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Visiontek rep on Linustechtips said their online store will be getting a huge stock of reference 290 and 290x cards this week and they sell at MSRP so check it out if anyone wants a card. It may also mean other US vendors will be getting in more stock since the overseas shipments usually come in bulk together.
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Originally Posted by Csokis View Post

MSI R9 290 Gaming Edition Mini review








VRM temps!


Which software u used to see memory info?

And what mobo u using? My asrock z87 extreme 4 cant see vrm temps. Or any software can see vrm temps?

Hynix memory
Edited by ds84 - 1/14/14 at 5:56pm
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Originally Posted by Sazz View Post

That thing doesn't have enough for the VRM.

True, but it opens up the card so you can put some sinks and get some cooler air directly on them (hack the stock cooler). The air to my VRMs have to go thru the heatsink of the Gelid tongue.gif gpu is 55C but VRM1 is 85C.

Just cant pull the trigger yet for going underwater.
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I want the Tri-X 290x....I have a 780Ti and happy with it...just one of those things where you have money and you want to buy something, even though you don't need it... Just to get the itch off I guess...
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Oh yeah, they look amazing, really great feel to them as well, surprisingly light but also no need for a backplate, next to no sag at all, was very impressed build quality wise.


EDIT: Instead of triple posting i'm just going to edit this one smile.gif

Both cards do not unlock and they both have Elphida ram so thats confirmed, the top card is on average 10c hotter than the bottom one and thats with 30c ambients......

That's expected with a CF setup, as one card is credit the other preheated air. You have 30 degree ambients? Are you sure, that's very very hi
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I want the Tri-X 290x....I have a 780Ti and happy with it...just one of those things where you have money and you want to buy something, even though you don't need it... Just to get the itch off I guess...
gh 8-12 degrees higher than most peoples'. What are the cards idling at? Do you have a side fan feeding these cards cool air?
Hah. Well if you have the money, go for it. The ti is plain better than the 290x. Personally I think the 290 is far superior to the 290x - it's only 3/4% slower clock or clock and get it's a lot cheaper. Much better value IMO.

If I were in the market for a 290x, I'd probably just grab a 780 Lightning or a ti.

Then again, if you have the money and simply want to spend it, go for it smile.gif.

Forgive the formatting, am on phone frown.gif

*StarYoshi Edit: I cleaned it up for ya tongue.gif*
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Just got my new RMA'd card back and it works like a charm! No more black screens, everything is gravy!

Now I'm contemplating buying a Accelero Xtreme III so I can get some better cooling on it, the sound really doesn't bother me much. But this thing freaks me out! I have never opened up a gpu and voiding the warranty just seems crazy to me.

But I still want to do it! So I've been reading up guides about the installation and such but I still feel worried. The guide on Toms hardware says that it does not come with enough heatsinks for all the memory chips. Where do I buy correct spare parts for this thing? What are they called? Their website has no spare heatsinks for sale from what I can see.

Also the guides say you should stick some tape on certain parts of the GPU but is not so clear about where or what they are?

There is also the small memory chip near the bottom of the card that is smaller then the others, most people put what seems to be a tiny heatsink on it with some thermal tape covering the other half of it? Does that heatsink come included with the Accelero Xtreme III?

As I write this I'm realising this might not be the place to post this. If not I am sorry and please move my post to the correct area of the forums or delete it. I'm new here so I'm still kind of lost.

Any info/advice on getting this thing installed would be greatly appreciated. Ive searched youtube for some videos but no one seems to have made any installation videos for a 290 with this custom cooler.

Thanks guys.
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I did some extensive testing with higher memory clocks on my tri-x 290x.

Aux voltage does in fact affect memory overclocking. I used afterburner to only increase aux since trixx has higher core voltage control.

I've ran over 15+ valley runs, at a mere aux +50mv (1.047 actual increase) I went from a max of 1500 to 1690mhz. It also seems that this almost directly affects the vrm2 temps. Only 2c increase with the 190mhz memory increase.

My maximum core clock is 1202mhz @ 125 offset with vrm1 reaching 90c in valley benchmark.

Anyone else with tri-x get any higher on core or memory? Would like to know other tri-x vrm temps

Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk
post #14208 of 43923
Hey.

Anybody having any problems with video playback with these cards?

Playing MPEG video in Windows Media Player or Youtube/Flash in Firefox causes my entire system to hard lock, requiring a reboot.

We found out that using VLC Media Player on the same files lets them play fine. Using Chrome for Youtube also works fine.

It seems to be a driver or codec issue. I tried Catalyst 13.12, 13.11 beta 9.5 drivers. I installed them with all options initially but the problem persisted, so I tried installing 13.12 without the "AMD Media", "AMD Accelerated Video Transcoding" and other video related suboptions. This didn't make a difference. So it leads me to believe there is likely a codec issue.

Does anyone have a fix for this? Should I RMA my card?

I have a Sapphire 290 Tri-X.

After dropping $600 on this thing and seeing impressive performance in games, it baffles me that it cannot play simple MPEG videos without hard locking the system.
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Memory past 1500 MHz or so provides nearly no extra performance gains in real results... Maybe a couple hundred GPU points 3dmark11, which equates to like not even 1 additional fps for most games... Imo you're better off sticking to 1500 MHz and running default aux voltage.
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Originally Posted by ds84 View Post

Which software u used to see memory info?

And what mobo u using? My asrock z87 extreme 4 cant see vrm temps. Or any software can see vrm temps?

Hynix memory

OP has a link to ' Memory Info Test ' - after you install it just make sure you have GPU-Z open when you test it for result.
     
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