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CryoVenom R9 290 Review: Water Cooling With A Warranty

Results: Tomb Raider And F1 2012

Remembering that my lab's low ambient temperatures give the air-cooled card a best-case environment, VisionTek's CryoVenom R9 290 continues to lead at the same clock rates.

With both cards overclocked, the water-cooled CryoVenom even manages to trump the retail Sapphire board's optimized fan settings.

I might have expected water cooling to give VisionTek's offering an advantage using Tomb Raider's Ultimate quality preset, but the lead instead remains constant.

F1 2012's High quality setting presents too light of a load for the fastest graphics cards.

The more strenuous workload of a multi-monitor configuration starts weighing on both cards once we dial in this title's Ultra detail preset. They boast the same GPU, and the most effective cooling solution (water) wins.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.