R9-290X Custom Coolers And PCB Details
Written by Markus Jacalne on 10 December 2013 at 10:01

Those of you who are currently holding off on upgrading to AMD’s flagship single-GPU solution due to its less-than-stellar temperatures can breathe easier, with non-reference R9-290X cards having officially been announced to arrive in late January or early February.

We have gotten a peek at three of what could arguably be described as the best upcoming non-reference design cards...

The MSI Lightning R9-290X

One of the main features of this card is to reduce the core voltage from 1.25v to 1.15. This will drastically reduce temperatures, reducing them as much as 10°C even on the reference design.

Another key change is the power phase design, running at 12+3+2, insane overclocks will be more than attainable. As well as this, with the Lightning most likely using a Tri-Frozr cooler, which can also be found on the GTX 780, the temperatures will likely stay modest even under heavy overclocking.

 

 

 

The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X OC Edition Sports WindForce 3X

 Not much light was shed on this specific card though  we can expect it to have similar designs to the MSI  Lightning.

 What we do know though seems to be quite  promising.

 The Core clock is expected to run at 1040 MHz at  stock, though you can easily push it much further  due to its custom PCB, with a beefy cooler that is  arguably among the best non-reference coolers.

 The card is also able to produce much less sound,  ensuring ~16dB lower than the reference models in  Quiet Mode.

 

The Asus DirectCU II V2

Jon has already covered this card in some detail here, but this new card from Asus features their patented Cooltech cooling system as well as their direct copper heatpipes to enable potential for some nice overclocking. The specs aren't currently known, but it's almost certainly going to come factory overclocked. 

No official launch dates or pricing was mentioned but it is safe to assume they will launch in late January or early February, although definitely after CES 2014 (January, 7-10).

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17:42 Dec-10-2013
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I'm still having overheating problems with my Gigabyte Windforce 3X so I'm swapping to MSI or Asus.

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TheGHOSTyA
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really no probs here never gets above 50c even w overclock

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Robscura
20:06 Dec-10-2013
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yea I'm the only person I have heard with this problem, probably is just mine I don't know, but I'll give the others a chance.

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20:46 Dec-10-2013
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well good luck

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Zilincan
13:26 Dec-11-2013

What temps do you have? Test it and if it is going above 80C, something is wrong with cooler or chip, rma card

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Robscura
00:33 Dec-12-2013
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Thx, yes indeed, they are above 80 on some games, the problem is that it no longer has warranty so I don't know where to send it.

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tzzsmk
07:31 Dec-12-2013

how long the warranty was? my gtx770 has 3 years warranty..

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Zilincan
08:56 Dec-12-2013

Without warranty, unscrew card cooler (firstly look if fans are spinning OK) clear chip and apply new termal paste, check fans give them new oil (mineral), put it together and it will again work

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Robscura
19:11 Dec-12-2013
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thx for the suggestions guys, I'll try applying new termal paste cause the warranty expired some months ago, thank you.

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Try Asus they are good

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Md_Rayan
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Love Asus' design in all of their cards…

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upsurge
15:22 Dec-10-2013

Yes indeed, they make the sexiest hardware…

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I wish there were aftermarket coolers for the Titan by ASUS.
:3

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Yup.. :)

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Where are anas and Syed…? anas should be here drooling and Syed should be frothing at the mouth…

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I am not impressed with these custom coolers LOL what GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780 GHZ custom coolers can do? GTX 780 TI is pure power :P

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talhkora
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GTX 780 GHz is not out yet, and only 780 card with 1GHz core clock is the GIGABYTE version. Still it's an overclocked card so you can't compare them. But having few fps more for a price difference of $200 is to much so the 780 Ti can't compete.

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tzzsmk
14:33 Dec-10-2013

780 vs 780Ti …there's also difference in number of shader processing units and therefore also texture processing units :)

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aatire80
14:35 Dec-10-2013
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and now the 290x can be Oced so much it will show its true power with amazing price..AMD won the round again..Titan was so powerful but did it sell well compared to the compettion..290x will sell more than GTX780ti..
and R9-290 is current king of price/performance..performance better than GTX780 and price close to GTX770..Awesome..:D

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@ aatir bro GTX 780 Ti can be oced too to get more performance then HD 7990 so then difference will become 20% atleast and you can't still get 20+% with overclocking dude.

