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Just wanted to let you know that I got a nice deal for a refurbished reference model 290X at a shop here (almost the same price of a used 290X but with warranty). I had to tweak the core clock a bit (reduced it by 50MHz) and allow the fan to spin up to 47% to keep the card at 88°C in MSI Kombustor.
And with FRTC it stays even cooler and quieter than that in the games that I play. The setup is probably CPU limited anyway, at least at 1920x1080.
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Just wanted to let you know that I got a nice deal for a refurbished reference model 290X at a shop here (almost the same price of a used 290X but with warranty). I had to tweak the core clock a bit (reduced it by 50MHz) and allow the fan to spin up to 47% to keep the card at 88°C in MSI Kombustor.
And with FRTC it stays even cooler and quieter than that in the games that I play. The setup is probably CPU limited anyway, at least at 1920x1080.

According to some tests I did, Phenom II 1090t @ 3900Mhz and R9-290x @ 1100MHz are perfect match.

Test consisted 1 render thread and various levels of shader detail. If GPU frequency went above some level, FPS was not increasing - which indicated CPU limit. FPS generated this way were on 600. When my display is limited to 60Hz / FPS it means GPU can handle up to 10 such threads on same details, while CPU has 6 cores, and rest is reserved for higher detail levels.
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The CPU is running @3400MHz so a R9 290X @950MHz core may not be perfect (I guess 1000MHz would be more suitable) but still acceptable. Coming from a 5850 the R9 290X is a huge performance upgrade so a couple of frames more don't bother me. I even enabled FRTC to limit the framerate in some older or less demanding games.
And even though the GPU is rated to run at 94°C I prefer it to stay around 87-88°C. The VRMs are surprisingly cool and stay below 80° (60-80°C).
Edited by GreenStone - 10/30/15 at 11:42am
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The CPU is running @3400MHz so a R9 290X @950MHz core may not be perfect (I guess 1000MHz would be more suitable) but still acceptable. Coming from a 5850 the R9 290X is a huge performance upgrade so a couple of frames more don't bother me. I even enabled FRTC to limit the framerate in some older or less demanding games.
And even though the GPU is rated to run at 94°C I prefer it to stay around 87-88°C. The VRMs are surprisingly cool and stay below 80° (60-80°C).

Yeah the reference cards rock for VRM temperatures!

I remember mine were ~80c when overclocked mildly.
At +100 core and +25 Aux I get not a drop over 65c on VRM1's, it'd be cooler with a better pad though.
 
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