The Radeon R9 290 series of graphics cards are regarded by many as the best graphics cards available today. However, when these cards are placed under demanding conditions – such as extended game play – the card’s temperature can climb to 201°F. Even with the best fan cooling design and the latest AMD Catalyst driver that provides a 100% fan speed operation, the card’s built-in thermal safety feature can downclock the GPU from the factory 947MHz speed to as low as 662MHz. Combined with this performance reduction of 30%, we’ve measured the increase in fan noise at 70dB… a sound level considered louder than a normal conversation.
We set out to create a solution that helps you keep your cool while playing your fastest. Thus was born the CryoVenom R9 290 liquid cooled graphics card. By utilizing a custom engineered full cover waterblock featuring a narrow microchannel fin and low pressure drop design, the CryoVenom R9 290 can run up to 38% cooler (125°F) while being overclocked up to 24% (1.1GHz). While making the best even better, the CryoVenom R9 290 registers under 10dB of noise – the sound of a pin drop.1
|Cost||GPU Speed||Memory Clock Speed||Operating Noise Level||In Game Temp Peak|
|VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290||$550||Up to 1175MHz||Up to 1450MHz||>10dB||125°F|
|Stock Radeon R9 290X||Up to $700||Up to 1000MHz||Up to 1250MHz||70dB||201°F|
Not content to just increase its stock R9 290 card performance, our ultimate goal was to create the industry’s fastest single GPU graphics card and bring it to market at a lower price than the competition’s fastest comparable card.2 In the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme setting testing, the $550 MSRP CryoVenom R9 290 scored 9330 while the $700 street price NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 780 Ti recorded an 8816 score.
|Visiontek CryoVenom R9 290||Stock VisionTek R9 290X||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti|
To assure stable overclocked performance, we utilize the FurMark GPU stress test to put a 100% load on each CryoVenom R9 290’s GPU for an extended time period to determine the optimum overclock setting with a 5% safe "headroom" should you wish to experiment with settings on your own. This severe operational test is like test driving a car at top speed on an infinitely long straight road. No more guesswork, miscellaneous artifacts, pixilation, and even worse, a crash and restart. Just pure confirmed gaming performance superiority!
Those unique, certified overclock specifications are entered onto an included build sheet that is personally signed by the VisionTek’s "Custom Shop" team member that built and tested your CryoVenom R9 290 card. Each card is then extensively pressure tested to ensure leak-free cooling reliability.
Obtaining maximum performance from the CryoVenom R9 290 couldn’t be easier. You just enter the specifications from the included build sheet in the Catalyst™ Control Center and in less than a minute, the CryoVenom R9 290 can safely deliver up to 1175MHz GPU speed… a 24% increase from the stock setting of 947MHz. The memory clock speed is also increased to 1450MHz… 16% faster than the 1250MHz stock setting. And unlike standard cards in which overclocking voids the warranty, the CryoVenom R9 290 comes backed by a one year warranty.
|Stock Speed||CryoVenom R9 290 Speed||Increase Over Stock 290||Increase Over Stock 290X|
The VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 features a custom engineered full cover waterblock solution from EKWB, the leaders in PC liquid cooling technology. A narrow microchannel fin and low pressure drop design provide maximum cooling performance for the GPU, RAM, and Voltage Regulation Module (VRM) even when low power water pumps are utilized.
Great design also means great aesthetics. The block’s electrolytic copper base is clad with a chrome appearance-like nickel plating to prevent corrosion while the precision cut acrylic top provides effective and quiet fluid flow. The CNC machined black anodized aluminum backplate protects the card’s sensitive circuit board components during installation handling while also providing additional passive cooling for the VRM.
Even if you’re a hands-on system builder, the certified ready-to-run3 and performance optimized VisionTek CryoVenom 290 can save you over $100, time, and stress compared to creating your own liquid cooled solution for a R9 290 graphics card.
|Assembly, Pressure Test & Overclocking Verification||Warranty||Total Cost||Hassle Factor|
|Certified VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290||None Required||One Year||$550||Low|
|Do-It-Yourself Route||3 Hours||None||$651||High|
Each VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 is hand built by a member of our Custom Shop team. During this process, the card is thoroughly tested and benchmarked. Because of this painstaking attention to detail and commitment to your satisfaction, each CryoVenom R9 290 order will ship approximately 5-8 business days after the order is received. Trust us, when you experience this level of performance, you'll agree it was worth the wait!
110dB represents sound level of liquid cooling operation of the CryoVenom R9 290 card only. Additional components required for liquid cooling system such as radiator cooling fan can add additional noise level depending on part selected. 2CryoVenom R9 290 compared to the EVGA® NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti model 03G-P4-2881-KR with both cards set at 1920 x 1200 resolution in benchmarking system consisting of an Asus Z87-Pro motherboard, Intel i5-4570 3.2GHz cpu, 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz ram, Windows 7 64 bit OS, and an VisionTek 120GB GoDrive SSD. 3To complete the CryoVenom R9 290’s liquid cooling system, a reservoir tank, pump, radiator fan, coolant, and coolant tubing must be purchased separately.
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