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damn, so now I have to choose. Stick with the R9 290 for 610$ after tax, and buy a shim, or buy a watercooled VisionTek R9 290 for 600+tax+shipping....
will the EK full blocks fit the ASUS R9 290? Did ASUS make any other "improvements" to the reference design?

 

The reference ASUS GPU will use the reference block, otherwise the DC2 must use the EK DC2 block.  I know EK announced the DC2 full cover block all the way back in December, but they aren't out for sale yet.

 

Double check here for bock compatibility: http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/

 

Brian18741 contacted EK maybe a week or so ago and got some information on when they will be released; I don't remember exactly what he said but it is supposed to be soon.  The block will fit both the 290 and 290X DC2 cards.  Send him a PM and I'm sure he can give you more details.

 

Most importantly they upgraded power regulation on the card.  More phases, 6+2+2 on the DC2, compared to 5+2 on the reference cards; 6 phases for GPU and 2+2 for the RAM using their renowned DIGI+VRM and Super Alloy Power.  This doesn't guarantee better overclocking, but it sure makes it more likely.  The card will get cleaner power, be more efficient, reduce power consumption, operating temperatures and likely lengthen the life of the card.  Any of the professional reviews can give you more information on them.  Considering the price that they are normally offered at, not considering cryptocurrency markups, the upgrades that you get over reference design are solid.

 

EK is usually the only company who makes blocks for these cards, which is somewhat surprising IMO given their popularity and reputation.  I had a HD7870 DC2 I put under an EK-FC block and that card was a solid overclocker; Was ~1250/~1600. With the overclock is was outperforming my buddies MSI TF 670.


Edited by Roboyto - 3/5/14 at 3:17pm
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Still got same issue. mad.gif
Have you got this game?
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Still got same issue. mad.gif
Have you got this game?

I do, but honestly I just let it run on one gpu no issues. I was just suggesting that for a try as it usually helps in most games to force xfire. You do have the box checked in CCC under crossfire settings that says (use xfire for applications that don't support it or something like this). right?
    
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I do, but honestly I just let it run on one gpu no issues. I was just suggesting that for a try as it usually helps in most games to force xfire. You do have the box checked in CCC under crossfire settings that says (use xfire for applications that don't support it or something like this). right?

Yes I do, but Thief CFX profile is hard coded anyway.
What drivers are you on?
Can you enable cfx and pass me your log for comparison?
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I'm on 14.2.

Game runs really well (minus a couple random glitches) @ 1440p thumb.gif
    
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The reference ASUS GPU will use the reference block, otherwise the DC2 must use the EK DC2 block.  I know EK announced the DC2 full cover block all the way back in December, but they aren't out for sale yet.

Double check here for bock compatibility: http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/

Brian18741 contacted EK maybe a week or so ago and got some information on when they will be released; I don't remember exactly what he said but it is supposed to be soon.  The block will fit both the 290 and 290X DC2 cards.  Send him a PM and I'm sure he can give you more details.

Most importantly they upgraded power regulation on the card.  More phases, 6+2+2 on the DC2, compared to 5+2 on the reference cards; 6 phases for GPU and 2+2 for the RAM using their renowned DIGI+VRM and Super Alloy Power.  This doesn't guarantee better overclocking, but it sure makes it more likely.  The card will get cleaner power, be more efficient, reduce power consumption, operating temperatures and likely lengthen the life of the card.  Any of the professional reviews can give you more information on them.  Considering the price that they are normally offered at, not considering cryptocurrency markups, the upgrades that you get over reference design are solid.

The EK block was suppose to come out in February, so I'll wait before returning it. But until it comes out, I'm going to mine the crap out of the card hoping for it to fails within the first 30 days. No overclocks or cramped cases, but I won't be applying any shims yet.

Will adding a shim void my warranty?

P.S The heatpipes explain the core temp, but what about the vrm? Why are they so hot? (I'm looking at the pic posted a few pages behind)
Edited by Roy360 - 3/5/14 at 3:27pm
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Looks like I had a dud from HIS... Card shat out today. It would randomly not wake up when the monitor went to sleep even though I had all the power saving stuff turned off. It would require a hard reboot then today when we got home from getting our taxes done it had done the same thing. So my wife turns it off and when she hits the power button, nothing shows up on the screen. So I get in there and poke about a bit and I tried a different PCIE slot but the card was a no-go. I swapped in an old GTX 280 I had lying around and it started right up, no problem! Put the 290 back in and same issues, nothing showed up on the monitor. So now I have to RMA through HIS which uses a different company to handle their RMAs. Now I wish I had bought an Asus!

Oh well... Hopefully the RMA won't take too long. Even though the website says 2-4 weeks after they receive it!

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Looks like I had a dud from HIS... Card shat out today. It would randomly not wake up when the monitor went to sleep even though I had all the power saving stuff turned off. It would require a hard reboot then today when we got home from getting our taxes done it had done the same thing. So my wife turns it off and when she hits the power button, nothing shows up on the screen. So I get in there and poke about a bit and I tried a different PCIE slot but the card was a no-go. I swapped in an old GTX 280 I had lying around and it started right up, no problem! Put the 290 back in and same issues, nothing showed up on the monitor. So now I have to RMA through HIS which uses a different company to handle their RMAs. Now I wish I had bought an Asus!

Oh well... Hopefully the RMA won't take too long. Even though the website says 2-4 weeks after they receive it!

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At least you have a GTX 280 to keep you happy while you wait, I had to run integrated for over a week when I sold my 290.
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So my tri-x 290x fluctuates when i hit 1200 on core. Using trixx.50% power limit, 150+ VDDC, core hits 70c vrm 77-80c ingame.
What can i do to make it stable?
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