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At $800 PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 competes with two AMD Radeon R9 390X video cards in CrossFire. If you can get R9 390X CrossFire at the same price, and you have the room for two video cards, honestly this is the smartest way to go. There might be a saving grace if the PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 overclocks well, it does have the potential to at least perform as well as R9 390X CrossFire through overclocking.


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I would like to see a comparison between it and the devil 13 290x version. My guess would be the devil 13 290x card is probably faster but has less vram. And I wonder if the devil 13 390 has the same coil whine issue that the 290x has?


Edited by ozlay - 10/19/15 at 8:24pm
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I would like to see a comparison between it and the devil 13 290x version. My guess would be the devil 13 290x card is probably faster but has less vram.

You wouldn't want to see that review, the Devil 13 290X had serious throttling problems and ran extremely hot as the cooler just wasn't fit for the job. The 290X version more than likely performs way lower than the current 390 version.

This 390x2 seems to be locked at 77C whereas the 290x2 was hitting 85C+
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With the advent of PCI-e SSD's, twin cards should be picking up in popularity for the means of quadfire/quadsli

I really want to point out that 16 PCI-e lanes would be a detriment to a single twin card. Well, unless you want a skylake build, which I really think only makes sense in ITX builds. Or a 5820k build, which works great with the SSD's having 28 lanes.

This Devil 13 would pack a wallop for an ITX case. That card must be long, but there's a CM elite case that might work. The triple slot and demanding PSU would be tricky.

IIRC, Devil cards never supported quadfire. Is this true here? Time to look...
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I would like to see a comparison between it and the devil 13 290x version. My guess would be the devil 13 290x card is probably faster but has less vram. And I wonder if the devil 13 390 has the same coil whine issue that the 290x has?

I ran two Devil 13 290x cards in quad fire and never experienced any coil whine. Maybe I got lucky?

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You wouldn't want to see that review, the Devil 13 290X had serious throttling problems and ran extremely hot as the cooler just wasn't fit for the job. The 290X version more than likely performs way lower than the current 390 version.

This 390x2 seems to be locked at 77C whereas the 290x2 was hitting 85C+

Having had two of those cards in the past, I can tell you that most cases of throttling were from people packing these enormous cards in cases with poor airflow. I 100% agree that the 290x version needed more work on the cooler, but neither of my Devil cards while in quad fire on an EATX board throttled at stock clocks unless the cards were pushed with over clocking or very strenuous gaming sessions at 4k. Keep in mind that 85c is still almost 10c cooler than the throttling point and the reference single gpu cards.

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With the advent of PCI-e SSD's, twin cards should be picking up in popularity for the means of quadfire/quadsli

I really want to point out that 16 PCI-e lanes would be a detriment to a single twin card. Well, unless you want a skylake build, which I really think only makes sense in ITX builds. Or a 5820k build, which works great with the SSD's having 28 lanes.

This Devil 13 would pack a wallop for an ITX case. That card must be long, but there's a CM elite case that might work. The triple slot and demanding PSU would be tricky.

IIRC, Devil cards never supported quadfire. Is this true here? Time to look...

Devil cards do support crossfire smile.gif
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IIRC, Devil cards never supported quadfire. Is this true here? Time to look...

 

They do support trifire and quadfire just like 295x2

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I order the PowerColor Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X one coming in on Saturday, I should be pulling similar performance right? This will power up dual monitors at 1080p @ 60Hz. Case is pretty well ventilated too and room ambient temps are within 68C-70C avg.
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With the advent of PCI-e SSD's, twin cards should be picking up in popularity for the means of quadfire/quadsli

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This Devil 13 would pack a wallop for an ITX case. That card must be long, but there's a CM elite case that might work. The triple slot and demanding PSU would be tricky.

IIRC, Devil cards never supported quadfire. Is this true here? Time to look...

if both GPU are doing the same frames, sharing the 16 lanes means nothing - both rams get the data at the same time; there's only a tiny bus difference between one GPU and two running on my 295x2.
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How is this card doing versus the GTX 1080?
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Those minimums are atrocious.
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