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
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).
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