisions, decisions!

The 280x was originally just a rebadged and slightly speed bumped 7970, I read awhile ago(well can't remember exactly when) that amd were going to be making change to the 280x so it wasn't just a rebadged 7970 tho I haven't read anything since.

This is the 290 not the 290x, this has been overclocker so the performance is meant to better than a stock 290x but you can oc a 290x past this. Saying all that it's not really worth buying a 290x over a 290 in terms of price/performance(well if you can find a 290x with a third party cooler for this sort of price from a reputable seller it's a no brainer :p ).
1 Like #22
You wont get the 3 free games from AMD Radeon Gold Reward if you buy from Amazon. As people have said you would probably be better off getting the Sapphire Tri - x from dabs for 279.99 after you add the discount code so you benefit from the 3 free games.
#23
The stock clock may be higher than a 290x but that's only after a high overclock. The 290x is still the more powerful card, important people understand that this card does not become a 290x with an overclock.
1 Like #24
liddlefeesh
Thanks everyone. The debate's been quite useful.

I have 2 x 5870's in my PC, running four monitors.. the main one has a 1440p resolution.. So it would be quite nice to run games at this resolution instead of dropping down to 1920x1080 or1680x1050.

Passmark has the 5870 at 2610, the 7950 (is this the same as an R9 280?) at 4658 although it seems a bit marginal in the benchmarks at 1440p (although it seems to use less power than the 280X.

The 290X looks awesome at 6808 though.. £269.99 at Amazon seems to be a good £/passmark ratio :)

Ahh, decisions, decisions!

Looking at a passmark score means nothing. You want to actually look at real work benchmarks
banned#25
arsenalfan
You wont get the 3 free games from AMD Radeon Gold Reward if you buy from Amazon. As people have said you would probably be better off getting the Sapphire Tri - x from dabs for 279.99 after you add the discount code so you benefit from the 3 free games.

Where does it say you don't get the amd reward if you buy from amazon?
1 Like #26
fowler002

Where does it say you don't get the amd reward if you buy from amazon?

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsreloadedforever.aspx
banned#27
arsenalfan
fowler002

Where does it say you don't get the amd reward if you buy from amazon?

http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/never-settle/Pages/nsreloadedforever.aspx

Well thanks for that, guess that's good to know for those looking to buy an amd card.
#28
Just got a flubit offer for £255 but I'm going to wait for now
#29
explosiveblarg
liddlefeesh
Thanks everyone. The debate's been quite useful.

I have 2 x 5870's in my PC, running four monitors.. the main one has a 1440p resolution.. So it would be quite nice to run games at this resolution instead of dropping down to 1920x1080 or1680x1050.

Passmark has the 5870 at 2610, the 7950 (is this the same as an R9 280?) at 4658 although it seems a bit marginal in the benchmarks at 1440p (although it seems to use less power than the 280X.

The 290X looks awesome at 6808 though.. £269.99 at Amazon seems to be a good £/passmark ratio :)

Ahh, decisions, decisions!

Looking at a passmark score means nothing. You want to actually look at real work benchmarks

Those are good, thanks for the link.
#30
how would this compare to my asus gtx 670 oc?
banned#31
johnbuckley948011
how would this compare to my asus gtx 670 oc?

Well let's just say that a 290 is compare able to the 780, make of it what you will :p
1 Like #32
I've got an R9 290 and it's fast but I'd say I'd rate it for 1080p only with ultra settings. Gaming wise you tend to find the intel cpu's have faster fpus so you get a few frames extra.
Now the bit that will upset a few people, all the R9 290's run very hot and the exhaust of the back just doesn't push the heat out effectively. Pretty much you are dumping a lot of heat into your case. You either have to use something like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N9dZhEC4as or have very good airflow in your case. If you're matching this with a OC FX8320 on a cheap board then I would recommend extra cooling or you might start throttling when your vrm and northbridge get toasty.
#33
Thanks Kester. I'm considering getting the 280X because it's 50W less TDP and also according to the real world benchmarks it runs ~30C cooler across the board.

