Originally Posted by ArchieGriffs
I'm kind of wanting to take advantage of the 290 sale for the MSI gaming right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774&cm_re=r9_290-_-14-127-774-_-Product
Not sure how much of a pain it would be to crossfire it with my existing Tri-X though, obviously the same memory amount, and MSI still has hynix (right?). I'm getting conflicting reports about the MSI's board though, some are saying it's not the reference PCB, others are just saying custom components (obviously), so if I were to put both under water, more specifically the HG10 bracket, I still shouldn't have any issues right?
I have a feeling we're not going to be getting much as far as black Friday sales go as AMD said something about them expecting a lower sales despite the upcoming holiday season, so I'm not sure it's going to get much better than this.
Has anyone who has RMA'ed a MSI gaming and has taken off the stickers gotten it back with no problems? From what I heard over on the MSI forums you can take them off to watercool/change thermal past etc. and it's only there to tell them whether or not to inspect for user damage and doesn't effect the RMA outcome assuming it isn't damaged.
Back when I used to stalk R9 290 reviews for different manufacturers MSI was definitely the #2 choice (before the PCS+ Vapor X came out), and most if not all the advantages the Tri-X has over the MSI looks like they'll disappear when I watercool, and do a bios flash, has anyone had experience xfiring them together to confirm?
Last time I checked, the HG10 is for referenced design card only. It also seems to use the stock fan for VRM1 cooling.
There are two version of MSI Gaming. The first version using larger caps which only compatible with EK rev 2.0 (& Alphacool NexXxos M02) waterblock. The second version, come with gold chokes is not
compatible with any waterblocks as far as I know. Check out @Red1776
Originally Posted by Bertovzki Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Re - Tri X ,do you have that under water yet ? I have never seen this card under water period !
I have had debates with several PC companies and my initial letter to Sapphire was also replied with NO ! it's not reference !
to which I replied it has to be,as EK have passed it as reference and I sent Sapphire pic's with identical PCB ,and they then replied yes it is indeed reference design.
I have got the Aquacool Hawaii water block for an R9 , but have no GPU yet.
I have always intended to get a Tri - X and I know most of the advantage of one is the heat sink which will be binned but the R9 290X Tri-X OC does have more processor streams and probably better 4K performance, even though it looses it's main advantage.
Please correct me anyone that thinks I'm wasting money on a Tri-x if above is not true as it will be under water anyway, though over clocking I'm really not interested in, on either my R9 or i74790K ,but want to have the ability if I wish or need to latter.
Re - R9 sale ,Id say they will only get cheaper and cheaper for ever, from this point on,other cards are always coming out and the R9 has dropped consistently $200 - $250 in my country in just last 2 weeks ,if anything the reality is the retailers and AMD will be very keen indeed to get rid of them while they still have the chance !! at a good price ,before they just cant sell them and have to sell at there own original purchase price or less to get rid of stock, I'd be more focused on watching stock levels as they may disappear ,if you want one.
I have no idea what AMD have lined up after R9 ,iv not bothered to look, but Id say they have something on the way and the retailers know this too.
Aquacool Hawaii? Is this Alphacool or Aquacomputer waterblock?
The referenced 290X have 2816 Stream Processors & the TRI-X 290X OC also have 2816 Stream Processors. How TRI-X 2816 Stream Processors is more than referenced 2816 Stream Processors?
BTW, if I'm not mistaken, there are two version at least for TRI-X 290X. The first version is referenced design card & any waterblock should fit. I don't know about the second version of TRI-X. You might want to check this out before buying the card.