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ill have to get caught up in a min ! wanted to share with everyone.
since i cant locate my megaman mouse pad megaman himself + rush + met will have to do !
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for open box, it looks unopened to me ...






i have to admit the ek without the crop circles they acctually look good !


sad i cant add it to my loop till i get back from my trip mad.gif

 

Sweet figurines :thumbsups I loved Mega Man growing up...Now when I try to relive those joyous childhood memories I just :devil: and wonder how I had the patience to play any of the NES renditions :lachen:

 

I just bought a PowerColor 270X Devil Edition off of NewEgg and it was "Open Box".  They put a new circular seal on one side of the box because everything else was unscathed inside, bonus round!  20% off and free shipping for a brand new item. 

 

I'm extremely pleased with every aspect of the 270X BTW, PowerColor will be a strong contender for my next GPU purchase.

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For the purpose of watercooling, is it better to get a reference card or one of the aftermarket versions? I'm asking in terms of the quality of the card, not waterblock availability which generally benefits reference more. Typically there see to be "uber" cards released like MSI lightnings that supposedly will clock better, or are just better made, but is it worth it to pay more for one of these or just get a reference card + wb? I'm mainly thinking of ASUS DCII version vs reference, but if there are some better non-reference designs of similar price then I might watch for those.

I saw a few different manufacturers are even selling card with waterblocks attached, but I'm not sure if they are reference designed cards or custom pcb + water blocks.
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not the best place to ask, but what kinds of cases are you g
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For the purpose of watercooling, is it better to get a reference card or one of the aftermarket versions? I'm asking in terms of the quality of the card, not waterblock availability which generally benefits reference more. Typically there see to be "uber" cards released like MSI lightnings that supposedly will clock better, or are just better made, but is it worth it to pay more for one of these or just get a reference card + wb? I'm mainly thinking of ASUS DCII version vs reference, but if there are some better non-reference designs of similar price then I might watch for those.

I saw a few different manufacturers are even selling card with waterblocks attached, but I'm not sure if they are reference designed cards or custom pcb + water blocks.

Here's what I"m doing:



The ASUS is an improvement over the reference in every are, besides the Elpida memory anyways.
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For the purpose of watercooling, is it better to get a reference card or one of the aftermarket versions? I'm asking in terms of the quality of the card, not waterblock availability which generally benefits reference more. Typically there see to be "uber" cards released like MSI lightnings that supposedly will clock better, or are just better made, but is it worth it to pay more for one of these or just get a reference card + wb? I'm mainly thinking of ASUS DCII version vs reference, but if there are some better non-reference designs of similar price then I might watch for those.

I saw a few different manufacturers are even selling card with waterblocks attached, but I'm not sure if they are reference designed cards or custom pcb + water blocks.

 

Fairly certain the VisionTek CryoVenom and PowerColor LCS are reference boards with EK waterblocks already attached; I believe custom backplates in both instances?

 

The non-reference boards usually upgrade several aspects and probably most importantly power delivery, increasing your chances for better performance.  Lightning/Matrix are typically known for using higher binned chips to give you better odds of a good performer; amongst their vast list of other enhancements.

 

RAM clocks aren't the most important thing with the 290(X) but you should be aware of DC2/Matrix likely having Elpida RAM; see my post a few spots up with spreadsheet image.  Elpida can perform well, but are usually less likely to overclock as well as Hynix.  Friend of mine just picked up a VisionTek 280X with Elpida 6Gbps RAM, and it clocks up to 7.1, on air, without any memory voltage adjustments.

 

EK has waterblocks out, or on the way for ASUS DC2, ASUS Matrix, MSI Gaming OC, and MSI Lightning.  So your choices are fairly vast for watercooling.

 

Lastly, can't forget the good old silicon lottery...some chips are excellent performers, even on a reference board, like my XFX 290 BE :)

 

If you go with an EK block, I would highly suggest using Fujipoly Ultra Extreme thermal pads to cool the VRMs.  The included pads are underwhelming, especially when pushing voltage/clocks to the brink.  I saw over 20% temperature drop with my XSPC Razor, and several people with EK blocks have reported similar results.

 

http://www.overclock.net/t/1468593/r9-290-x-thermal-pad-upgrade-vrm-temperatures#post_21821258


Edited by Roboyto - 4/14/14 at 5:17pm
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Hi, OCN back to my question about core clock drops without vsync and vrm temperature. I really need your help. I'm about to start RMA process, which cmay take at least two or three month if i get lucky (since ibought my card overseeas). Wich means i would not be able to use my PC until replacement arrives.
Is it typical for all R9 290/290X or not?
could anyone run metro 2033 , Heaven and Valley benchmarks and take an msi ab screens showing core clock and gpu load
thanks
Edited by Frontside - 4/14/14 at 5:51pm
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ill have to get caught up in a min ! wanted to share with everyone.
since i cant locate my megaman mouse pad megaman himself + rush + met will have to do !
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
for open box, it looks unopened to me ...






i have to admit the ek without the crop circles they acctually look good !


sad i cant add it to my loop till i get back from my trip mad.gif

cheater, getting a pre-blocked card mad.gif

( joking tongue.gif )
   
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Hi, OCN back to my question about core clock drops without vsync and vrm temperature. I really need your help. I'm about to start RMA process, which cmay take at least two or three month if i get lucky (since ibought my card overseeas). Wich means i would not be able to use my PC until replacement arrives.
Is it typical for all R9 290/290X or not?
could anyone run metro 2033 , Heaven and Valley benchmarks and take an msi ab screens showing core clock and gpu load
thanks

 

From MSI website regarding warranty:

 

  • The MSI product MUST be free of any physical damage due to improper installation or modification of ANY kind (this includes installing aftermarket parts) or the warranty WILL be VOID.
  • The product MUST be returned to MSI in the original factory configuration and condition. All aftermarket modifications must be reversed prior to sending in the product for repair or replacement.

 

If you are missing thermal pads, then I was just put some thermal pads on there yourself.  You will NOT void your warranty as long as you don't damage the card.  I wouldn't wait 3 months for an RMA.

 

Your core clock is likely reducing to cool off the VRMs because they're WAY, WAY TOO HOT :devil: 

 

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17504/thr-185/Fujipoly_Ultra_Extreme_System_Builder_Thermal_Pad_-_Mosfet_Block_-_100_x_15_x_10_-_Thermal_Conductivity_170_WmK.html

 

Buy some of those and you're good to go!


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So after discovering my loop had some algae buildup or something, I disassembled the entire loop. Took some pictures of my Koolance block in case anyone wants to see.

Before cleaning:


After cleaning:

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So after discovering my loop had some algae buildup or something, I disassembled the entire loop. Took some pictures of my Koolance block in case anyone wants to see.

Before cleaning: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



After cleaning:

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Been down a similar road before, mine was caused due to cheap barbs that flaked and contaminated the water.

 

 

 

Get a biocide of some sort and possibly a silver kill-coil to prevent it from happening again

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Maybe it's just the picture,but the unclened block looks terrible. Is it really algae?wht did u use to clean the block?
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