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Used for gaming, litecoin mining, 3D rendering, programming and CAD (mechanical/electrical)

Windows 8 and the Killer NIC on the motherboard have a compatibility problem which causes the network monitor to continuously eat up non-paged memory in a 1:1 ratio of all traffic across the NIC. This eventually caused the system to run out of memory. Disabling the network monitor service is a usable workaround with no notable impact to the system stability or performance.

Stock cooler on the R9 290 is awful as anyone would tell you. The Xtreme III worked well in keeping core temps down, VRMs idle around 35 degC and will peak to ~84 degC running stuff like Furmark/litecoin mining but usually mid-70s for gaming. The Xtreme III doesn't have enough heatsinks for the RAM chips so I took four of the long and narrow heatsinks and placed them across four chips - each heatsink spanned across two chips covering half of their width. I also had to cut one of the heatsinks for the RAM chip closest to the PCI-E socket connector using a Dremel in order to make it fit. GPU core is using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and VRM/RAM chips all use t-Global LI98CN thermal tape to interface with the heatsinks allowing for rework.

Thermal tape can be acquired here http://www.digikey.ca/product-search/en?WT.z_header=search_go&lang=en&site=ca&keywords=1168-1951-ND&x=0&y=0&formaction=on

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What did a 290 get you in terms of refresh rate with your monitor at 1440p? I'm curious because I'm getting like the same combo.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've managed to overclock the monitor to 96Hz and 110Hz. At 120Hz I get plenty of corruption.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Aftermarket cooler on a 290 powering a 1440p monitor...I am jealous.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

5400rpm tho

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Used for media. Eventually I'll be putting them into a NAS. Games/apps go on the Caviar Black and 840 EVO.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised that no one on this site has gotten the NZXT G10 yet (especially with those 290/290Xs). Got mine on order c/w Kraken X40.

Nice build BTW.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

down vote like most did for lack of pics