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PowerColor's Liquid Cooled R9 290X LCS Spotted

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PowerColor has decided not to slap a big air cooler onto its R9 290X, but rather a shiny water block.

PowerColor has revealed a new graphics card: its Radeon R9 290X LCS. This graphics card features non-reference cooling, and unlike a big air cooler, which many manufacturers are applying, it features a preinstalled water block.

The water block on the graphics card is one that is built by EKWB. It is the EK-FC R9 290X, which has as options a nickel plated base and an acetal cover. This block retails for $144.31. The PCB used is a reference model.

PowerColor has clocked the card at 1060 MHz, which is a 60 MHz boost over reference speeds. The memory runs at an effective speed of 5.4 GHz, which is 400 MHz above the reference specification.

So far there is no indication as to when the card will be available or what it would cost, but you can count on a notable premium over reference models.

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    AMD Radeon , December 20, 2013 12:25 AM
    i wish AMD made this waterblock as a reference cooler
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    Zac Lloyd-Jones , December 20, 2013 12:51 AM
    60MHz boost. Nice. *sigh*
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    onedos , December 20, 2013 2:07 AM
    I'm new to the the build your own pc world. I don't usually hear about powercolor products how do they conpare to msi, Asus and gigabyte
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    3ogdy , December 20, 2013 3:54 AM
    onedos, they're not bad at all BUT I'd always go with ASUS, Sapphire, Gigabyte....in that specific order...I've heard of reliability issues with some MSI products, but generally speaking they should be fine -again, as long as there are alternatives from any of the other three companies I've mentioned, go with something from them.
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    KiranKara78 , December 20, 2013 4:16 AM
    @onedos

    regarding gpu manufacturers, id say depends partly where you live. See this table

    http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18231329

    Asus cooling on a 290x might be advisable or gigabytes windforce gets exceptional reviews, evga are magnificent, and so are gigabyte in my experience. Any of big boys should be fine, just read individual card reviews, and if ok, id base decision on customer service, and rta time in your country
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    vaughn2k , December 20, 2013 4:49 AM
    Could be, but I still have a Radeon 9800XT from Powercolor... and its still running in excellent condition ;) 
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    cyan1d3 , December 20, 2013 5:54 AM
    GIven this is a reference model card, it should be the same as any other Gigabyte, Asus, MSI, Powercolor, etc. EKWB only has blocks for reference layouts.
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    Tanquen , December 20, 2013 9:28 AM
    "nickel plated" = Pass.
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    sha7bot , December 20, 2013 10:10 AM
    @ Tanquen: Nickel Plated is optional, which is important for all of the variations on liquid cooling systems.

    My entire system is nickel plated because, at the time, copper radiators were nearly twice the cost. It means no corrosion or electrolysis in my lines because I'm not mixing metals.

    "'nickel plated' = Pass. I have copper blocks and radiators" - Fixed.
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    Stevemeister , December 20, 2013 10:26 AM
    @ Taquen - the EK blocks are nickel plated over solid copper and the nickel coating is so thin that is will not inhibit the thermal conductivity - it keeps the blocks looking better longer - copper oxidizes over time (and copper oxide has poor thermal conductivity), nickel doesn't oxidize. I've run both nickel plated blocks and pure copper blocks and there is no thermal difference
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    Tanquen , December 20, 2013 10:46 AM
    Quote:
    @ Tanquen: Nickel Plated is optional, which is important for all of the variations on liquid cooling systems.

    My entire system is nickel plated because, at the time, copper radiators were nearly twice the cost. It means no corrosion or electrolysis in my lines because I'm not mixing metals.

    "'nickel plated' = Pass. I have copper blocks and radiators" - Fixed.


    Sorry, it’s just I’ve seen all those pics with nickel plated gunk in the system. Why take the risk? I thought they were all nickel over copper to look cool and or not have the mixed metals issue. I don’t want to risk the whole loop from bad plating from one component.
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    cyan1d3 , December 20, 2013 2:17 PM
    EKWB had some bad nickel plating a while back, no such issues with the newer products.

    This would have been a better way to go instead of buying a reference card and a water block.. Oh well!! I sure hope to see more board partners go this route in the future. Don't have to worry about voiding a warranty to water cool your GPU!
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    cyan1d3 , December 20, 2013 2:31 PM
    EKWB had some bad nickel plating a while back, no such issues with the newer products.

    This would have been a better way to go instead of buying a reference card and a water block.. Oh well!! I sure hope to see more board partners go this route in the future. Don't have to worry about voiding a warranty to water cool your GPU!
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    rdc85 , December 20, 2013 11:18 PM
    I hope they also offer copper - plexy, or copper acetal variant

    It will be better if they also offer a 290 non X ones...
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    Double N , December 21, 2013 11:27 AM
    really hope they make 290 non X as well
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    IconicGamerX , December 27, 2013 10:46 PM
    Nice strategy opted by Amd but just kinda curious whether it will outperform the 780ti of
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