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    Default VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    It has been several months since AMD shook up the GPU market a bit with its R9 series of GPUs. Now that the dust has settled there has been time for AMD partners to design better cooling solutions for the Hawaii based GPUs at the top end of the R9 lineup. When the 290 and 290x first released there was a firestorm of complaints surrounding the massive amounts of heat generated and the lack of significant cooling solutions. Basically the reference design cooler was a major flop that actually caused performance loses. The 290 and 290x GPUs were known to throttle down to lower core speeds to stay within the thermal envelope. In some cases, this resulted in a 290 outperforming a 290x in benches or other counter intuitive results... OUCH!

    AMD partners proved to be up to the challenge though, releasing GPUs with their custom cooling solutions that offered better heat dissipation without adding to the noise penalty suffered by the reference cooler. This is all fine and dandy, but where does any of this leave the hardcore water cooling enthusiast? It leaves many researching to see which GPU from each manufacturer is and is not compatible with certain water blocks and adding additional cost to an already costly product. One of those OEMs, VisionTek, wanted to lend a hand in this process by taking away all guess work, and even the installation. They are now offering a GPU which comes ready to be incorporated into a custom waco system out of the box. I am happy to introduce the CryoVenom R9 290 LiquidCooled series GPU.Can this new water-cooling focused product from VisionTek hold its own in this segment of the market? Read on to find out!

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    Good review Sandy. now send it here for another review lol.
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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Do you have any photos of the VisionTek R9 290 installed in your test system Sandy? I'm curious about the custom loop you're running in this set-up.
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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMawd View Post
    Do you have any photos of the VisionTek R9 290 installed in your test system Sandy? I'm curious about the custom loop you're running in this set-up.

    No I do not. Why? because it was ugly. I was switching GPUs in and out, some air some water , some 6pin, some 8 some 6+8 some 6+6 ect ect and it made my system look like sh*t. I will answer as many questions as possible about the system itself.
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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Nice and quick review. Really slick lookin card! It hits some pretty decent overclocks, too.

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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Mgutierrez33 View Post
    Nice and quick review. Really slick lookin card! It hits some pretty decent overclocks, too.
    yeah it was quick and to the point review. Was given a really small Window to get it done in. The overclocks were nice but sadly some of the titles didnt reflect it. I can tell you that this GPU can get 730KH/S with no special settings. Let CGminer figure it out and it does pretty well by itself.
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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Good review, and a nice card for the money Sandy.

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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Very nice card and great review. I like that it is short and to the point. I'm impressed with all these R9 series cards but I just don't see the need to upgrade from my dual 7970's. They may no longer be the top tier cards but they are still very good and get the job done.
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    7970 is the same as a R9-280X, right?

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    Great review Sandy thanks for posting

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    Great review Its actually a really nice bundle for the money

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    7970 is the same as a R9-280X, right?
    I believe so. I built a rig for my friend not long ago with one XFX Double Dissipation Black Edition R9-280X and it is nearly identical to my XFX Black Edition HD 7970.
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    CPU-ID CPU-Z shows my ASUS R9-280X OC as a 7970.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    CPU-ID CPU-Z shows my ASUS R9-280X OC as a 7970.

    Yes the 280x is built on the same pcg and GPu as the 7970 however if you are using the new drivers it should report as a 280x in the control panel and GPU-Z (Btw make sure you have new GPU-Z as well)
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    Good rivew Sandy. I like the card.

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    Default Re: VisionTek Cryvenom R9 290 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Very nice card and great review. I like that it is short and to the point. I'm impressed with all these R9 series cards but I just don't see the need to upgrade from my dual 7970's. They may no longer be the top tier cards but they are still very good and get the job done.
    Moving from 2x 7970s to a single 290 doesn't make much sense unless you wanted to cut down on a little power and needed the other slot. Going to dual 290s does make sense. I still have my 7950s cranking away. No plans on replacing them at the moment. Actually I just bought another one to bring the total to 4 HD7950 Dual-X. All with waterblocks. I would like to pick up another 280x to go Xfire.
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