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Review: PowerColor Radeon R9 390X Devil

by Parm Mann on 13 August 2015, 16:01

Tags: PowerColor (6150.TWO), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Power, Temperature and Noise

We've hit a bit of a snag. Though PowerColor's factory overclock has little influence on in-game performance, it does take its toll on system-wide power consumption. We were surprised to see our test platform chewing through 382 watts - the same system outfitted with the Sapphire card consumed 15 per cent less energy when gaming.

That cooler, though. 62┬║C under full load is nothing short of impressive, and we doubt we'll see an R9 390X run any colder than this.

But hold on, those ultra-low temperatures come at a cost. PowerColor's two fans (one on the card itself, the other on the radiator) do a grand job of cooling, but they aren't by any means quiet. Our test platform becomes noticeably more vocal even when idle, and noise levels go up a further few notches when gaming. You can always hear it, and there's no need for the R9 390X Devil to be loud - we'd gladly trade slightly higher temps for lower noise.