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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X 8GB Review

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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 290X Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.

 

Settings

  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0, 1920x1080, 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Cooling two aptly named Vesuvius cores is a difficult task with any cooling solution, including the AIO liquid-based reference cooling solution on the R9 295X2. PowerColor went a different route than the OEM AIO cooling solution on the Devil 13, with a massive tri-fan, 10-heat pipe array that allows it to cool the cores down to levels consistent with a pair of non-reference cooled R9 290X cards in a CrossFireX configuration. At stock fan speeds, the pair of BIOS differ in how aggressively they manage the thermal load and fan speed; BIOS 1 maxes the fan speeds at 80%, while BIOS 2 goes on up to 100% under load. As a tri-fan based solution, the Devil 13 is going to be audible, and it is. When the double-blade fans spool up, you will hear the card, but it is not annoying in its tone. By setting a custom profile in Afterburner, you can limit the fan speed to around 60-65% and still get acceptable cooling performance.




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