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Custom Sapphire cooler on a reference 290/X?

post #1 of 5
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I was wondering about the possibility to replace my r9 290's reference cooler with their TRI-X solution for that video card.
So I'm asking to you if would be possible to buy a r9 290's tri-x cooler and install it in a r9 290 reference card.

What do you think? It would be phisically possible?
post #2 of 5
Possible? Sure. But is it realistic? No.

Where are you going to get this cooler w/o buying the actual card in the first place? Buying a used cooler off someone who watercools their card... would require serious luck and someone stupid enough to sell their stock cooler. If Sapphire sells this cooler separately, it one will kill their sales and two is completely opposite to their warranty voiding disposition.
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Yes, get one of those coolers would be very very difficoult. Maybe the more realistic way would be to ask directly to Sapphire... you know... as a spare part for a faulty card but i really don't know if they would sell it!
post #4 of 5
They dont sell parts, I've practically begged them to buy the revision 3 Vapor-X cooler for 7950 when they released it [and i had revision 2], but they wouldnt let me.

Best bet is finding someone who went ahead and water cooled it, but considering the Tri-X isnt really an improved PCB card, its not too likely many will buy it to watercool. ASUS and MSI 290x coolers however may be more readily available, as they improved the PCB significantly versus reference, and as such watercoolers want the PCB, not the heatsink.
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Now that time has past and occasionally broken tri-x cards are popping on ebay, I've been too wondering has anyone actually modded tri-x cooler to reference 290/X card? questionmark.gif

Edit: Found this guru3d forum post about same topic and they claim that tri-x uses reference design and should be direct swap in. Although, they also claim that it should be rev.1 and not new, is there any truth on that? I don't have a clue how many revisions tri-x has and do they actually differ at all? http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=401986

Edit: Hmmm... I think it's confirmed, according to this youtube tri-x cooler removal video, sapphire uses reference PCB, so it should be direct drop-in with any reference 290/x. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ9QXzxK4T0
Edited by Power Drill - 10/30/15 at 3:56am
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