HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC Video Card Review


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Selling online for $409.99 (NewEgg), the HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB video card is designed to compete but priced slightly higher than NVIDIA’s GTX 770 video card. As you will see in the tests later, the HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB beats the GTX 770 in all but one of the benchmarks


HIS spared nothing in this design and they have made an absolute monster of a video card. Measuring 29.7cm long and 14.3cm tall you need a high end PC case just to house this beast. Weight will be an issue but thankfully HIS have taken this into consideration and have built support into the cooler design.


From the side view we get a sneak peek of three heatpipes, the other two are on the underside. At the thickest point the HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB video card is 4.2cm thick. HIS have chosen length over girth in the cooler design to maintain a 2-slot thickness. This model requires two 8-pin power connectors from your PSU.


The HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB video card features a display port, a full size HDMI port and two DVI-D connectors.


A quick look at the rear of the HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB video card shows that the size is not merely relative to the cooler. The PCB and backplate are absolutely massive too. The power design of this model creates a trade off between power and size.


The IceQ X2 cooler is an open air design that will inevitably exhaust warm air inside your PC case. There are vents on the backplate to take some of this air outside of your case but you will need to rely on you PC case cooling system to disperse ~95% of the hot air generated.


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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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