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PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Review

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PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

At idle, the PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ is more efficient than the comparison R9 290X cards; one a reference design, one a custom design. Under load at stock speeds, the PowerColor PCS+ uses 13 watts less than the XFX card. Overclocked results are not as rosy due to varying voltage offsets needed to run the number, but in this case the PCS+ uses only two watts more than the reference version from PowerColor.



  1. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+: Specifications & Features
  4. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Setup & Overclocking
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  10. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Battlefield 4
  11. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  12. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Batman: Arkham Origins
  13. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Unigine Heaven 4.0
  14. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: 3DMark
  15. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Ultra HD
  16. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Temperatures
  17. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+ Testing: Power Consumption
  18. PowerColor R9 290X PCS+: Conclusion
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