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Just installed an R9 290 and I'm loving it...

cq842000

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So I replaced my r9 270 with an R9 290 today. I got a reference MSI R9 290 for $215.00 + shipping if anyone cares) It was a tight fit, as in I had to remove the dvd drive and front inlet fan and put the fan at the top between the powerboard and the vent, so at least it's still an inlet fan. So far I havent modded the PCIE bracket yet, and I've only tested a Core OC to 1000 mhz, but temps have stayed below 64c in firestrike, SFIV, and RE6 benchmarks back to back. Everything is stable and I plan to not only mod the back bracket but also install and ghost everything onto a smaller 2.5" HDD next month to free up space and air flow.

Here is the initial Firestrike score with a measly 1ghz core.

and this is with 1080/1315 @ factory voltage. The memory goes higher but with factory voltage, this is my core limit and the mem bandwidth is already very high.

Important to note that the max GPU temp reported was 68c with the 1080/1315 OC, and max CPU temp was 69c.

Next I'l start playing with voltage. ;)
Let me know what you guys think.
 
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Okay, I just wanted to update the thread with surprising results. After fooling around with the GPU voltage offset in Trixx, I was able to achieve a benchmark stable (Firestrike and Vantage back to back) Max OC of 1150mhz core and 1400mhz memory with +118mv, validated via GPUz .

Here is my Vantage run with 1150/1400

Here is my Firestrike run with 1150/1400

I was very surprised that this tiny powerbrick could handle overclocking an already power hungry GPU by 21%. All I can think is that the power system must be very efficient.
 

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do u have pics of the inside?

i am totally interested how could it fit in!

many pple said 7970 cant fit
 

cq842000

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do u have pics of the inside?

i am totally interested how could it fit in!

many pple said 7970 cant fit

I'll take some pics first thing tomorrow morning. I had to remove the front inlet fan, and even then it was a snug fit. I ended up removing my dvd drive and putting a 60x60x10mm above where the dvd drive was, pulling air from outside the case towards the gpu. I'm still looking for the right 2.5" HDD to replace the larger one and free up some more space for the cooling path. I'm not interested in an SSD, I want a 2TB, 7200rpm, hybrid drive.

My MSI reference card is 10.8" long and the shroud sticks out almost 3/4".
 
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