XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation Review
By Olin Coles
Manufacturer: PINE Technology Holdings Limited, dba XFX
Product Name: Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290
Model Number: R9-290A-EDFD
Price: Starting at $559.99 (Amazon | Newegg)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by XFX.
When the AMD Radeon R9 290X video card debuted, it first appeared to be a solid competitor to NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 series… until heat and noise were taken into consideration. The Curacao XT-based video card offered plenty of graphics power, but the cooling system was forced to work hard and loud. When the Radeon R9 290 series arrived, this gave brands such as XFX the opportunity to further improve upon the AMD reference design by incorporating a much better cooling solution paired with long-life capacitors. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the XFX Radeon R9 290 Double D, model R9-290A-EDFD, which sells online for $499.99 (Amazon). This Black Edition Double Dissipation Radeon R9 290 features a 947 MHz UltraHD 4K resolution-ready graphics card with 2560 Stream processors and support for the upcoming DirectX 11.2 API.
AMD’s recent direction extends their graphics reach into emerging markets, primarily through the use of integrated GPUs. This hasn’t slowed their pursuit in the discrete graphics market, where the AMD Radeon video card series continues to battle for supremacy in some of the most demanding DirectX 11 video games available on PC. The AMD Radeon R9 290 is an example of this effort, utilizing a Hawaii-Pro GPU that’s clocked to 947 MHz with 4GB GDDR5 memory at 5 GHz. Benchmark Reviews tests the custom-designed XFX Radeon R9 290 Double-Dissipation Black Edition video card using several highly-demanding DX11 video games such as Metro: Last Light, Batman: Arkham City, and Battlefield 4.
What’s new in Radeon R9 290: revamped AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture supports upcoming DirectX 11.2 API, UltraHD 4K resolution-ready via DisplayPort MST streams, and a new AMD CrossFire technology via hardware DMA engine.
XFX Radeon R9 290 DD Specifications:
|Output||1 x HDMI 1.4a (with 3D)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x Dual-Link DVI-D
|GPU||947 MHz Core Clock
28 nm Hawaii Chip
2560 Stream Processors
|Video Memory||4096 MB Size
5000 MHz Effective
|Dimension||11.61″ x 5.63″ x 1.65″
Dual slot design
|Software||Driver Disk Installation Guide
|Accessory||Quick Installation Guide
6-pin to 4-pin power cable
8-pin to 6-pin power cable
UltraHD 4K Resolution is:
- 3840 x 2160 30 Hz TV
- 4096 x 2160 24 Hz TV
- Half frame 1920 x 2160 60 Hz IT
- Half frame 2048 x 2160 60 Hz IT