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290x overclock stock cooler.

Poll Results: Buy a water cooler or no.

 
  • 83% (10)
    Water cooler
  • 16% (2)
    No water cooler.
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have a 290x on the way, my question is I am debating if i want to spend another 100 on a water cooler? Will I be able to see if the card can even handle the high over clock, that comes with a water cooler, on the stock cooler? Are graphics cards like CPUS, where its a lottery, you may get one that can oc good or my may not? Like my i5 3570k delidded, really didnt need to be water cooled, I cant seem no matter what i do to get it over 4.4, and its not due to being to hot.
O, I already have a custom water cooling system, I wouldent need to buy anything to add it to the loop. At least I am pretty sure I dont. The water pump I use is over 2 GPM, I think I read some where that, that is enough for a GPU, Dual radiator and CPU.
Edited by makasouleater69 - 4/20/14 at 3:54am
post #2 of 12
i suggest getting a block regardless of lottery results, especially if it is reference. besides, if your system is watercooled . . . it is not cool if the gpu stays on air.2cents.gif

you should find second hand blocks for half the price. and may i add, even at stock, the cpu is what needs to be oc'ed. 4.4GHz on the i5 is perfect.wink.gif
Edited by rdr09 - 4/20/14 at 4:11am
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
I cant seem to find any used water coolers. Although I only know to look on ebay.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
New question lol. Thank you for responding, I really appreciate it. I see in my search there is a back plate under water cooling, in frozen cpu. Is that something worth buying? http://www.frozencpu.com/products/22332/ex-blc-1602/XSPC_Razor_R9_290X_290_Full_Coverage_VGA_Backplate.html?tl=g30c309s2073
post #5 of 12
aesthetics - yes. i read it does help cool, too.

the main advantages of the block really apply to Hawaii. Less heat and noise.
Edited by rdr09 - 4/20/14 at 4:58am
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much.
post #7 of 12
you are welcome. i only have 3 fans in my intel rig. 2 with the 120 rad for the i7 4.5GHz and 1 with 120 rad for the 290. cougar fans are dead silent, so now all i hear is the pump.
Edited by rdr09 - 4/20/14 at 4:43am
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post #8 of 12
From my experiences with my individual cards while well worth the money for the blocks for looks and to keep my system below "Jet Turbine" status they did nothing as far as overclocking. I was able to hit 1200/1700 on the reference air coolers but if i left the fan speed on AUTO it would get up to 95*c and throttle back. If you change the fan curvy any at all so you get more then 30% fan speed before it hits 90*c i didn't even throttle, while i only ran air coolers for about an hour, it was loud and hot the whole time.

Now with my EK blocks, i was able to get up to 1250/1800 but thats probably only because i flashed the ASUS bios which allows for an extra +100mv to the core but my system remained reasonable sounding and it had no problems keeping the GPU cores below 40*c
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post #9 of 12
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Thank you very much. I had the 290 reference, I sent it back because it was so loud, that at 100 percent I couldn't even hear my air-conditioner any more. It sounds though you were able to get higher with the water cooler though, due to the Bios. Which i plan on changing from Sapphires. If i understand the roms correctly on the official 290 to 290x page, one of them unlocks the voltage completely.
post #10 of 12
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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21664/ex-blc-1565/EK_Radeon_R9-290X_VGA_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Acetal_EK-FC_R9-290X_-_Acetal.html . Decided on that with the back plate, thanks again every one for the info.
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