Gigabyte has an upcoming Radeon R9 290X OC Edition graphics card. This card will feature Gigabyte’s own high performance WindForce 3X cooler. Many people have been waiting for custom R9 290X cards as the reference designed card run extremely hot and have noise issues. There have been rumors that we might not see these custom cards till 2014.
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC Edition will be known as the GV-R929XOC-4GD. It will feature 2816 stream processors, 64 ROPs and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory that is running across a 512-bit interface. The core clock would be set at 1040 MHz, which is only a 40 MHz overclock over the reference 1000 MHz of the R9 290X. The custom PCB will allow for some pretty good overclocks as well.
The WindForce 3X cooler comes with a triple fan design. It makes use of a large central aluminum fin array interconnected with 6 copper heatpipes. This cooler has the ability to dissipate 450W of heat so it shouldn’t have any issues keeping the Hawaii GPU nice and cool.
Launch date and price have not been released, but expect this card to be around the $600+ mark.