Originally Posted by Stige
Yes the VRM cooling on the Strix DC3 is awful.
As far as i know it's not that good in Nvidia counterparts as well. I saw people with Asus Strix gtx 970 and 980s with vrm temperatures around 95-100C on stock clocks.
I believe when it comes to VRMs it's all about where the sensors are located to be honest. I just can't understand how MSI r9 390 vrm temperatures stay that low on gpu-z (around 60s), while infrared measurements prove the opposite. Tom's Hardware's test shows MSI 390's vrm pins heating up to 100C under load on stock clocks.
I wouldn't take gpu-z or any other monitoring software as very dependable sources. At the end of the day it's not hard to mess up with those sensors.
Originally Posted by JreyE30
Hi guys, new to the club here, just recently sold my R9 270x CFX setup to buy an R9 390(basically broke even in pricing)
I bought the ASUS R9 390 Strix DC3 since there was no MSI in stock on Amazon, but after checking newegg its cheaper plus it was in stock but i already ordered the card
I've heard some mixed reviews on this particular card, mostly performance and heat issues, been contemplating to return it since it could cause a problem in the long run, and just get the MSI version, idk if i should? thanks all
If you take vrm temperatures into consideration, the difference should be negligible to be honest. Tom's Hardware test proves MSI 390 vrm runs quite high as well, maxing at 101C. I wouldn't make my call according to the sensor readings. God knows where those guys at MSI placed that sensor to obtain those low readings.
On the other hand, Asus core temperatures are a bit higher than other 390s which might be a tad better decision point if you think it would worth the hassle. .Edited by ziggystardust - 1/28/16 at 11:28pm