Custom coolers for the R9 290 will come out anywhere between mid-December and early January. Custom R9 290X's will follow.
When the Radeon R9 290 and the R9 290X launched, it quickly became apparent that they were very powerful cards. Unfortunately, they were also rather noisy and designed to run at 95 C. Luckily, our test proved that with decent cooling, the cards have the potential to run a lot quieter and cooler. Of course, this required an aftermarket cooler, and not everyone is prepared to void their warranty in this way.
We all know that the AIBs will eventually come out with their own cooling solutions, though there has been a big lack of clarity as to when that will be. Sources have told the German website ComputerBase.de when this might happen, and sadly, it seems there is a good chance Santa won't be able to help you out.
The report indicates that the Radeon R9 290 with custom cooling solutions is expected to hit around mid/late December, or early next year. Also, it seems that the R9 290X cards with custom cooling solutions will follow later. One of the sources told ComputerBase.de that it blames AMD for not providing the required data on time. Thus, manufacturers did not have enough time to make their own custom solutions.