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October 25, 2013 9:46:50 AM

So I'm planing to get the R9 290 when it comes out but I've heard it'll run very hot and loud so I'm wondering if I can put another cooler on it and if so, which one?
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October 25, 2013 10:14:03 AM

If you aren't ready for custom water cooling, which would involve buying all the other parts, pump, reservoir, radiator, tubing, fittings, etc. You can also look into the Arctic Accelero Hybrid cooler. They released a few production cards with this cooler, but it has actually been around a lot longer.

The kit is expensive, but it really does a good job, and can really make the difference in cramped circumstances. (such as when you try to cram two triple slot cards into SLI)
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October 25, 2013 10:16:14 AM

How hot and how loud is under your control with the bios.
Heat is not such a big issue, the card is built to tolerate it.
Noise from the cooling fans is a different issue.

The R9-290 (not X) may not be what you want if heat and noise are important to you.
I expect Nvidia to counter with a competitive offering using their excellent titan cooler.
It would pay to compare both offerings.
My take is to spend my $ on a faster card in the first place instead of a bunch on cooling so I could OC.
October 25, 2013 10:34:07 AM

adimeister said:
Put an EKWB water block on it! http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ekwb-ek-fc-r9-290x-amd...
If you don't want to custom loop, just wait around next week. I'm sure Asus and the rest of the gang will release their custom cooler on the r9 290x.


I was looking at custom loops but since I have an h100i I decided against it and I heard that custom PCB/coolers wouldn't be avialible at launch. Is this true?

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a c 79 U Graphics card
October 25, 2013 10:45:39 AM
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FlyingHelmet said:

I was looking at custom loops but since I have an h100i I decided against it and I heard that custom PCB/coolers wouldn't be avialible at launch. Is this true?

that seems to be the case for 290x, however Newegg already lists custom versions of 290 (non-X) from asus and gigabyte (with DC2 and windforce3 coolers), so who knows maybe amd allows custom 290s from the launch at the end of the month.
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