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Custom R9 290 Cards Expected Before Custom R9 290Xs

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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.

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    Dmitriy Kuzmich , December 6, 2013 11:24 AM
    The only thing keeping me from buying this is the cooling. Im sure alot of people like me are waiting for non refrence cards.
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    Ceee9 , December 6, 2013 11:10 AM
    yes
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    iknowhowtofixit , December 6, 2013 11:23 AM
    Gotta wonder if the delay on the 290X cards with custom cooling is due to AMD tweaking something to make it faster to compete with the 780ti.
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    Dmitriy Kuzmich , December 6, 2013 11:24 AM
    The only thing keeping me from buying this is the cooling. Im sure alot of people like me are waiting for non refrence cards.
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    yyk71200 , December 6, 2013 11:31 AM
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    Gotta wonder if the delay on the 290X cards with custom cooling is due to AMD tweaking something to make it faster to compete with the 780ti.


    Nah. Cooling the card enough to prevent throttling will make it pretty much even with 780ti by itself. I think that AMD prevented custom cooling to make sure that results are more or less even across the board in introductory benchmarks. Wrong decision in my opinion.
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    vmem , December 6, 2013 11:32 AM
    LAME!!!

    and word is the delay is due to a shortage of supply of the 290X chips from AMD for manufacturers to tweak/playwith
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    RupertJr , December 6, 2013 12:26 PM
    I wonder when AMD will stop shooting at it's own foot?! This is so incredible!
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    Derbixrace , December 6, 2013 1:09 PM
    i found a good deal on a reference VTX3D 290, only paid 352€ shipped so i have to live with the noise i guess, anyhow theres a chance it might unlock into a 290X. that you cant expect from the aftermarket ones because the chips will be laser cut :) 
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    smile9999 , December 6, 2013 1:11 PM
    I have definetly been waiting for the manufacturers to release their own custom solutions, I am very excited for the R9 290 and I will grap it as soon as the customs hit the market and they prove to reasonably reduce the noise, improve the cooling and minimize the variance in performance
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    smile9999 , December 6, 2013 1:11 PM
    I have definetly been waiting for the manufacturers to release their own custom solutions, I am very excited for the R9 290 and I will grap it as soon as the customs hit the market and they prove to reasonably reduce the noise, improve the cooling and minimize the variance in performance
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    Dragonzeanse , December 6, 2013 1:22 PM
    Okay, I may be wrong, but this would never happen with Nvidia's graphics cards. Why the hell is it taking so long for AMD's one flagship product to get a halfway decent cooling system? This is unacceptable to the point that I will not be buying an R9 290 even when the custom cooling comes out. I'm sorry AMD, but you missed your change to sell me on that. I've already bought a new card and you and your OEMs waited too long. The one thing that could have made you compete with Nvidia and it seems you've done everything in your power to sabotage it.

    If AMD wasn't holding back OEMs, the coolers would probably be out already. Nvidia's cards certainly got custom cooling solutions early, and even if they didn't, at least Nvidia's cooler isn't a plastic turd with the worst fan ever designed in the history of mankind.
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    16bit , December 6, 2013 2:40 PM
    I am very excited for this! I will be picking one up when they come out.
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    Gurg , December 6, 2013 5:25 PM
    Its apparent to me from the limited remaining availability and the number of 290s sold out at New Egg and elsewhere that the problem is AMD cranking up production and holds placed on marketing 290s with non-reference coolers. If an existing Arctic Cooler can fit the 290s then its pretty obvious that a cooler from an earlier Windforce AMD GPU should probably also fit. The new NZXT KRAKEN™ G10 GPU BRACKET which ships next week supposedly fits a list of old AMD and Nvidia GPUs as well as the 290s and 780Ti.
    http://store.nzxt.com/NZXT-KRAKEN-G10-GPU-BRACKET-p/rl-krg10.htm

    Review of Kraken G10 on 290x. 50ºC drop in load temps. 21% drop in noise levels.
    http://www.legitreviews.com/nzxt-kraken-g10-gpu-water-cooler-review-on-an-amd-radeon-r9-290x_130344
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    jk47_99 , December 6, 2013 6:34 PM
    It makes sense that the R9 290 would get the custom coolers first, it is the most popular product price/performance wise. I had to settle for the reference card as my ITX case needs a blower cooler as I know that the after market coolers will all be open fan and all that hot air blowing into my case makes everything 10-15c hotter (based on my last 7950).

    The thing is, as an actual owner of the thing, it is not as noisy as the reviews make out. It is not great or anywhere near as good as the NVidia reference, but it is not unbearable or that audible once you close the case and have your sound on, And of course us reference owners might be the only ones who had the chance to unlock to a fully working R9 290X!
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    ipwn3r456 , December 6, 2013 7:59 PM
    The price/performance ratio of the 290x is just not worth it comparing to the 290. You probably get an extra few cores and higher clock speeds (which you can OC the card yourself, if done properly) for the 290x, but just I rather get the 290.
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    bemused_fred , December 6, 2013 11:02 PM
    B-but it's meant to run at 95c!



    [Throttling intensifies]
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    rolli59 , December 7, 2013 12:05 AM
    About time is all I say!
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    rdc85 , December 7, 2013 12:34 AM
    This card R290 makes me wanna jump to water cooling setup...

    Saving the money right now to get full loop & block, and hoping the price will drop in few month...
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    siman0 , December 7, 2013 4:28 AM
    apparently the nvidia comments dony remember the 8000 series that would desolder themselves. i remember the refresh in the 9000 series i could cook on my 9800gx2s. that thing was a small fire i literaly ran benchmarks to keep my room warm.
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    Dnx , December 7, 2013 5:40 AM
    well, i been waiting on this to get one, and if they don't do it by mid december then the green team has my vote and i'll just pick a 780 ti (looks like GB Ghz edition will be released next week). period.
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    rwinches , December 7, 2013 11:41 AM
    There is a lot more in these upcoming cards than just custom cooling.
    Plenty of parts will be upgraded as will the power setup, so until the layout is set the cooling solution can not be finalized. Just what will future testing show?

    The idea of converting a reference board to a 290X is intriguing though.
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