HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo Specifications
HIS interpretation of extreme performance is met with IceQ X2 cooling and custom PCB.
You should know though, that this is not the fastest R9 290X model in HIS line-up. There’s also R9 290X Hybrid, with Arctic Accelero cooler.
Our sample is clocked at 1040/5400 MHz for core and memory respectively. This is exactly 40 MHz faster core and 400 MHz faster memory.
Radeon R9 290X is equipped with 4GB GDDR5 memory across 512-bit interface. It means that this card has the highest bandwidth from all cards in this test: 346 GB/s.
Just like Radeon R9 285, R9 290X comes with four display outputs: DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort.
|HIS Radeon R9 Series|
|HIS R9 280|
IceQ X² OC
|HIS R9 285|
IceQ X² OC
|HIS R9 280X iPower|
IceQ X² Turbo
|HIS R9 290X iPower|
IceQ X² Turbo
|GPU Codename||Tahiti PRO||Tonga PRO||Tahiti XT||Hawaii XT|
|Base Clock||847 MHz||938 MHz||1000 MHz||1040 MHz|
|Boost Clock||953 MHz||–||1050 MHz||–|
|Memory Clock||1250 MHz||1375 MHz||1500 MHz||1350 MHz|
|Memory||3GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||3GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Bandwidth||240 GB/s||176 GB/s||288 GB/s||346 GB/s|
|Power Connectors||6pin + 6pin||6pin + 6pin||8pin + 6pin||8pin + 8pin|
A closer look at HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo
The first thing you will notice by comparing HIS R9 290X to R9 280 series is the backplate. You can only get it by purchasing R9 290X (Turbo or non-Turbo model). The direction of the HIS logo bugged me, once installed it says SIH.
The other feature exclusive to R9 290 series is the special holder (as seen right on top of the card in first picture below). You can easily remove it, but I found it very useful while removing the card for other tests. The good example of its utility is that you will never burn yourself by accidental touching the heat pipes (which are often very hot after stress testing, obviously).
Moving forward to the PCB design, we should note that HIS R9 290X IceQ X2 is a fully custom graphics card. It means that not only is cooling replaced with a more efficient solution, but that the board has also been designed from the scratch by HIS engineers. First thing to mention is more powerful VRM. This sample has 9 PWM phase design, ensuring more stable operation under higher usage. The PCB is equipped with two 8-pin power connectors, making sure the card always gets enough power.
The exclusive feature of Hawai-based models is dual-BIOS switch. You can either put the card into Silent or Standard (UBER) mode. What you should know about Silent mode is that R9 290(X) owners almost never use it. It’s a useful feature for people with reference models, where the cooling solution isn’t as good. Since silent mode also limits TDP and clock speeds, we are not using this mode in our review.
- Width: 143 mm
- Length: 297 mm
- Height: 2-slot
- Weight: 1025 g
- Cooling: IceQ X2 (dual-fan)
- Display outputs: DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort
HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo packaging
|Page 2||Overview HIS Radeon R9 285 IceQ X² OC|
|Page 3||Overview HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X² OC|
|Page 4||Overview HIS Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ X² Turbo|
|Page 5||Overview HIS Radeon R9 290X iPower IceQ X² Turbo|
|Page 6||Overview EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked ACX|
|Page 7||Overview Palit GeForce GTX 770 JetStream|
|Page 8||Overview Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti OC|
|Page 9||Testing platform and methodology|
|Page 10||Games Batman: Arkham Origins ● BioShock Infinite ● Total War: Rome 2 ● Alien:Isolation|
|Page 11||Games Company of Heroes 2 ● GRID Autosport ● Hitman Absolution ● Watch Dogs|
|Page 12||Games Metro: Last Light ● Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ● Tomb Raider|
|Page 13||Games Battlefield 4 ● THIEF ● Sniper Elite III|
|Page 14||Test 3DMark Fire Strike ● Catzilla ● CompuBench|
|Page 15||Test ComputeMark ● TessMark ● Luxxmark|
|Page 16||Test Power consumption ● Temperature|
|Page 17||Test Overclocking|