This has been a very entertaining and informative thread :)
#34
I went for the 290 because it for cheap for £220 2nd hand. Doesn't
Throttle because I let the fan run up to 80% and keep it around 80 degrees. Not checked the VRM temps but I would say the must get high. Most optimised games run well but bio shock infinite stuttered a few times on some of the more complex levels, the part where you kill comstock.
One day when I have the balls I might mod it for better cooling.
banned#35
kester76
I went for the 290 because it for cheap for £220 2nd hand. Doesn't
Throttle because I let the fan run up to 80% and keep it around 80 degrees. Not checked the VRM temps but I would say the must get high. Most optimised games run well but bio shock infinite stuttered a few times on some of the more complex levels, the part where you kill comstock.
One day when I have the balls I might mod it for better cooling.

I'm guessing you have the stock cooler 290, the third party cooler 290/x don't run as hot or as loud. Please keep the old 'fact' out of third party cooler 290/x threads.

As for the point on the heat not being exhausted, from what I've read from people who know more than me is that the stock cooler exchausts the heat while all/most third part coolers dump it in the case(not too big an issue if you have a case with good airflow to push the heat out of the case).


liddlefeesh
Thanks Kester. I'm considering getting the 280X because it's 50W less TDP and also according to the real world benchmarks it runs ~30C cooler across the board.

This has been a very entertaining and informative thread :)

In the end it's up to you but for the res/number of monitors you're running I would say you'd be wanting a 290.
#36
fowler002
kester76
I went for the 290 because it for cheap for £220 2nd hand. Doesn't
Throttle because I let the fan run up to 80% and keep it around 80 degrees. Not checked the VRM temps but I would say the must get high. Most optimised games run well but bio shock infinite stuttered a few times on some of the more complex levels, the part where you kill comstock.
One day when I have the balls I might mod it for better cooling.

I'm guessing you have the stock cooler 290, the third party cooler 290/x don't run as hot or as loud. Please keep the old 'fact' out of third party cooler 290/x threads.

As for the point on the heat not being exhausted, from what I've read from people who know more than me is that the stock cooler exchausts the heat while all/most third part coolers dump it in the case(not too big an issue if you have a case with good airflow to push the heat out of the case).


liddlefeesh
Thanks Kester. I'm considering getting the 280X because it's 50W less TDP and also according to the real world benchmarks it runs ~30C cooler across the board.

This has been a very entertaining and informative thread :)

In the end it's up to you but for the res/number of monitors you're running I would say you'd be wanting a 290.

I'd recommend the 290 as well. Both ref and 3rd party coolers use their rear exhaust, what I was trying to explain is that excess heat in a case effects the performance of the card and that the coolers only work if you have good airflow. Cooling is fine on the stock it's just very noisy with the fan at high speed :) Sorry if you didn't understand my statement.
#37
tried AMD 1st time this year, never again
#38
pidgin
tried AMD 1st time this year, never again

Any further comments what were you using CPU GPU APU
#39
This is 'temporarily out of stock' through Amazon. Other sellers are ~ £100 more oO
#40
fowler002
kester76


[quote=liddlefeesh] Thanks Kester. I'm considering getting the 280X because it's 50W less TDP and also according to the real world benchmarks it runs ~30C cooler across the board.

This has been a very entertaining and informative thread :)

In the end it's up to you but for the res/number of monitors you're running I would say you'd be wanting a 290.

I currently have two 5870's. The first runs the 1440p monitor and one 1080p monitor, the second runs two 1080p monitors.

I'm replacing the first 5870 with the Asus 280X TOP Direct CU II version. I felt that all the 290s would run too hot / use too much power for general use but the 280X hits the sweet spot. I'll probably use onboard video for one monitor so that the 280X can just run the main one.

I went via Dabs.com, QuidCo cashback tracked and used their HEAT10 coupon for £10 off.

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