I just bought new Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X which is supposed to be the best cooled 290 out there (excluding all the exotic aftermarket coolers/waterblocks).
But temps and noise I am experiencing are still a bit high for my taste - above 80°C and round 55% fan speed which is just enough to start anoying me.
I will try to improve my airflow a bit by adding second 140mm intake fan (I have Corsair Carbire 330R with stock fans so far).
And I also wonder how good is stock thermal paste Sapphire uses on this particular card because I heard their TIM is usualy too thick and crap.
Does anyone have practical experience with this particular card`s / Sapphire`s TIM?
Is it worth changing? If so, what to replace it with?
Is trying liquid metal worth the risk on GPU?
I am looking forward to your advices.
Last edited by dodozoid
on Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
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