PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 Video Card Review
The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 combines two AMD Radeon R9 390 GPUs in CrossFire on a single video card. We'll take this beast of a video card and see how it games at 4K. If you want a simple all-in-one AMD CrossFire solution for 4K gaming you won't want to miss this.
PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 Pictures
There is a lot to go through in this massive Devil 13 box. PowerColor has packed in more than you would ever need with a video card. There is even a mouse included with customizable parts. It is wireless Razer Ouroboros mouse. This mouse retails for $121 to $140. Personally we would rather see the mouse dropped along with the card's MSRP.
Also inside are many booklets, driver CD, stickers, product info and 3 year warranty information, and a unique plastic mounting device. This mounting device is used to physically hold up the rear end of the video card in your case so it doesn't snap off your PCI-Express connector slot. This video card is very heavy, and if you move your case around a lot you will want to use this mounting device to help hold your card from over-stressing the PCIe slot.
This video card is so special it gets a signature from Roy Taylor Corporate Vice President, AMD. The exact board dimensions provided by PowerColor are: 304.8mmx136.2mmx59mm. That translates to 12 inches long, 5.3 inches in height and 2.3 inches in width. This video card is huge! It also takes up three slots. What also is not shown there is that the backplate on the video card sticks out from the PCB and adds a bit more depth to the video card.
There are three main fans on top that are double bladed. If you look you will see there are "mini" fan blades between each fan blade that supposedly adds more airflow (20%) with less noise. The heatsink fins are aluminum but the heatplates underneath in contact with the GPUs are copper. There are ten total copper heatpipes.
Oddly there is only one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and two DVI ports, despite having two GPUs thus double the RAMDACs. PowerColor could have expanded the display configuration, but instead kept it very simple on this video card.
Something you will want to watch out for when installing this video card is that the backplate sticks out a bit. On our motherboard it ended up sliding right against the audio connector module. Since it adds more depth to the back of the video card you will want to watch for anything between the PCIe slot upwards for room. If you perhaps have DIMM latches sticking out, there could be room issues. We also found that this video card rested right on our SATA ports which is not uncommon for long cards, but something else to watch out for.
Those power requirements are no joke. All your power connectors belong to it, for great justice, move Zig! Make sure you have enough 8-pin power connectors, try not to share the rails too much here, high amperage rating is a good thing for this video card and nothing less than a 1000W PSU. Given the power demand we saw, we'd recommend nothing below a 1200W PSU if you want to also overclock your CPU and have some headroom.
The Devil 13 logo lights up and pulsates. The BIOS switch also lights up when depressed. Thankfully it isn't sad most of the time. There are lights on the back that indicate the load of the power VRMS, when maxed out you know your card is working its hardest.