Although the AMD Radeon R9 290X is blisteringly fast, it has a problem with heat, as any graphics card with a TDP rating of 290 watts would. Heat issues generally cause noise problems and AMD's own reference cooler was woefully inadequate. Not only was it loud under load, but caused the 290X to run excessively hot which led to throttling issues. AMD's board partners solved this issue for the most part with massive heatsinks riddled with copper heatpipes cooled by a battery of fans. But what if you want a 290X that is even faster but at the same time much quieter? Seems like a dream, but HIS has been working hard to make it a reality with the HIS Radeon R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB. Designed to operate at 1100MHz out of the box while making less noise than any other 290X out there. As you might expect, for this HIS has turned to liquid-cooling, not unlike what AMD was forced to do with the 295X2. Read the complete review.