PowerColor LCS R9 290X Watercooled Review

Published by Hiwa Pouri on 28.02.14
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With their R9 290X LCS PowerColor have an enthusiast grade graphics card in their portfolio, which features a full-cover water cooler from EK Water Blocks. Since the R9 290X almost needs a power plant for a PSU, there es quite some heat being generated and the reference aircooler really struggles. Other then that the power design is also running very hot and a water cooler is basically the only reasonable approch to handle the massive heat. Apart from a water cooler there is also a factory overclocking on the GPU as well as on the memory and the over all package sounds rather compelling.

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Today we are bringing you a review of the new PowerColor Radeon R9 290X LCS graphics card which features a reference PCB design paired up with a waterblock as well as a high binned GPUs which can do 60+MHz over what you can possibly achieve with most reference AMD R9 290X graphics cards. As you already know, the R9 series from AMD are famous to have a quite hot VRM part but since the PowerColor LCS is using a full cover waterblock from EK, called the EK-FC R9-290X, the VRM temperature can be kept at 29 degrees in idle and 59 degrees in load. The water cooler does a much better job as the reference cooler can keep the temperatures at around 75 degrees for the GPU and over 90 degrees for the VRM.

Since this is the LCS version of the PowerColor Radeon R9 290X series, the card also features a factory overclock. While the reference AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU is set to work at up to 1'000 MHz, the PowerColor LCS card works at 1'060 MHz. PowerColor also decided to overclock the GDDR5 memory on its card from 1'250 MHz (5'000 MHz effective) to 1'350 MHz (5'400 MHz effective).

During our testing the PowerColor Radeon R9 290X LCS held 1'060 MHz most of the time, and even while being under load, which is a shere result of the watercooled GPU so we did not see any downclocking in term of MHz caused by temprature limit protection. We did not notice any throttling while gaming which is a very good point for the watercooled PowerColor card compared to the reference cards which usually throttle down in most scenarios.


R9 290X LCS Radeon R9 290X Radeon R9 280X
Chip Hawaii XT Hawaii XT Tahiti XT2/L
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6.20 billion 6.20 billion 4.31 billion
GPU clock 1'060 MHz up to 1'000 MHz 1'000 MHz
Memory GDDR5 4'096 MB 4'096 MB 3'072 MB
Memory clock 1'350 (5'400) MHz 1'250 (5'000) MHz 1'500 (6'000) MHz
Memory interface 512 Bit 512 Bit 384 Bit
Memory bandwidth 345.6 GB/s 320.0 GB/s 288 GB/s
Shader Cores 2'816 2'816 2'048
TMUs 176 176 128
ROPs 64 64 32
PCB Type Reference Design Reference Design Reference Design
Slots 2 2 2
Cooler EK-FC R9-290X AMD Reference AMD Reference
Launch Price $799 $549 $299

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

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