Originally Posted by Devotii
Do you think the R9 290 Vapor-X runs cooler and quieter than the other aftermarket coolers for R9 290?
Here is a review by kit guru.
Based on the review and design of the card, being that it has a custom pcb, more phases, better chokes, and better cooler then it would essentially run cooler and oc higher. If the fans are exactly the same as the Tri-X then they would be on par in terms of acoustics are concerned but since in the benches it shows about roughly 5C~ better it probably wont rev up as high, plus there is the hybrid switch, which makes the card run on 1 fan until it hits 60C or something. Judging from my perspective from the Tri-X (not vapor) I feel the cooler is low noise during idle, stays at about 20% till higher temps and keeps temps lower than reference. At load it feels like an average cooler because the R9 290(X) series definitely run on the hot side. In my opinion msi gaming and asus dc2 run more quieter but those are the coolers designed for the 700 series. Now I don't know if they revised it with the 200 series but I heard they used the same design and thus not cooling as effectively and it doesnt cool everything but in my opinion I think the msi gaming is super quiet, 2 bigger fans vs 3 smaller fans.
So if I were to rank based on sound I would say msi gaming > dc2 > tri-x, and dont get me wrong as for average users this is silent. I'm just anal with sound and I consider anything above my noctuas to be loud
but I've heard the 780dc2 and the 770gaming as well as 780acx/classy and the 290 tri-x and out of all of them I feel the gaming to be the most quietest, but again if they didnt tweak up the cooler then it would be kinda useless.
Cooling performance I would lean toward the vapor-x as the custom design helps a lot. If you're in the market I would check out the vapor-x. I personally made the mistake of jumping too early and getting the tri-x but I don't really regret it, though I do prefer it to be quieter.