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Don't get ASUS R9 290X DirectCU to watercool , it's not worth it

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Maybe you missed this part? They are seeing a 30C drop in temperatures on load temps. I don't know how that is not worth it.
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Even the reference cards overclocking ability is not greatly effected by going to watercooling, the reason why you do it so it doesn't sound like a hair dryer all the time, its not dumping 80-100c air into the case/room and it looks alot better.
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Originally Posted by ShortySmalls View Post

Even the reference cards overclocking ability is not greatly effected by going to watercooling, the reason why you do it so it doesn't sound like a hair dryer all the time, its not dumping 80-100c air into the case/room and it looks alot better.
I thought Hawaii was mostly temp limited when overclocking? There was big gains with older 7950/7970 cards when using water cooling.
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I thought Hawaii was mostly temp limited when overclocking? There was big gains with older 7950/7970 cards when using water cooling.

My 2 290'x gained another 30 core speed adding waterblocks from the stock aircoolers, and no memory clocks. I was rocking 1200 core/1700 memory on stock blower coolers with no problems.
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Mostly because it sounds like a leaf blower in operation. Not under water though if your rads are sensibly enough and your pump as well.
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Maybe you missed this part? They are seeing a 30C drop in temperatures on load temps. I don't know how that is not worth it.

My point is you can get a reference card like the LCS to watercool that works just as well.
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And the LCS is what, still 800 bucks, and youll save 50-ish bucks getting a DCU2 (~$650 on newegg with PS3 game, value ~$25 so ~$625 for DCU2), and (when it releases) the EK ASUS DCU2 block will be about $100-$115, total cost after sale of game is ~$740. And the LCS doesn't run like, sub-zero or something, it just has normal watercooled gpu temps.

Don't pass us that baloney of "Ohhh well its professionally installed though, you can't put a price on that lol" either. If you are afraid that you will damage your GPU board mounting a waterblock, you simply shouldn't be watercooling... Because of water and electrical shorts and water damage and total system failures and... You get the point.



EDIT: Pippen knows a thing or 2 about cool.
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My point is you can get a reference card like the LCS to watercool that works just as well. wink.gif

The LCS is just a reference board with an EK waterblock, much like the Visiontek Cryovenom
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My point is you can get a reference card like the LCS to watercool that works just as well. wink.gif

The LCS is just a reference board with an EK waterblock, much like the Visiontek Cryovenom
No it isn't.
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