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VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek), a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh computers, announced today its CryoVenom R9 290 as the industry's first and fastest custom-built liquid cooled AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card on the market and available for immediate shipping. The hand-built card delivers lower temperature, near silent operation, and higher performance compared to VisionTek's stock R9 290 card; as well as better benchmark performance and a $150 lower price than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti.
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Overclock Certified and "Custom Shop" Built
To assure stable overclocked performance, the FurMark GPU stress utility is employed to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290's GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a 5% safe "headroom". Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto a build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek's "Custom Shop" team member that built and tested the CryoVenom card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.
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Up to 24% Faster Performance Without Voiding Warranty
Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn't be easier. Just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed…a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased up to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty.
http://www.techpowerup.com/196535/visiontek-announces-radeon-r9-290-cryovenom-graphics-card.html

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"Up to"

Powercolor did the same and went with a full board block, but I got to give it to these guys for a more aggressive overclock out of the box.
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"Up to"

Powercolor did the same and went with a full board block, but I got to give it to these guys for a more aggressive overclock out of the box.

yeah, its definitely a plus. I just woudln't expect a huge overclock on top of it
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if one can even grab a Radeon card without vendors adding 150+ to price
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if one can even grab a Radeon card without vendors adding 150+ to price

That only happens in the us.
     
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Better Value Than DIY
Even seasoned, hands-on system builders will find the certified ready-to-run3 and fully warrantied CryoVenom R9 290 can save over $100, time, and stress compared to creating a comparable liquid cooled non-warrantied solution for a R9 290 graphics card:

Certified Ready-to-Run CryoVenom R9 290
Assembly and Overclocking Verification: none required
Total Cost: $550
Warranty: One year
Hassle Factor: Low

Do-It-Yourself Liquid Cooled R9 290
R9 290 card $400.00, Waterblock $140.00, Backplate $36.00
Assembly, Pressure Testing, and Overclocking Verification: estimated three hours at a value of $75.00
Total cost: $651.00

Warranty: None
Hassle Factor: High

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I don't think that is entirely out of line, a lot of people apply a value to their time when making a purchase decision. I think most people do it every day, even if they don't realize it.
    
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I don't think that is entirely out of line, a lot of people apply a value to their time when making a purchase decision. I think most people do it every day, even if they don't realize it.

I don't buy it. I don't sit at home and contemplate things like that. If I'm building a PC I don't look at it as "well my at home time doing what I want will cost me $25 an hour". In other words, I don't charge myself money for doing stuff for myself.
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I don't buy it. I don't sit at home and contemplate things like that. If I'm building a PC I don't look at it as "well my at home time doing what I want will cost me $25 an hour". In other words, I don't charge myself money for doing stuff for myself.

No, no, no....

When people are looking at comparable products, one having a component that would require assembly or tweaking on some level, versus one that it is already done for them, a lot of people go with the second. Even if there is a small cost premium, a lot of people are going to go for the second.

Another example of this....

EVGA and their Hydro series, people spend a slight premium just to get the card with the WB installed already, and covered by warranty.

So for VisionTek to say "Hey, look, this saves you time/money by going this route... I feel is completely legitimate.
    
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