HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC Video Card Review


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HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X² OC 4GB Video Card Review

By Steven Iglesias-Hearst

Manufacturer: Hightech Information System Ltd.
Product Name: R9 290 iPower IceQ X² OC 4GB GDDR5 PCI-E DLDVI-I/HDMI/2xMini DP
Model Number: H290QMC4GD
UPC: 4895139009330
Price As Tested: $409.99 (NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Hightech Information System Ltd.

Since AMD announced their GPU 14 R9 series video cards, AIB partners have been tweaking and tuning their own aftermarket designs. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB video card (Model# H290QMC4GD). As the name suggests, this particular model features the high end IceQ X2 cooler from the HIS labs and slightly faster Core and Memory speeds. I have seen the evolution of this cooler first hand and I know it to be fully capable. Two 89mm dual axial fans and five heatpipes ensure that your temperatures will stay well within safe limits with the minimum amount of noise, even during overclocking.

While R9 280/280X and the R9 270/270X video cards were re-brands of the AMD 7000 series, the R9 290/290X actually bring a new architecture to the market – Hawaii. The Hawaii GPU architecture is based on the latest GCN 2.0 (Graphics Core Next) architecture, built from ground up to deliver the next era of gaming performance. AMD has made some very big changes with the new Hawaii architecture which include the addition of a massive 512-bit bus interface and stream processor count up to 2816 SPs on a 28nm die that has a size of just around 420mm2 (R9 290X).

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.


HIS Radeon R9 290 Specifications

  • Total Stream Processors: 2560
  • Engine Clock: 967 MHz Boost
  • Memory Configuration: 4GB GDDR5 / 512-bit
  • Memory Speed: 5 Gbps
  • Power Connectors: 2x 8-pin
  • PCI-E Standard: PCI-E 3.0
  • API Support: DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, Mantle
  • Output: DisplayPort / HDMI /2 x DVI-D
  • Card Dimension: 29.7 x 14.3 x 4.2 cm

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


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  1. Athlonite

    Which fans are they using on this cards cooler if the fans are made by Zunshan I wouldn’t touch it with a 2000mtr barge pole

    2 from 2 HIS graphics cards both with ZunShan fans had the fans fail within the first 12 months of ownership 1st fan failed at 9 months 2nd fan failed at 7 months, both became very noisy as if the bearing were dry neither could be re-lubed as neither fan could be taken apart to do so without breaking the housing making the fan useless

    1. Steven Iglesias-Hearst

      Hi Athlonite.

      This model isn’t using those ZunShan fans that you were referring to. Instead they are using FirstDO 12V DC Brushless 0.35AMP (model# fd7010h12d) fans.

      Hope this helps,


  2. iFLAME

    I like the way you’ve included R9 270x and 280 – gives pretty clear idea of how things start to scale with those extra stream processors. Pitting everything against a GTX Titan/R9 295 (like what some other sites are doing) sometimes yields only confusion. Fine review, Keep them coming 🙂

  3. Cody Griffy

    Thanks the review inspired me to purchase this card!

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