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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X reviewed

by on21 August 2014


Since PowerColor opted for an air cooler, it had to use a big one. This is a 500W card and the cooler is a massive triple-slot affair. The Devil 13 is an all-custom design. The dimensions are (L) 304.8mm x (H) 136.2mm x (W) 59mm. It goes without saying that the card will have to be secured well, which is why the company bundles the PowerJack.



The top of the card is quite attractive thanks to the differently shaped shroud in red and black and of course there is the Devil 13 backlighting which glows in red color and slowly pulsates. The shroud is open on all sides and the openings serve as exhaust vents.


The Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X needs four 8-pin power connectors, which, coupled with PCI-Express power, provides up to 675W of power.


The Devil's 'D' button is actually the BIOS switch connector. The old Devil 13 HD 7990 had a “turbo switch button” which would overclock the GPU by 8 percent. However, the GPU clock on the Devil 13 is set at 1000MHz and it does not change when the ‘D’ button is engaged. The button now acts as a fan booster. Users can manually override the fan control and increase the RPM by 20% with a simple push of the button. This will generate a bit of noise, but at the same time it will allow the card to maintain the maximum 1000MHz clock.


A Crossfire bridge is no longer needed, because the data will be moved over the PCIE.

We already had a chance to try out the old Devil 13 Dual GPU HD 7990 and we were taken aback by its weight. The new Devil 13 card is even heavier, as it weighs 2.34kg compared to the HD 7990’s 1.77kg. The card has a bigger dissipation surface, more copper and two metal frames to keep it all together.


The backplate looks very good indeed. It is a nice change compared with traditional flat backplates. The backplate features a few openings around the GPUs and other components that generate a lot of heat. This means hot air will not be trapped behind the backplate.


The main function of the backplate is of course to secure the card and make it stable, while looking good in the process. We liked the engraved Devil 13 logo, but we have no clue why Roy Taylor’s autograph is there.


On the back of the card are 5 LEDs per GPU power circuit that display the power status.


Last modified on 21 August 2014
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