Gigabyte's custom Radeon R9 290X will soon be hitting the market. Being a custom card, we'd expect it to feature a custom cooler, and this one is said to be the WindForce 3X cooler. The card's retail model name is GV-R929XOC-4GD.
The WindForce 3X cooler is capable of dissipating up to 450 W, and as such it seems Gigabyte has actually clocked the card above reference spec – at 1040 MHz. At this frequency Gigabyte claims that the card will run 15.9 dB quieter than the reference solution in 'Quiet' mode. Surprising? It shouldn't be.