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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:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

With a quartet of PCIe power connections, you knew the Devil 13 was going to pull some juice from the mains. In all the tests save one, the Devil 13 did indeed draw more current than the reference card. AMD binned the cores for the reference cards using low leakage cores to drive the power consumption down so the AIO cooler could handle the load. PowerColor is using higher leakage cores that pull more current for a given clock speed, and it shows in both load tests.




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