Gigabyte's Radeon R9 290X WindForce Launched

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • vmem
    ahh, these finally begin to show up :D
  • Devoteicon
    Hopefully I can pick one up before the miners clean 'em out.
  • iam2thecrowe
    cant wait to see some benches of how these cards SHOULD have been made.
  • ZolaIII
    & in a best form as this will be excellent solution that will not cost much more then stock based ones.
    It will probably be a best market solution!
  • Stevemeister
    Instead of "the way its meant to be played" it will be a case of "the way it should have been built"
  • goodguy713
    yea they also have a 4GB version of the R9 270x coming too. :P
  • Hando567
    Am I the only one who dislikes the new I/O panel compared to the old one?

    I always thought a single slot I/O with a full width vent was a cleaner look. I also am a big fan of miniDP and HDMI over DVI or DP.

    Yes I do realize it has an HDMI out, I just with it had only that and 5 miniDP connectors for eyefinity 6 connectivity.
  • photonboy
    DP1.2 supports up to four 1920x1200 monitors via a single DP connection using either Daisy Chain (supported monitors) or a DP hub.
  • 3ogdy
    There is also an R9-290 being prepared.
    "Ces cartes devraient arriver dans le commerce fin décembre / début janvier à un tarif non précisé."
    "These cards should arrive at the end of December / beginning of January at unspecified prices"

    You are partially right but, I use Eyefinity with an active DP->DVI adapter and I don't see why I should get a new adapter with my new card when it actually does the exact same thing. I'm not saying there should be no cards with nothing but miniDP connections, but there DEFINITELY have to be cards with DVI+ full size DPs.

  • 9-Ball
    Grrrrr ... no release date info? I have my trigger finger on a Titan (if the price doesn't put me off), a 780 Ti or one of these. I want the world ... I want the whole world ... etc.