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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by Peanuts4 View Post

Garbage company, void your warranty if you overclock. This was regarding my 7950.

Denny Ly denny_ly@powercolor.com

9/12/13

to me

“If the card can run well above 850Mhz why would I want to just have it limited to 850Mhz?”

PowerColor don’t recommend any users modify/repair any part on video card that could cause further physical damage and that would void the warranty service.

http://www.powercolor.com/us/support_warranty.asp



You could adjust whichever way you want, I couldn’t suggest anything regarding overclock.

Try testing with Furmark, set the Anti-aliasing to 8x msaa.

Thank you,

Denny

WOW. Warranty void if overclocking? Is that for real or what. Either that guy is clueless or powercolor is a crap company. Even though I doubt they can detect it with an RMA'ed part, on principle alone that is not something inspiring in terms of customer service.

I want to find reasons to say this card is excellent because the cooling is very good. VERY good. But the factory overclock does nothing and in fact the card performs slower than reference most of the time despite the factory OC - and "engineering sample" doesn't excuse that issue. This issue performance wise should not be happening no matter what, all 290X GPUs clocked at "X" speed over stock will perform predictably as long as cooling is in line. Which cooling definitely is where it should be with the powercolor card. As if that issue weren't enough, we now have this. I dunno. If the first issue seemed like a turn off, the second one takes the cake.
Edited by xoleras - 2/26/14 at 10:47am
post #32 of 38
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I'm aware of the conclusion. Read my above post, it doesn't excuse powercolor in this instance and doesn't explain whether the retail product is similar. As things stand, it seems like the sapphire card is the best aftermarket 290X by a mile, and it does not demonstrate performance anomalies with the factory overclock - it is consistency faster than the reference even with just the factory overclock, which is what should happen. Always. Hawaii clocked at XXX MHz gives you a certain level of performance. When the factory overclock doesn't do that...then something aint right. .




Do you know what? The more I think about it Powercolor should have checked the card before submitting first or it was and it is as is redface.gif
Edited by ladcrooks - 2/26/14 at 11:18am
post #33 of 38
Does it have thermal pads? does it use Hynix? if not they can keep it. Also testing on auto is as bad as it gets, get both coolers at same rpm then test the performance, i know even this is not right, but at least its better measure.
Edited by psyside - 2/26/14 at 12:49pm
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post #34 of 38
My PCS+ 290 has thermo pads(Blue in color) and hynix memory. I expect the 290x will also.
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http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/66625-powercolor-radeon-r9-290x-pcs/?page=10

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A choice of BIOS modes gives users better control over fan noise. We reckon most gamers will want to stick to the quiet profile, which strikes an agreeable balance between cooling and acoustic performance by limiting noise levels to around 40dB.

Fan speeds are kept below 50 per cent in the aforementioned scenario (<2,200rpm), but flip over to performance mode and the PCS+ becomes far more vocal. Sure, temperatures are lowered significantly, however the fans are quick to ramp up to 75 per cent (roughly 3,000rpm) and at that point the card's unmistakable bellow registered 48.6dB on our noise meter.
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Why would you tell them you overclocked the card in the first place? Who really does that?
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post #37 of 38
Purchased two 290x PCS+'s from Newegg earlier today. Will be Crossfiring. I will receive them tomorrow.(Fri)

I will get a pic or two and a fire-strike run posted ASAP. thumb.gif
post #38 of 38
Looks like the hexus review is on target. The pcs+ is on par with the asus that has same overclock.
Mine are running well

Update:

Wow! This is the highest overclocking Elpida memory I have ever seen. I know of no other 290 or 290x that can hit 1600X4 on stock voltage! thumb.gif Running two in Crossfire. Both core's at 1150 and memory at 1600. Using Sapphire Trixx to get core Voltage to +125.

Edited by Cool Mike - 3/23/14 at 6:04am
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