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I was looking to get a PowerColor PCS+ 290 2nd hand, but reading the last few pages in this thread makes it seem like not such a great idea? I'm in Australia, and reading Powercolor's warranty information, they offer no warranty outside of US/Canada? Originally I was worried about artifacting or something from a damaged card, but it seems as though lots of people are having issues with black screens on boot? Should I stray away from the Powercolor in favour of a different model card considering I'm buying 2nd hand?
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I was looking to get a PowerColor PCS+ 290 2nd hand, but reading the last few pages in this thread makes it seem like not such a great idea? I'm in Australia, and reading Powercolor's warranty information, they offer no warranty outside of US/Canada? Originally I was worried about artifacting or something from a damaged card, but it seems as though lots of people are having issues with black screens on boot? Should I stray away from the Powercolor in favour of a different model card considering I'm buying 2nd hand?

After my experiences with their 290's and given there still seems to be issues since I originally ran into mine I'd buy with the assumption you have to find and flash a new firmware onto it.

It's a real shame, as the hardware and what you get on paper seem to be pretty good. But I don't think a consumer should have to go through so many hoops to get their graphics card into a working state. If you found another card for a good price I wouldn't blame you if you skipped this one.
    
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Yeah, there's not many going second hand here, I can see one Powercolor and one XFX core, both are overpriced atm. I think I see one a month on the forums, pickings are a bit slim unfortunately. I think i'll be done with fallout and back onto MOBA's by the time I actually find a card haha.

So, I did a bit of reading, it seems as though if the card is a reference PCB it's possible to just flash a new bios on and that fixes the problem? I guess that's something worth finding out, because I can't see any other cards for sale :/
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So, I did a bit of reading, it seems as though if the card is a reference PCB it's possible to just flash a new bios on and that fixes the problem? I guess that's something worth finding out, because I can't see any other cards for sale :/

That's all I needed to do when I got mine and it's been fine ever since. I can't say I've stayed in the loop on the later developments once I resolved my black screen issues.

I have Hynix memory on my card but it was a toss up if the ref card came with Elpida or Hynix at the time.
    
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This weekend I've been trying to eliminate the overclocking ceiling on my PCS 290s. I was never able to push beyond 1350 MHz RAM using my Samsung RAM PCS 290 and 1450 MHz RAM on my Hynix RAM PCS 290. It frustrated me to no end because I wasn't able to overclock each card identically in Crossfire. mad.gif

I am finally was able to reach 1540 MHz RAM using both cards and eek out an additional 6% of performance biggrin.gif

Benchmark: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/7794373/fs/7785319

How did I do this? I used the PCS 390/390X BIOSes as a base onto which I hacked on 290/290X memory support along with the Stilt memory timings.

If anyone else wants to give them a try I've uploaded them here:
http://nils.schimmelmann.us/post/140987425977/modded-r9-390x-bios-for-the-powercolor-pcs-r9

Cheers! thumb.gif
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This weekend I've been trying to eliminate the overclocking ceiling on my PCS 290s. I was never able to push beyond 1350 MHz RAM using my Samsung RAM PCS 290 and 1450 MHz RAM on my Hynix RAM PCS 290. It frustrated me to no end because I wasn't able to overclock each card identically in Crossfire. mad.gif

I am finally was able to reach 1540 MHz RAM using both cards and eek out an additional 6% of performance biggrin.gif

Benchmark: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/7794373/fs/7785319

How did I do this? I used the PCS 390/390X BIOSes as a base onto which I hacked on 290/290X memory support along with the Stilt memory timings.

If anyone else wants to give them a try I've uploaded them here:
http://nils.schimmelmann.us/post/140987425977/modded-r9-390x-bios-for-the-powercolor-pcs-r9

Cheers! thumb.gif

Thank you for your effort, however it doesn't work on my LF R29F v1.0, it would just go to black screen after bootup.
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