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MSI TWIN FROZR II 290X HEAT ISSUES Please Help X.x

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July 20, 2014 10:33:53 AM

I have 2 MSI 290X Twin Frozr OC'd Edition GPUs. After ALOT of research i had concluded that these should run just fine at decent temps. now i know that these are rated to run at 90* and higher.... but from the tests i saw, this card rarely reached above 85*...

Now my problem. i just spent another $150 because i thought it was my case keeping my 290Xs hot. i had a Cool Master Storm Enforcer. i just switched to the Corsair 500R with 2 140mm Cougar fans on the side for GPU ventilation which the Storm Enforcer Case did not have. i have a total of 8 freaking fans in this 500R. I did my research, I'm positive i have them setup correctly and yet, my temps are still waaaay high.. -.-

My temps regularly hit high 80s low 90s and you can tell during gaming when the card reaches the 95* limit due to throttling. This is all VERY upsetting because EVERYTHING i read says these cards should be running alot cooler now!. ive tried both ways, with the side fans pushing cold air in and sucking hot air out. no change in temps. HEAVEN=95* / TOMB RAIDER=86* / Rogue Legacy=85* ( I KNOW RIGHT!?? ) / WOLFENSTEIN=92* / BORDERLANDS 2=87*

I don't know what to do.. Can someone show me the light at the end of the ridiculously long and twisted tunnel???
July 20, 2014 10:44:58 AM

My first guess you be you should install MSI afterburner and set a more aggressive fan profile. With faster fan speeds the cards will run cooler at a cost of noise. So check the fan speed at lets say 80c and then add to it. so lets say make it 5-10% faster than the stock setting for every 10c in temperature. You have lots of options.

Having 2 high powered cards close to each other will generate lots of heat.

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July 20, 2014 10:48:10 AM

nukemaster said:
My first guess you be you should install MSI afterburner and set a more aggressive fan profile. With faster fan speeds the cards will run cooler at a cost of noise. So check the fan speed at lets say 80c and then add to it. so lets say make it 5-10% faster than the stock setting for every 10c in temperature. You have lots of options.

Having 2 high powered cards close to each other will generate lots of heat.



CRAP i didn't mean to press "solution".. can i change that back? and yes i have already done all of that. and this is where it gets strange. i have run the cards separately with the same results..
i have MSI Afterburner set to where the fans hit 100% at 67*
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July 20, 2014 10:48:59 AM

Did fan speed adjustments help any?
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July 20, 2014 10:49:46 AM

Those Twin frozr cards are supposed to run super cool too..
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July 20, 2014 10:53:13 AM

If it was just one, I would think it was a defect, but with both its is kind of strange.
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July 20, 2014 10:53:29 AM

AMDFaith said:
Those Twin frozr cards are supposed to run super cool too..

Are you controlling the fan speeds?

And is there another slot you can set your crossfire card into -- put some space in between them?

Both cards have been run on their own with the same results.
high heat and quick to throttle.
to be honest, the only difference i have noticed so far betwqeen the reference model 290x i sold and the MSI twin frozr s that i got is that. the MSI is quiet, looks cool... but the reference cools better but is like a jet enjine.
I KNOW HOW WEIRD THAT SOUNDS trust me..... but those are my legitimate findings so far :/ .

and yes i have full control over fan speeds. fans max out a little below 70*
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July 20, 2014 10:54:51 AM

nukemaster said:
If it was just one, I would think it was a defect, but with both its is kind of strange.



i completely agree.. :/ 
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July 20, 2014 10:55:16 AM

crank those fans.

Many reviews are done in open cases or very well ventilated ones.

My 650 ti from MSI runs a good 10-12c hotter than a review sample and I have a vent right next to it. Small fan bump keeps it cool. It is also very quiet.
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July 20, 2014 10:57:12 AM

nukemaster said:
crank those fans.

Many reviews are done in open cases or very well ventilated ones.

My 650 ti from MSI runs a good 10-12c hotter than a review sample and I have a vent right next to it. Small fan bump keeps it cool. It is also very quiet.



everything is maxed out fan wise. could it POSSIBLY be the thermal paste?
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July 20, 2014 10:59:36 AM

well then i do think it could be your thermal paste
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July 20, 2014 12:07:07 PM

EllisDemonSlayer said:
well then i do think it could be your thermal paste


alrighty, i have contacted MSI Support and am going to see if it will void my warranty if i redo the thermal paste my self. They haven't gotten back with me just yet on how to proceed. ill post my solution when i find it. :/  wish me luck.
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July 20, 2014 1:17:46 PM

I sure hope it is just the paste.
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July 20, 2014 1:41:28 PM

nukemaster said:
I sure hope it is just the paste.


Me too.. :(  . ive spent way to much money on this rig... im done spending cash on it. i just wanted a gaming rig that is dependable and good looking. dont get me wrong, i enjoy working on it.. but i dont want this to be like a "hot rod money pit" type of situation you know?. 2 290x cards with a Z97 motherboard with a 4670K overclocked to 4.5 GHZ should be PLENTY of power to last me through ( i hope) this generation of Consoles and more...

UPDATE: I have contacted MSI customer support...4 days ago. I have received 1 response asking for just more information about my chassis setup so far. i'll keep this chat updated till i get a solution.
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