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Possible to 'cook' an R9 290 due to mining?

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Hi, I'm thinking about picking up a second R9 290 off eBay, and found one for a decent price that had been used for mining purposes. However, the seller has received negative feedback from a previous 290 they sold, with the buyer claiming that the card 'shuts down' when it gets hot.
I understand that silicon degrades with time and heavy use, but I'll be watercooling the card, so temps in my rig won't be an issue.
Should I take the risk?
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I would say that you should purchase a different r9 290. Thermal limits seem to have been reached causing the card to shut down. I would go ahead and find another deal because they seem to be popping up all over the place right now. But that's just my opinion and YMMV.
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Originally Posted by nickcnse View Post

I would say that you should purchase a different r9 290. Thermal limits seem to have been reached causing the card to shut down. I would go ahead and find another deal because they seem to be popping up all over the place right now. But that's just my opinion and YMMV.
Thanks for the advice, I was looking at this 290 mainly because there's no bidding activity, in Australia most used 290's end up selling for very close to retail price due to tons of people bidding on them.
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