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I have a few questions before doing my first waterblock install ever on a 290x with an ek block. How much approximately should I tighten the screws? I'm afraid of crushing the die but wouldn't want to leave them too loose neither. I've heard that EK's stock thermal pads are pretty bad and limit the performane on VRM cooling. Would the Phobya Ultra thermal pads be better than the EK stock ones? Also if I use TIM on the thermal pads should I put it on both sides of it or only on the underside that touches the VRM? Thanks in advance.
There is one spot above GPU die where the tiny resistors near the screw holes. Be careful there. When you removing the stock cooler later, you'll know how easy to remove the screws. That is how you want to tighten them. Basically don't over tighten them.

The EK thermal pad is rated 3 - 5 W/mK & it's poorly perform. If you want to get Phobya thermal pad, make sure you get one that at least rated at 7 W/mK. Recommended thermal pad is Fujipoly 11 or 17 W/mK thermal pad but they cost more.

You only need to put very little TIM on the VRMs. No need to put on the water block side.
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I see. My ambient (indoor) is 10+ Celsius higher than yours.

This figure taken when playing BF4 at stock clock in 29C ambient. Valley & other benchmarks I have here doesn't push the GPU like BF4 does.
GPU core: 56C
VRM1: 58C
VRM2: 50C

Taking into account my ambient & yours overclock to 1100, mine is running a couple degrees higher than yours.

No card is the same, so a couple of degrees is well within the margin of error.

Mind you, it's winter now here in the Netherlands. On a hot, damp day in the summer, with the lingering afternoon heat in my apartment building, I'd expect my card to show numbers like yours, if not higher...
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I'm about to place an order for the Sapphire Tri-x 290 biggrin.gif £365.00

Plus a Silverstone Strider 750w Gold Evolution to give myself some more room for upgrades this year

And finally a Corsair H100i to stuff into the top of my TJ07 somehow tongue.gif
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Is there really any perf/oc hit with ek pads? Does it truly matter that much?
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I took off my stock cooler on my Sapphire 290X in preparation of the block I'm getting for it tomorrow. The pads over the memory was still gummy but the ones over the VRM's... they were flaky. Like dried out flaky. Is that typical? The VRM's temps were fine when I ran it last week.
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Not sure if thats typical, but the VRM pads on my Sapphire were gummy.
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FYI, reference 290/290x are now EOL in most parts on the world.
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FYI, reference 290/290x are now EOL in most parts on the world.

Nope
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Nope

^this. at least europe doesn't seem to run oos . . .

http://www.scan.co.uk/search.aspx?q=r9+290
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FYI, reference 290/290x are now EOL in most parts on the world.

What?
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