Originally Posted by .theMetal
Have to chime in here. I have the msi 670 pe/oc with the same twin frozr heatsink. It had always run hot, but still in the boundaries of the 670.
I finally decide to re apply the thermal paste, and dropped the temps a good 10-15c. It would reach ~80c with fans peaking at %100 (would start throttling) with custom fan profile. Now with the stock fan profile it struggles to get above 65c, and doesn't throttle at all.
I know its strange and I know it voids the warranty, but It might be worth it to put some decent paste under there.
MSI honors warranties as long as the factory cooler is replaced and no user-inflicted damage is present.
(Their use of a sticker on a backplate screw is a flag to check the card rather than a warranty-voiding mechanism, as I understand it)
I really hope my R9 290 comes sooner than its projected arrival date - I'm eager to put it through it's paces
Here are the relevant bits from MSI's warranty policy:
Edited by staryoshi - 1/11/14 at 11:15pm
The MSI product MUST be free of any physical damage due to improper installation or modification of ANY kind (this includes installing aftermarket parts) or the warranty WILL be VOID.
The product MUST be returned to MSI in the original factory configuration and condition. All aftermarket modifications must be reversed prior to sending in the product for repair or replacement.
MSI reserves the right to inspect and verify the defects of any product(s) returned and further reserves the right to claim for service charge from the customer for any product returned incomplete or modified if product requires repair or replacement or when the customer is not entitled to any coverage under this limited lifetime warranty.
Products returned with customer-induced damage (including, but not limited to physical damage) will be charged for out of warranty repair fee.