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GELID Solutions CL-R9290-01-A R9 290 Series VRM Cooling Enhancement Kit Compatible to AMD R9 290/290X

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GELID Solutions


Enhancement Kit enables the compatibility of Rev. 2 ICY Vision for AMD R9 290 / 290X Board.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Jason S.
  • 7/7/2015 10:27:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Perfect, but Useful

Pros: Well-machined parts
Directions are pretty straight-forward

Cons: Doesn't fit properly on my Sapphire R9 290x Tri-X OC. I made some modifications and effectively got it to work-- but it doesn't fit natively on that card.
Price-- as others have said.

Other Thoughts: Glad that I bought this kit for my 290x with a Kraken G10 and AIO water cooler-- it does help decrease VRM/VRAM temps on my card; however, I did have to make some modifications to make it work since it doesn't fit right out of the box.

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  • Josiah D.
  • 6/1/2015 3:33:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Very Good product. Even with a 25% OC on my 290x my VRM temperatures stay around 70C.

Cons: NONE

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  • Mark F.
  • 5/28/2015 12:12:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood fit

Pros: Does exactly what you would expect it to and what you need it to. Works great on R9 290 cards.

VRAM temps are great and all my memory chips now have heatsinks that fit

Cons: PRICE - ridiculously expensive for what you get, which is about 30 cents worth of aluminum and double sided tape and screws. Raises total cost of ownership for your Gelid cooler to a near unacceptable level.

Other Thoughts: Non-optional purchase if you want to use the Gelid cooler on your R9 290 cards. Pretty sure that's why it costs so much, they know we'll need it and have to buy it.

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  • Alexander Z.
  • 12/1/2014 8:26:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsits whats needed

Pros: thanks Gelid for making this, without you the VRMs would be boiling water. fit perfectly on my reference 290

Cons: make sure you get VRM sinks in addition to this kit.

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  • Michael P.
  • 12/1/2014 1:55:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple and elegant

Pros: nothing much to say; it does its job and it does it well

Cons: the screws a little misaligned with the Radeon HD 7970 rigging but the thermal compound, well placed Kraken cooler and a modified screw should do the trick (works pretty well so far)

Other Thoughts: This thing is more designed for R9 - R6 series. Might pick one up one day when I don't have bills piled up to my eyeballs.

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  • Michael G.
  • 10/27/2014 4:32:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with non ref 290x

Pros: Cheap
Works great
easy to install
works with NZXT G10
Works on non reference GIGABYTE GV-R929XOC-4GD no issues

VRM Temps @ full load with G10
VRM1 56C (under the fan)
VRM2 65C (towards the front of the card

as you can see the VRM temps have gone from their 100+ without the heatsinks to a well maintained 50-60 with

Cons: VRM2 heatsink tape is a little cheap but gets the job done. may take a few mins to figure out how to apply it correctly.

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  • Steven P.
  • 8/29/2014 10:37:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHelps quite a bit, but not perfect

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install. Dropped temps to "comfortable" levels in normal gaming scenarios on my 290 with Kraken G10 @1150/1350 120mv offset.

Cons: Temps are still dangerous in artificial load scenarios. Without vrm cooling I would almost instantly hit 105C on VRM1 before hitting the panic button. Now it takes approximately 60 seconds to hit 105C. Temps still climb at 100% GPU usage in game but that is rare enough that even a split second at lower utilization keeps the temps in the 75C range.

Other Thoughts: I run a Bitfenix Raider with 200mm fans mounted front and top, and a 250mm custom cut into the side panel. Plenty of air blowing over the card. This product is a big step in the right direction and I am excited to try it with better thermal tape.

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  • Jason S.
  • 8/16/2014 7:57:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGelid VRM Cooling Kit

Pros: Very simple install. Comes with mounting screws and velcro strap if you dont want to use a more permanent mounting solution. Definitely cools the vrm's down on the r9 290 series cards. I don't remember my temps before install, but now after running Valley benchmark in an hour loop, temps are 56 and 60C respectively. Highly recommend.

Cons: Price, for 3 small hunks of aluminum plus shipping is a little pricey but they work as advertised.

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  • Michael K.
  • 8/12/2014 5:20:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeps those VRM temps much lower

Pros: It is keeping my VRM temps about 30 degrees lower than my previous heatsinks which were tiny little stick on ones. My temps would get to about 92 with the old heatsinks and with this i'm getting about 55 on VRM 1 and about 60 on VRM 2.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The package also came with one RAM heatsink that i just stuck onto the random ram module that was away from the others, i'm not sure why it was included but hey, free ram heatsink.

Using a stock R9 290x with a kraken G10 bracket and a corsair H90 CLC. Core temps are about 70 for the curious.

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  • John D.
  • 8/8/2014 11:16:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpact on a G10 with an LQ310

Pros: I put a Kraken G10 bracket with a Zalman LQ310 120mm on my VisionTek 290X, and it crushed my core temps from 95C to 55C under load almost silently. And this performance was at 1200/1600 @ +100mV and +50 Power.

But the VRM1 temps would hit 100C. This terrified me because no one wants to burn out a $500 card.

I installed the VRM1 heatsink, which fits completely perfectly and is trivial to put in place.

My VRM1 temps dropped to a max of 60C under benchmark load, which is less than the VRM2 temps, even with their new heatsink attached.

Anyone who says that this part isn't a magic bullet for VRM1 temps must have done something wrong.

Cons: Weirdly, the thermal pads for the VRM2 weren't double sided, so I don't really know how that was supposed to work.

I stuck some tiny ones I had on the VRM2 instead. Couldn't hurt.

And it came with 1 RAM heatsink, which is totally useless, obviously. VRAM doesn't overheat, let's be honest. Not a big deal. VRM's on the other hand....

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