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A HIS-branded AMD reference design Radeon R9 290X graphics card was taken apart by Expreview, revealing its cooling solution, the PCB, the VRM, and the star attraction, the company's new 28 nm "Hawaii" silicon.

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nice find alatar

reppin my fac amd company HIS biggrin.gif

cant wait to take that 290x cooler off for good.
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no copper pipes? The PCB looks so high class except for the y

hynix memory..

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is it just me or is there unsoldered points where the crossfire bridge should go?
 
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post #5 of 163
That Hynix memory is one of the fastest VRAM solutions avaliable afaik..

It's the same VRAM as there is on the stock HD7970 and GTX680.

They are capable of 1700Mhz+ at 1.600v and 1800Mhz-2000Mhz+ at 1.700v..
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http://videocardz.com/46741/radeon-r9-290x-pictured-close

Looks like the cooler is just the normal AMD thing. Anyone happen to have a pic of the 7970 fan?
 
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Originally Posted by kot0005 View Post

no copper pipes? The PCB looks so high class except for the y
hynix memory..

i wouldnt expect much from a reference cooler like that lol, titan doesnt have heatpipes on its reference cooler either, though the vapor chamber does help.

pcb looks like the same layout as the 7970, whats wrong with hynix? ive never had trouble with them on my 7970s.
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I guess there's good news and not so good news.

I take those memory chips as good news. Memory OC won't be limited by the chips, at least.

That cooler, though... I don't know. It just looks more of the same as before, and that doesn't spell too good for AMD. I hope I'm wrong.
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Nothing wrong with hynix, would have been nice if they used samsung.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by barkinos98 View Post

is it just me or is there unsoldered points where the crossfire bridge should go?

You're right...
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