HIS Radeon R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC Video Card Review


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Video Card Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System.

HIS_Radeon_R9_290_iPower_IceQ_X2_OC_4GB_Video_Card_GPU-ZIn each benchmark test there is one ‘cache run’ that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS Z78I-PRO
  • System Memory: 8GB Avexir Blitz DDR3 1600MHz
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4670k 3.4GHz
  • Disk Drive 1: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
  • Disk Drive 2: 1TB Seagate 7200 SATA HDD
  • PSU: Corsair HX750w (model: CMPSU-750HX)
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark11 Professional Edition by Futuremark
    • Settings: Performance Level Preset, 1280×720, 1x AA, Trilinear Filtering, Tessellation level 5)
  • Aliens vs Predator Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows
  • Lost Planet 2 Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Benchmark B, 32xCSAA, High Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
    • Settings: DirectX 11, Ultra Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 8x AA
  • BattleField 3
    • Settings: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, AA Post High, 16x AF 120s Fraps scene (Operation Swordbreaker)
  • Metro 2033 Benchmark
    • Settings: Very-High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, Tessellation, PhysX Disabled – 120s Fraps (Chase Scene)
  • Project Cars (Alpha Build 751)
    • Settings: DirectX-11, Ultra Quality, SMAA S2X, 16x AF, Texture Resolution High, World Detail High – 120s Fraps (1 Lap Milan Classic Formula B)

PCI-Express Graphics Cards

Graphics Card HIS R9 270X HIS R9 280
GeForce GTX770 HIS R9 280X HIS R9 290
GPU Cores 1280 1792 1536 2048 2560
Core Clock (MHz) 1050 953 1046 1000 967
Shader Clock (MHz) 1140 Boost N/A 1085 Boost 1050 Boost N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1400 1250 1752 1500 1250
Memory Amount 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X (1050 MHz GPU/1140 MHz Boost/1400 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.6)
  • AMD Radeon R9 280 (953 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.6)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 (1046 MHz GPU/1085 MHz Boost/1752 MHz vRAM – Forceware 337.88)
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X GAMING (1000 MHz GPU/1050 MHz Boost/1500 MHz vRAM – Catalyst 14.6)
  • HIS AMD Radeon R9 290 (967 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM – Catalyst 14.6)


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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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