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PowerColor PCS+ R9 390 8GB Review

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PowerColor PCS+ R9 390 8GB 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 1920 x 1080 using 8x AA 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.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920 x 1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius


















With a large hungry core, the R9 390 from PowerColor, when equipped with the company's premier air cooling setup, delivers very nice cooling numbers both at stock and overclocked test settings. At idle, the benifits are not as evident, but when the thermal load starts rising the PCS+ cooling solution does a very good job of keeping the silicon cool. Sporting three fans, the PCS+ will be heard when you crank up the fan speeds, but the settings in the VBIOS seem to do the trick managing that noise/heat ratio. Setting the fans to 100% manually brings some noise with much increased thermal performance from the large cooling solution.

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