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Originally Posted by LTC View Post


How is that done? The slider is greyed out in AB, even with unofficial OC enabled...

Have you tried GPU Tweak?  I thought you needed to use that software with the Asus cards, I could be wrong though, somebody please correct me if that is the case.

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^ If the unlock voltage control and enable voltage monitoring is checked in AB pretty much every 290 card should be able to take in higher voltages with the offset slider. Same thing with Trixx (my preferred OC utility for these cards)
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How is that done? The slider is greyed out in AB, even with unofficial OC enabled...

ASUS locks the controller to be used only with GPUTweak, likely specific versions of said software too.
   
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How is that done? The slider is greyed out in AB, even with unofficial OC enabled...

Go to settings / general and check boxes for Unlock Voltage Control and Unlock Voltage Monitoring. Restart.

You don't want Unofficial Overclock, set it to disabled.
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Originally Posted by Paul17041993 View Post

ASUS locks the controller to be used only with GPUTweak, likely specific versions of said software too.

Seriously?? I had Asus 280x dcu ii, I could tweak volts with afterburner. So this is new with asus 290s? What a horrible thing to do. It's not like they even put any effort into gpu tweak.
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Wow guys, I JUST got my card working how it should and now I'm FLYING around BF4 with NO HITCHES...
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And I'm getting stunning results with my old quad-core i7 950 proc.. un-REAL.. lol biggrin.gif



Also, I have a 700mw offset on my CPU PLL Voltage, LLC enabled and only a slight O.C. to the CPU...
Now I have to make it a personal mission to get my new chipset back up and running again, even though I don't feel that I need to at all.
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Upgraded thermal pads on XSPC Razor Block Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Alright so I have installed the Fujipoly Ultra Extreme 17.0 W/mk pads on both VRM1 and VRM2. I have also installed the Fujipoly Extreme 11.0 W/mk on the RAM chips.

I did not use any TIM to assist in thermal conductivity on the pads. Chiknnwatrmln also did not use any TIM with his EK block. With the Ultra Extreme he is seeing roughly 20C lower temps on VRM1. So I am doing this write up to see what kind of a difference there is going from stock XSPC pads to FUE, and to see which block does a better job cooling VRM1.

Here's what it looked like with stock pads.



I ordered the FUE in 15x100 for the VRMs and FE in the 150x100 for the RAM chips.

The 150x100 is enough to probably do 3 whole cards with a little extra left over. If you wanted to get better than stock results and not spend $60 for both types you could easily get away with one of these.


The 15x100 FUE is more than enough to do the VRMs on these cards. If you cut them thin enough you might have enough to do 3 cards.

I examined the stock pad contact and found some spots that weren't being 100% covered.



I took the XSPC stock pads off and laid them on the Fujipoly to use them as a template and enlarged as needed.







My awesome Husky 'titanium' coated scissors worked marvelously to cut both versions of the pads.




Minimal trimming was needed to make all pieces fit on RAM really nice.





At this point I thought it would nice for everyone else to have a template of their own, so I put the pads on my scanner biggrin.gif
R9290XThermalPadTemplate.jpg 1077k .jpg file
R9290XThermalPadTemplate.pdf 1055k .pdf file
Either should print on a whole sheet of 8.5x11 paper so they are the correct size. I would imagine these would work on other blocks aside from XSPC, but that will be up to others to explore.

Time to clean the VRMs and RAM chips

I chose to use Arcticlean TIM remover/purifier as I figured it could easily remove the residue from the other pads. Chiknnwatrmln suggested Isopropyl Alcohol or a Pencil Eraser.


Time to lay the pads onto the card.

One more cut was required when I got to this point. I did not want to pick up the Fujipoly Extreme after it was on the card as it felt somewhat fragile. I ended up taking a precision flat head screwdriver to cut the pad where I needed. It required very little force to cut through the FE.



Tada!


A few miscellaneous pointers before I end this rant...

Wash your hands before handling these. The less oil from your skin the better; you could even wear gloves I suppose.

The Fujipoly Ultra Extreme has thinner more pliable plastic on both sides, it is easy to remove from both sides.

The Fujipoly Extreme is like all other thermal pads I have used in the past. One side is thin, pliable, has a checkered pattern, and is easy to remove. The other side has a thicker, harder, clear plastic and is more difficult to remove. Take the hard plastic off first so you don't struggle removing it and touch the pads more than necessary.



Temperature results coming shortly biggrin.gif

Hmm, I also have Fujipoly Extreme pads on my XSPC blocked R9 290s. The only difference is that I applied MX-4 on either side of the pad, would be curious to see how your temps compare to mine:






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How is that done? The slider is greyed out in AB, even with unofficial OC enabled...

Make sure you are using AB Beta 18, earlier versions don't work.
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ASUS locks the controller to be used only with GPUTweak, likely specific versions of said software too.

AB worked just fine when I had my card flashed with the Asus BIOS, unless that's a DCII limitation.
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Voltage control seems to work now, so how much is safe? 0-100 doesn't really give me any sense of how much it is overvolting? is it 0-100mV?
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@Slomo4shO I made the same potential mistake first time around. MX4 has a worse conductivity than those pads and makes reusing them much harder. I didn't do it on my current cards.

I also replaced MX4 with PK3 and got a further temp drop on the CPU and GPU cores.
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100mV should definitely be OK for 24/7 use providing that temperatures are kept in check, any more than that and things start to get flaky.
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