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aatire80
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i know Syed..it can be oced and its a beast at that..but then again the performance difference may not be more than 7% and with mantle coming that difference may even be in AMD's favour..So its a stupid decision to get780ti for 4-5 more frames..plus nvidia had been working with optimizing drivers for GK110 for quite some time since titan's release..Hawaii just released soon drivers will improve performance and 290x may get on level terms or stronger than 780ti..Hope you see the point here..

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talhkora
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He will never understand it. 780 Ti is indeed the strongest single card but the price does not justify the performance over other cards due they being cheaper and fps difference is not huge, so even 770/780 are better choices then 780 Ti. :/

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He understood thats why he did not reply..He got the point finally i guess..:)

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tzzsmk
15:33 Dec-10-2013

R9 290X master chef' edition ROFLMFAO =Đ

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aatire80
15:40 Dec-10-2013
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BTW tazz how much 1440p monitor costs in your country?

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Zilincan
18:23 Dec-10-2013

A lot, ist around 500-700 euro like here

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aatire80
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ok thats a huge amount look..BTW do you know this weird res 2560*1080????

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tzzsmk
19:55 Dec-10-2013

as @Zil said, some decent 27" 1440p ASUS is like 560€, but I found some decent Korean 27" 1440p monitors which are using same Samsung PLS panels, just "worse" quality which cost about 255€, and can be overclocked!! but using only DualLink DVI, and no OSD menu, so I guess I'll try the QNIX QX2710 in few months…

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Zilincan
06:55 Dec-11-2013

Yes. I have one QNIX 27
I opened it and it really have samsung label on back of panel (similar asus monitor use them and they cost up to 650 euro)and its great! I was worried about quality but had no dead pixel only small backlight bleed which I repaired in 10 minutes and as small bonus it is overclockable, mine can go from 60 to 100Hz
For monitor under 300 euro I love it, nice and clear colours

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tzzsmk
09:55 Dec-11-2013

you HAVE ?? why didn't you tell me….

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Zilincan
13:19 Dec-11-2013

I said that somewhere before and I just tested it for few days
Maybe I make blog

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tzzsmk
13:22 Dec-11-2013

hmm so should I get it ?? :3

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aatire80
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you two dont live in same country right?

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tzzsmk
14:00 Dec-11-2013

czech republic and slovakia are neighbour states, 20 years ago were one country :Đ

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Zilincan
14:00 Dec-11-2013

@tzz -Sure, but there is always some risk, I was deciding few months but read this thread and you will see
@aatire80 -No and yes :-D

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tzzsmk
14:06 Dec-11-2013

@Zil ….yea I read those and much more :))

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Zilincan
14:16 Dec-11-2013

Threre is no gain without risk :-)

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tzzsmk
15:01 Dec-11-2013

@Zil ..I guess I get 2 pieces and sell the "worse" one :3

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aatire80
15:09 Dec-11-2013
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Hey Zil and Tzzsmk what about this one..:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/X-Star-DP2710-LED-MDP-Matte-Perfect-Pixel-27-1440p-PLS-DP-HDMI-DVI-PC-Monitor-/121156200631

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tzzsmk
15:27 Dec-11-2013

x-star is basically same as qnix, only little different look and stand :)

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so wheres Tero :P

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aatire80
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That windforce 3x is coming home..(probably)..:P

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tzzsmk
10:07 Dec-10-2013

and what about that "I gonna crossfire ma 7850" ?? =Đ

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i said probably so i am still in two minds..lets see what i decide after exams..:P
Crossfire is cheaper but 290x more stable..u can see my test rig its composed of CFX..:D

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impressive indeed !!,
but I'm perfectly happy with my GTX770 titan-blower in my mini-ITX rig :3

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And I would be happy. :D Now as Non reference 290X are coming probably non reference 290 will come too so getting it will be ok cuz I will get liquid cooling and a stronger psu so I can OC my CPU toget rid any bottlenecks. :D

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tzzsmk
11:29 Dec-10-2013

agreed :Đ 290 offers better price/performance rate imo :)

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