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PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

However, good custom cooled versions – like the epic Powercolor R9 290X PCS+ we tested – easily stay in acceptable temperature parameters with moderate noise.
Custom cooled versions like the Powercolor PCS+ and XFX Double Dissipation can now be found for $579.99 and $589.99 respectively making it a significantly more attractive option than it was under previous pricing.

Eteknix UK link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

The Powercolor PCS+ R9 290X is an R9 290X done very well. Compared to Gigabyte’s offering (the only other non-reference design I’ve tested) the Powercolor card offers better cooling, better performance and less noise.
Powercolor PCS+ variant is an all-rounder – a truly superb creation. Powercolor’s monstrous cooling solution makes the R9 290X stay at temperatures that I personally never thought I’d see without water cooling.

Eteknix UK link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

In my testing the PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ delivered the lowest load temperatures out of the three R9 290X cards I have tested.
In the case of the PowerColor R9 290X PCS+, I was able to overclock the card higher than any R9 290X I have tested to date for a truly high performing and cool running card using an AMD GPU core. It is something you do not always get from the AIBs.

Overclockersclub US link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

However, with non-reference cooling systems such as PCS + (Professional Cooling System) from PowerColor, Radeon R9 290X with higher clock specification can still operate at a temperature of about 67 ° C at full load conditions or a decline around 27 ° C.
The cooler is quiet and cool, and while we would have liked a little higher overclocking potential, it is a very good value bet for those who want a good performance out of the box for a good price tag.

JagatReview Indonesia link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

It's nice to see that PowerColor overclock their memory out of the box, too, which is something many other pre-overclocked cards don't include.
In return, you get significantly improved cooling performance with temperatures that never go above 70°C.
With the quiet BIOS, things dramatically improve, and temperatures are still fine at 76°C.

TechPowerUp Germany link
LCS R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/03

The liquid-cooling sink used on PowerColor’s LCS AXR9 290X is definitely worthsomething over AMD’s maligned reference heat sink and fan, but is the card ultimately worth $800? Sidestepping the question of value, which market forces affect on an almost-daily basis, we find that it's better to ask if we'd spend an extra 14% to rid ourselves of the reference card’s heat and noise issues. The answer is an easy yes.

Tom’s Hardware US link
TurboDuo R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 OC 2014/02

Overall, the TurboDuo OC did good in our testing, performance is the way we expected it to be, cooling performance is on a good level, the card is very silent and we like the design of the cooler.
As always we would have liked to see the manufacturer overclock the memory and it would have been nice to get a higher factory overclocking on the GPU. Further improvements could have also been made regarding the price and power consumption under load.

ocaholic Switzerland link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/02

Factory overclocked on both core and memory, and with further headroom available, this is among the most extreme single-card solutions available today.
PowerColor has managed to strike a good balance clock speeds, fan noise and cooling performance with the PCS+. And for extreme overclocking, there's a second BIOS profile that kicks the fans into overdrive to deliver some of the lowest R9 290X temperatures we've ever seen.

Hexus UK link
PCS+ R9 290X 4GB GDDR5 2014/02

The PowerColor Radeon R9 290X PCS+ is a beast of a graphics card in many ways, it’s a potent and impressive product no matter how you look at it. What Powercolor brings to the table are excellent cooling temperatures, low or normal noise levels (your choice), great looks, a factory overclock and obviously the raw sheer unadulterated gaming performance.

Guru3D Netherland link
PCS+ R9 270X 2GB GDDR5 2014/02

PowerColor delivers a good bass performance with his R9 270X, while being one of the cheapest R9 270X cards in the test. It also represents a very good investment when we rank our NHMarks per spent crown, where the card currently hold a top position. The cooler is quiet and cool, and while we would have liked a little higher overclocking potential, it is a very good value bet for those who want a good performance out of the box for a good price tag.

NordicHardware Nordics link
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