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New to the forums. Just wanted to validate my R9-290X. Here's a screenshot of CPU-z with my name. I look forward to the great info from this thread.


Edited by Zell84 - 2/22/14 at 12:03pm
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As an owner of an R9 290X I still dont understand why they would provide a switch on the card to transition between two different bios modes, for someone like me who goes for performance its obvious that I would want my gpu to utilize its whole capacity, why would I need a mode for less fan speed and lower clockrate? Next time just provide a lower working temperature and less noisy fans so that users wont have to decide.
Plus a user can be misinformed and so its gpu would perform slightly worse in games meaning lower fps ranging from 1 to 8.
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For me this is truly stupid. Everyone who want to buy 290(x) won't use it for movies, net and so on... So this silent mode is completely unusable... I've already flash another bios over it.
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As an owner of an R9 290X I still dont understand why they would provide a switch on the card to transition between two different bios modes, for someone like me who goes for performance its obvious that I would want my gpu to utilize its whole capacity, why would I need a mode for less fan speed and lower clockrate? Next time just provide a lower working temperature and less noisy fans so that users wont have to decide.
Plus a user can be misinformed and so its gpu would perform slightly worse in games meaning lower fps ranging from 1 to 8.

the dual-BIOS is an AMD feature for their top-end cards, intended to allow flashing without the risk of loosing the card to a bad BIOS, found it very useful on my 7970.

due to the character of the 290X AMD also decided to fit them with different fan profiles by default, so people are not entirely forced to use CCC to switch between silence or performance, though mine only has 40% fan on both BIOSs for whatever reason...
   
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Hi Arizonian my R9 290x is on water not windforce, can you change me please?

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New to the forums. Just wanted to validate my R9-290X. Here's a screenshot of CPU-z with my name. I look forward to the great info from this thread. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

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So swapped out the TIM on my R9 290 DCU II's today. Using MX-4 TIM. So far results leave a lot to be desired. After an hour and a bit of gaming

The core on the top cards peaked at 87°C but hovered around 83°C for the most part which is still 2°C higher than yesterday which seems pretty typical across the board, I'm seeing an increase of about 2 - 3°C everywhere.

Surprising results indeed especially considering the Arctic Accelero Extreme III comes with MX-4 pre-applied; we know the AC Extreme III works well on these cards.

Hopefully the Gelid will give better results. If it doesn't then we'll really know how inadequate the DC2 cooler is on the 290.
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I forgot to install the extra 120mm fan bought so popped it in there a while ago and we're down another bit, the core is the same but the VRMs are down 2°C on top and 3 and 5°C lower on the bottom.

Probably, there was a sticker over one of the screws that I had to break. But I'll be putting them under water eventually so it was going to go either way!

Glad to see the bottom fan made noticeable improvements.

I would check with ASUS regarding their warranty policy. I recently RMAd my HD7870 DC2 that was under water previously. I Just put the stock cooler back on and there were no issues with the RMA whatsoever. Calling in an RMA also makes things move much quicker than an online submission.
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I have ordered an active backplate and waiting for it.After the reading I think is should help.On Idle the temp is 39 and the CPU is 37. Maybe adding another rad will also help.

Have some pics of your rig? Maybe changing orientation of fans could help lower temperatures for you.

How much rad space you working with; What does your loop consist of?
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What do you mean? To turn them blow in? I am not sure this will be right - after all the hot air goes up. The gpu is overclocable. I cam make 1150/1500 easily with + 100mV with temps around 82 for the core and 85-88 for Vrm1.



Do you have a fan on your side panel, or exhaust fans up top?

Can you change the orientation of your CPU cooler to exhaust upwards?

You would likely benefit from a fan on the bottom of the case to increase airflow.

A bigger improvement would be to get some more airflow coming from the front of the case above the first fan to get a breeze coming across the front of the card for the VRM1, and across the backside of the card. It doesn't look like you have a mount for one, but rigging something up temporarily could be worth seeing what kind of results are possible and if it's worth it to make a modification to accommodate another fan there permanently.
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Well, after owning both a reference 290 and now a reference 780, I must say that they are much closer than people think, but the 290 is still the faster card. 290 --> 780 is like going from 290 to 290X. Mainly switched because of noise (family was complaining) and it'd be cheaper than watercooling my 290, plus I wanted to have something new to play with. Ideally, I would have preferred an aftermarket 290, but I wasn't about to use integrated for 2-3 weeks because they're backordered, OOS, or overpriced.
Edited by Jack Mac - 2/22/14 at 2:26pm
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