Page 1:Third-Party Cooling And An Attractive Price?
Page 2:Take A Tour Of The PCS+ R9 290X
Page 3:Box Contents, Dimensions, And Weight
Page 4:Gaming Performance
Page 5:Power Draw: Test System And Methods
Page 6:Power Draw: Gaming, Web Browsing, And Idle
Page 7:Clock Rates, Temperature, And Sound Level
Page 8:Solid Performance And Pricing Come Together
Box Contents, Dimensions, And Weight
PowerColor does not include many accessories. Its box contains one driver CD and a 6-to-8-pin PCIe power adapter. But why bother with accessories that most customers don't even need? I prefer an aggressive price tag to a big bundle every single time.
Lab Note about the Dimensions
The dimensions reported here don't necessarily match the manufacturer's official technical specifications. Rather, we measure them by hand to assure they're correct. The image and chart below should help illustrate what each measurement actually means. Auxiliary PCI Express power connectors are not included; they have to be added depending on the power plug and cable design.
While the PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X is a 2.5-slot card, and consequently requires that you set aside three expansion slots to accommodate it, the board's 4.3" height is the lowest we've ever seen from a Radeon R9 290X. The PCS+'s other dimensions confirm that this card is indeed massive, though.
|Models||Length (L)||Height (H)||Depth (D1)||Depth (D2)|
|Asus R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5 R9 290X DirectCU II OC||11.3”||5.6”||1.5”||0.16”|
|Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X||12.0”||4.5”||1.5”||0.16”|
|Gigabyte GV-R929XOC-4GD R9 290X Windforce OC||11.1”||4.8”||1.5”||0.16”|
|HIS R9 290X IceQ X² Turbo||11.7”||5.3”||1.4”||0.16”|
|MSI R9 290X Gaming 4G||11.0”||4.7”||1.5”||0.24”|
|MSI R9 290X Lightning||12.0”||4.8”||2.1”||0.20”|
|PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X||11.6”||4.3”||1.8”||0.23”|
The weight of a card might be interesting if you're trying to figure out if any additional support is needed, or to calculate the amount of stress your motherboard might be under in a CrossFire-based setup. Compared to its impressive volume, however, the PCS+ R9 290X is actually quite light. In fact, only HIS' slim card is lighter.
|Asus R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5 R9 290X DirectCU II OC||2.5 lbs|
|Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290X||2.3 lbs|
|Gigabyte GV-R929XOC-4GD R9 290X Windforce OC||2.3 lbs|
|HIS R9 290X IceQ X² Turbo||2.2 lbs|
|MSI R9 290X Gaming 4G||2.3 lbs|
|MSI R9 290X Lightning||3.5 lbs|
|PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X||2.24 lbs|