Topic Title: Can i unlock a R9 290 to get the same performance or be just like 290X?
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 04/10/2014 11:20 AM
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Silithas
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Isn'tthe 290 and 290 the same card but 290X is just a factory overclocked?



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 04/10/2014 11:38 AM
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Hi the answer is no. The 290x was built to take the extra heat the 290 was not so if you over clock the card you will need a better cooling solution and over clocked parts if not done properly will shortin the life of the product. Also changing the heat sink will void the warranty.

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 04/10/2014 07:59 PM
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The 290X features a fully enabled GPU while the 290 has some USPs disabled, usually via laser cuts. It's not possible to reflash the BIOS to enable them.

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