Originally Posted by Paul17041993
original 79x0 DCII(T) and Matrix(P) cards are notoriously horrible in many ways, only a few people have been happy with theirs (though they haven't OC'ed far at all), TBH only really good in pre-assembled/OEM rigs, if they were reliable...
the newer 280X version (the two slot, not the "V2" rebadge) seemed like an improvement, but Ive never seen one on these forums let alone overclocked, does the 290X one really have a cooling issue? I'm half wondering if ASUS pulled another QC fail at not tightening the screws correctly... (the 7970DCII on release had most cards RMA'ed due to the coolers not being attached to the core)
could also mention the orig DCIIT like I had didn't cover all the memory ICs correctly, but really that shouldn't be an issue on the 290(X) as the ICs don't need much cooling at all...
I probably should not have given the impression that it is terrible.
I did do multiple testing, benches, games, and mining.
This card did hold up pretty good in BF4, I think it topped 70-72C with 70% fan( max is 80% at 3000rpm)
What I did not like is the VRMs being 10-15C higher.
I had a reference sapphire 290x, sure the blower is loud, but it really does cool the card to an extreme in any situation.
The DCII is going to be great for a casual gamer or inside a nice computer, it will cool the card in most all situations with good temps. Since I tested it to an extreme I just personally was not satisfied, this card and cooling unit is targeted for everything but the extreme potential of the card. They might as well have made it a tri-slot card, gave it some bigger heatsinks or fans and allowed it further cooling potential. (I don't even want to run OCCT for 30minutes because I'm scared to see if the cards cooling unit can actually cool it once it reaches max fan )
In all honesty, I am considering putting my own heatsinks on top of that backplate because it gets pretty hot....
On a side note, how about that GV 290 OC
Any of you own it / have the facts on voltage?