by Anton Shilov
12/18/2013 | 11:15 PM
PowerColor, a leading supplier of graphics cards and a subsidiary of Tul Corp., has announced the world’s first graphics card based on AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics processing unit that is equipped by a water-block made by EK Water Blocks. The card is ready to be installed into high-end rigs that feature custom liquid cooling systems.
The PowerColor LCS R9 290X runs at a pre-set factory overclock of the core to 1060MHz, a 60MHz increase over reference; it also has 4GB of memory running at 1350MHz (5400MHz effective clock-rate) frequency, a 100MHz (400MHz effective) boost over graphics card designed by Advanced Micro Devices. To ensure ultimate overclocking settings along with stability, the latest graphics solution is armed with solid-built “Gold Power Kit” onboard, enabling stable power efficiency even at load.
The LCS R9 290X is packed with full cover water block design which cools the GPU, memory and other important components as water flows directly over these critical areas, delivering extraordinary thermal performance for optimum stability and a superb overclocking. The base of the waterblock is made of nickel plated copper, the LCS R9 290X enhances thermal dissipating and anti-oxidizing ability, allowing temperature under 60°C even under full load. PowerColor LCS R9 290X packages a high-flow 3/8" and 1/2" fittings (barbs) to maximize water flow with captured o-rings to prevent leakage. Gamers can customize their own liquid cooling system using these two fittings.
While the PowerColor LCS R9 290X is not compatible with mainstream PCs (since it requires custom liquid cooling system which is used by select overclockers), it is safe to say that to date this is the highest-performing Radeon R9 290X-based graphics card available.
Eventually graphics cards companies will introduce custom-designed Radeon R9 290- and R9 290X-based graphics adapters that will likely feature even higher clock-rates while using advanced cooling solutions.