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XSPC Razor R9 290/290X

Posted January 20, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Cooling







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Release Date: Q4 '13
Price at time of Review: $134 USD


Appearance, Cooling Potential, Solid copper base, clear acetal cover for LED lighting,


Easy to cross thread fittings
Great appearance, full cover block, 100% copper base, outstanding cooling, ease of installations and competitive pricing makes the XSPC Razor R9- 290/290x and good choice for the water cooling enthusiast.
by Sandy Bruce
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If you have ever purchased or witnessed any XSPC products before, then you will know that XSPC does not waste time or cost on flashy packaging. Historically your purchase will come in a block box with minimal information on what is inside. We were not surprised when the Razor 290/290x arrived in a block box with nothing more than XSPC logo and a sticker. I personally like this approach of not wasting money on the outside of the box. It keeps cost down for XSPC and those savings are passed on to the end user.


Once the cellophane is removed, the top section of the box can be lifted up. The printed installation instructions are sitting right on top of the foam protecting the Razor.


Colored step by step instructions will help you get your Razor installed quickly.

Under the foam packing you will see the Razor in a bubble wrap bag for additional protection. The installation hardware sits on top of the Razor.

The installation hardware consist of 5x G1/4 plugs, 8x 1mm thermal pads, 1x thermal paste, 13x m3x6mm screw, 13x red washers and 1x twin 3mm blue LED.

XSPC added one more layer of protection to the surface layers by inserting the Razor into a vacuum sealed cellophane bag.
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    Yes getting these cards cooler is a good idea and it will be interesting to see how they perform when Mantle comes out but what I want to see is with water cooling how many more frames per second you could get in games with the R9 290 cards because it has been said there really isn’t much room for improvement with these when you oc. So basically you are watercooling it just to keep the card from having an early death in your system and keeping other components in the system from being killed. If that is the case the investment in the card in the first place and then water cooling components for it might not be the best idea.

      Sandy Bruce

      Not sure where you heard that from but basically everything is incorrect. Water cooling allows you to overclock even further then if it was air cooled. Since you can push the GPU and Memory harder you will gain in FPS and be able to crank up the level of detail while staying under the GPU TDP. The heat issue is a problem with single fan reference solutions. Many of the 3rd party cooling solutions like Vapor-X or Matrix ect have been able to knock off a good amount of the heat generated. Water cooling just takes it a leap further. Many of the cards with 3rd party coolers have been able to overclock them at the factory and make good gains vs the Reference models in FPS.


    Fan Speed and which fan model were used in the review ?

      Sandy Bruce

      Actually those were the fans that come with the Cooler Master Glacer 240l. Swiftech 240 Rad. Fans are PMW, controlled by the boards default settings. Based on sound I would guess they were spinning close to 1300rpms or so. Never got loud or spun up really fast. The bottom fan is a CM Jetflo 120mm.


    Will this work on the XFX Double Dissipation R9-290A-EDFD?

      Sandy Bruce

      I can not tell you that for sure. You will have to look at the compatibility listings CLICK HERE If your card is not shown submit a inquiry to XSPC. They will be more then happy to assist you.

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