Today marks the official launch of AMD's Radeon R9 290 graphics card, a high-performing part that rivals Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 for $100 less. We put a stock clocked R9 290 card through its paces and came away mighty impressed with its performance (see for yourself). However, the real fun begins when AMD's hardware partners come out with their own custom versions, and one of the first out of the gate is Powercolor.
Announced today is the Powercolor R9 290 OC. Powercolor didn't go crazy here with a funky cooling solution or other pieces of flair -- the R9 290 OC is essentially an overclocked version of AMD's reference design. It boasts a base frequency of 975MHz, up a bit from 947MHz, and 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1250MHz (5000MHz effective) on a 512-bit memory bus.
Outside of the clockspeed bump, the Powercolor R9 290 OC delivers the same features as a reference card, including DirectX 11.2 support, 4K video support, and a bunch of connectivity options (two dual-link DVI-D; HDMI; DisplayPort).