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Acquired a used single fan Diamond R9 290X 4GB from a friend who recently upgraded to dual 980 TI's, The Diamond version appears to be a rare and probably undesirable card (reference cooling) but It was free so I couldn't turn it down lol.

I've had it installed a few days now and so far no problems and great performance, my previous card was a Nvidia GTX 670 FTW model (EVGA).

My only gripe with this 290X is the heat output under load, With the stock Auto fan it would hit 94C very quickly during gaming, I installed MSI Afterburner and enabled user fan control, With MSI's default fan curve it rarely sees over 81C, depending on the game, Soma for example maxes out around 78C, Mad Max 81C, Plants vs Zombies Garden warfare 74C.

The one downside to the custom fan speed method is semi-loud fan operation although it hasn't hit 100% (usually around 80% RPM)

Is there a popular aftermarket replacement cooler I should consider for this 290X? (prefer air cooled if possible).

Thanks!

I don't think you understand thermal dynamics. A cooler card doesn't mean it's producing less heat (sure, it'll produce slightly less due to improved efficiency, but overall, the difference is minimal). Aftermarket cards are just more efficient at removing the same heat.

As to your question, look into the Arctic Accelero IV cooler.
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Even though he wrote "heat" but what he wrote after that show that he actually talking about temp, as in the core temp.

@mathesar, well I don't have any recommendation for air cooling but whatever aftermarket cooler you're going to get, make sure you get heatsink & a fan for VRM cooling.
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Just redo the thermal greese
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Just redo the thermal greese

This does very little for a reference Hawaii card. (R9 290/X) They simply produce so much heat and the stock reference "blower" cooler is just not efficient enough to cool the card effectively without making a ton of noise.

@mathesar I would HIGHLY recommend the Corsair HG10 A1 water cooling bracket kit which you can use with any Corsair AIO cooler (I suggest the H55 which is inexpensive and very reliable) for anyone with a reference 290/X. It uses the blower fan from the stock cooler to help keep the VRMs and Vram modules cool (only has to run at 30% constant which is silent) and it has a mid-plate incorporated into it's design to act as a large heatsink for the VRMs and Vram as well. It's really well designed and works great. Using one myself on a reference 290 and the temps are mid-50's at max load and 32 at idle. smile.gif
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Ironically we just had this conversation in another thread.

First. Changing thermal paste may have an effect.


Second the ref cooler is fine at doing what it does

Third it is far better to just buy a full block and say a mcr140x then any crapy aio does it cost more sure. But it is far better in so many ways
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I will go with hg10 + h55 this combo will cist about 80$ but its just amazing since you got the card for free then I highly recommend this combo.
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Ironically we just had this conversation in another thread.

First. Changing thermal paste may have an effect.


Second the ref cooler is fine at doing what it does

Third it is far better to just buy a full block and say a mcr140x then any crapy aio does it cost more sure. But it is far better in so many ways
especially vrm temps...when the vrms stay around the core temps it's a great thing
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This does very little for a reference Hawaii card. (R9 290/X) They simply produce so much heat and the stock reference "blower" cooler is just not efficient enough to cool the card effectively without making a ton of noise.

@mathesar I would HIGHLY recommend the Corsair HG10 A1 water cooling bracket kit which you can use with any Corsair AIO cooler (I suggest the H55 which is inexpensive and very reliable) for anyone with a reference 290/X. It uses the blower fan from the stock cooler to help keep the VRMs and Vram modules cool (only has to run at 30% constant which is silent) and it has a mid-plate incorporated into it's design to act as a large heatsink for the VRMs and Vram as well. It's really well designed and works great. Using one myself on a reference 290 and the temps are mid-50's at max load and 32 at idle. smile.gif

After researching the Accelero IV and reading user reivews it appears to have issues with cooling the VRMs on 290X and people tend to buy separate VRM heat sinks, in that case the overall cost ends up being very close to the corsair cooler + bracket (Newegg reviews are very mixed on the Accelero).

Either way the Corsair bracket & H55 cooler seems like a much nicer design for both looks & function so Thanks for the info!
Edited by mathesar - 9/27/15 at 9:37am
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Acquired a used single fan Diamond R9 290X 4GB from a friend who recently upgraded to dual 980 TI's, The Diamond version appears to be a rare and probably undesirable card (reference cooling) but It was free so I couldn't turn it down lol.

I've had it installed a few days now and so far no problems and great performance, my previous card was a Nvidia GTX 670 FTW model (EVGA).

My only gripe with this 290X is the heat output under load, With the stock Auto fan it would hit 94C very quickly during gaming, I installed MSI Afterburner and enabled user fan control, With MSI's default fan curve it rarely sees over 81C, depending on the game, Soma for example maxes out around 78C, Mad Max 81C, Plants vs Zombies Garden warfare 74C.

The one downside to the custom fan speed method is semi-loud fan operation although it hasn't hit 100% (usually around 80% RPM)

Is there a popular aftermarket replacement cooler I should consider for this 290X? (prefer air cooled if possible).

Thanks!

i recently got a reference 290x also i took the advice of another member and bought a hg10 a1 bracket and a corsair h55...waiting for the h55 to come, i looked at air cooling alternatives but the gelid needed 2 extra heat sink kits which made it like 100 bucks total, the accelero looked too goofy to me so i went with liquid

i was going to go with the nzxt brackets but they dont cool vrms well and they required a "shim" . the hg10 bracket acts like a heatsink itself and has really good temps
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Ironically we just had this conversation in another thread.

First. Changing thermal paste may have an effect.


Second the ref cooler is fine at doing what it does

Third it is far better to just buy a full block and say a mcr140x then any crapy aio does it cost more sure. But it is far better in so many ways

First, not much. Maybe 2-5 degrees if you're lucky. It's still going to hit 90+ unless you have the blower fan running at 60%+ which is still quite loud (way too loud IMO).

Second, If you don't mind the sound of a 747 at full throttle running in your case, sure it's fine at what it does. For me and for many others, it's performance and acoustics are unacceptable.

Third, a full cover waterblock for a custom loop alone is $100+. The HG10 + H55 combo can be had for less than that. The temps and silence achieved is an incredible value per dollar and you avoid the pit falls of a full custom loop system. If going custom loop is your thing and you have the money, by all means. But for many others who just want to properly tame the heat dissipation and deal with the atrocious noise of the Hawaii reference coolers, the HG10 + H55 is simply unbeatable in practicality, performance and cost. "Crappy AIO"? I think not. Just because it's not what you would choose doesn't mean it's"crappy". wink.gif

The 290 I'm running with the HG10 rarely ever cracks the mid 50's. Ever. That's a -40 degree drop in load temps for $100 or less. Sorry but I'm not paying hundreds of dollars more just to get it 5 degrees cooler than that.
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