Originally Posted by zooterboy
Which is why I stated that AMD can't create their own physics.
Sure, they created a processor that runs optimally at 95C. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
It is not creating physics if it was found that their gfx cards performed their best at 95C. They simply test at different vcore and clock/mem speeds until they reach the best performance point with the product they have, while ensuring it will work for the lifetime of the product - and it ended up that 95C was the temp at which the performance requirements were most optimally met.
perhaps 98C was not suitable as an operating temp for the product lifetime, perhaps 80C did not allow them enough vcore and clock/mem speed to reach the performance levels they required for the 290/290x in the gfx card package they are using? Who really cares tbh.
I think the point that needs to be taken from AMD here is that AMD has formally acknowledged that the 290/290X is most optimal when it runs at 95C and it will continue to run for the card's lifetime regardless of the 95C temp - and that customers need not worry about their 290/290x temp reading 95C.
But since this is OCN, what we should take from this is that if we introduce better cooling for the 290/290X gfx cards, then we can push them as hard as possible, knowing that our safe upper limit when overclocking is now 95C