Topic Title: Anyone have a VisionTek R9 290X? Need to compare temps
Topic Summary: Temps are bit high, need comparisons
Created On: 06/22/2014 06:56 PM
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 06/27/2014 10:15 AM
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backFireX64
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It's fun though and can dramatically help others with same or similar cards.



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 06/27/2014 10:52 AM
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I'd feel safer paying someone that knows what they're doing, but I don't know anyone local that does. Would be neat to see the temperature difference afterwards on the Gigabyte card for instance, which already runs coolish (58-68C load) & quiet at 70~90% fan speed. 



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CPU: i7 3930k @ 4.6GHz 1.29V (Corsair H110-cooled) ~ Motherboard: Asus RoG Rampage IV Extreme 
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

 06/27/2014 11:10 AM
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First time i disassembled a card took me 1.5 hours.

Youtube, common sense and steady hands were my only friends....

 



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 06/27/2014 02:47 PM
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Wooooooooooooooow.

So I discovered the backplate is not removable, at least not by easy means, cuz the screws are... you guessed it, with the head on the bottom side of the PCB, aka blocked/semi blocked by the heatsink.  Such wow. Much retardedness.

VRM temps are nominal at idle, I'll run the test here shortly & report on in-bench readouts (using a second screen to keep an eye on it).

Here's some pics so y'all can see what I mean about this heatsink, the main bulk of it literally only has contact with the GPU itself, nothing else:

http://imgur.com/jDIIku5

http://imgur.com/hJINDoT

http://imgur.com/wye9bZJ

http://imgur.com/E1AGveT

http://imgur.com/HvgqKob

I switched to imgur so you can see'em in full quality, hopefully they aren't too blurry, not feeling too great atm so my hands aren't very steady lol

Be back with that VRM temp report in a few!



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RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

 06/27/2014 02:57 PM
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VRMs peaked at 58C/68C with the GPU hitting 84C on the VisionTek Card, and it did start throttling speed a bit again at 82C.  The Gigabyte maxed out at 74C, didn't throttle, and VRMs were around the same temps on it (couldn't watch both at once directly though).  So it's not them getting too hot.

 

Here's what I'm talkin' about in Overdrive... apparently these cards are indeed designed to throttle at ~85C instead of 95C like the stock ones, as the slider only goes up to 85C for them:

http://imgur.com/nmMBD8P

I'mma fiddle with that, see what happens if I set it to 75C & run the same test again.



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CPU: i7 3930k @ 4.6GHz 1.29V (Corsair H110-cooled) ~ Motherboard: Asus RoG Rampage IV Extreme 
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

 06/27/2014 03:10 PM
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Here's what I'm talkin' about in Overdrive... apparently these cards are indeed designed to throttle at ~85C instead of 95C like the stock ones, as the slider only goes up to 85C for them

 

Oh, i see now what you were saying before.

85-95° C is too hot for everyday gaming, though.



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 06/27/2014 03:14 PM
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Originally posted by: backFireX64
Here's what I'm talkin' about in Overdrive... apparently these cards are indeed designed to throttle at ~85C instead of 95C like the stock ones, as the slider only goes up to 85C for them

 

 

 

Oh, i see now what you were saying before.

 

85-95° C is too hot for everyday gaming, though.

 

Yep.  This card gets up over 80C then starts throttling. In my computer case, with the airflow I have, there's quite simply NO reason for that to be happening.  It doesn't happen to the Gigabyte unless I leave it on it's stock fan profile, which tops out at 50% (which I find to be stupid when 70-80% keeps it much cooler & is still inaudible, it's only at 90+% where you can actually hear it over the general hum of the computer, and even then, it's just barely noticable).

It's gotta be either bad TIM or just bad design.  But with the feedback I've gotten over at OCN & from that one seller on EBay who said he's running the exact same cards, it sounds like they run that hot period, aka bad design or they're all using bad/inadequate paste.

At this point, I'm probably not going to bother trying to take it apart & I'm just gonna get rid of it.  Why bother running this thing when I can run a stock blower card & it stays cooler... that in of itself makes the VisionTek Cooler stupid.



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CPU: i7 3930k @ 4.6GHz 1.29V (Corsair H110-cooled) ~ Motherboard: Asus RoG Rampage IV Extreme 
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

 06/28/2014 01:38 AM
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Unless you can return it for a full refund, your best option might be to get an aftermarket cooler that's vetted by reviews to work well.

Removing the heatsink is really not all that complicated.  The only potential issue is possibly damaging the thermal pads, which would need to be replaced (unless the aftermarket cooler comes with them).

 

 06/28/2014 07:49 AM
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Can't return it since it was new in box on EBay ($366) and it getting this hot is technically not a returnable issue so to speak as far as EBay is concerned when the general consensus is this particular card/cooler simply run hotter than most stock-aftermarket coolers do.

I'll be reselling it and probably taking a tiny loss, but it was a good learning experience as far as brands go, won't buy visiontek again if the cooler is similar to this one.



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CPU: i7 3930k @ 4.6GHz 1.29V (Corsair H110-cooled) ~ Motherboard: Asus RoG Rampage IV Extreme 
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

 06/29/2014 08:44 AM
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one of the features of my chassis i like its the capacity to install lots of fans

i like the front to flow inwards, rear and top outwards and no side panel fans

this creates a solid flow for any power pig card, like my old GTX 260 SLI setup before I grabbed this GTX 660 Ti

old cards had aitr flow from the chassis out the back, my new card sends some outt the back and some  back into the chassis

the air flow in my 300R manages fine

 

 



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