PowerColor has been a leading name in the list of AMD manufacturers and they just recently previewed their Radeon R9 290X PCS+ which is going to be launched soon. This card includes triple fan cooling solution which will protect from heat and cool the AMD’s flagship Hawaii chip. We should be expecting the non reference models of the Radeon R9 290X by next week and it is most likely that they will generate better cooling and overclocking performance.
PowerColor’s Radeon R9 290X PCS+ is equipped with the flagship Hawaii XT chip which has 2816 Stream processors, 64 ROPs and 176 TMUs. It features a GDDR5 memory of 4 GB which spreads across a 512-bit bus interface. The 8+6 Pin connectors power the card and the reference model features the same connectors because the card is using the AMD reference PCB for the Hawaii GPU and this might be a bit of a disappointment. There are a couple of reference models coming up next month but hardly a few are going to feature custom PCB designs which will be capable of generating better overclocking results.
So far there has been no mention of the clock speeds but it is most likely that the PowerColor is going to add in a factory overclock at around 1040 MHz for core and 5200/5400 MHz memory clock. A Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a single full length Display port will provide the display outputs. The most attractive feature of the card is going to be the triple fan cooling system. The fan is going to push the heat towards the central heatsink which is made up of two aluminum fin array blocks and covers the most critical parts including the Core, Memory and Power areas. We are expecting the Radeon R9 290X PCS+ to hit the retail next month for a premium price over the reference MSRP of $549 US for the R9 290X.
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