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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
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CL-R9290-01-A

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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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  • Steve 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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  • Robert M.
  • 8/3/2014 2:51:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPhenomenal VRM1 Cooling

Pros: Cost Effective
Great VRM1/VRM2 cooling for 290(X)
Very Good Performance out of the box.
Even better performance with a thermal pad upgrade; Fujipoly Ultra Extreme.
Compatible with Gelidy Icy Vision 2
Compatible with NZXT Kraken G10. The 2 items work together as if they were designed together!

Cons: Could include better thermal pad.

Other Thoughts: I have been using this kit for the last 3 months. I ordered it from China before anyone in the US had them available for purchase.

If you are displeased with the cooling/noise performance of your 290(X) then using this kit and some other items can give you phenomenal results.

**You must have reference 290(X) VRM1 layout!**

At the minimum you will need:
NZXT Kraken G10
Corsair H50 (Or Compatible AIO Cooler)
Gelid 290 VRM kit

With these 3 items I reduced the temperatures on my reference PowerColor R9 290 OC by:
Core - 41C
VRM1 - 9C
VRM2 - 22C

See here for detailed results:
h t t p://w w w.overclock.net/t/1478544/the-build-formerly-known-as-the-devil-inside-a-gaming-htpc-for-my-wife-4770k-corsair-250d-powercolor-r9-290/20_20#post_22214255

The card as a whole runs much cooler, and is now silent all the time.

If you want to go the extra mile and get even better performance from my aforementioned combination you can get:

Zalman SF2 Shark Fin 92mm fan - Upgrade Kraken Fan
Fujipoly Ultra Extreme Thermal Pad - Upgrade VRM1 kit pad 100mmx15mmx1mm
Junpus T180 Thermal Tape - Upgrade VRM2 thermal tape

With these changes I have the following temperatures, at stock settings, after a 1 hour loop of FFXIV Benchmark:
62C - GPU Core Max
49C - VRM1 Max
55C - VRM2 Max

These results were attained inside the tiny Corsair 250D, which has no airflow to the GPU. If you have a better case with airfow, then odds are your results will be better.

More details to be found here:
h t t p:// w w w.overclock.net/t/1468593/r9-290-x-thermal-pad-upgrade-vrm-temperatures/80_20#post_22599798

You may also want to add some heatsinks to the RAM. My suggestion for cheap and functional sinks is the 3M 8810 kits, you would need to buy 2 of them. Other heatsinks will work for RAM, just make sure they are 7mm or shorter in height. I would not suggest using thermal epoxy for RAM sinks, good thermal tape is more than enough since the RAM doesn't generate that much heat.

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  • Tony D.
  • 8/3/2014 11:10:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCould be better...

Pros: Significantly better than nothing. You cannot OC a R9 290 using just water cooling and the Kraken G10.
Sizing great, fairly easy to install
Fits under the G10.

Cons: VRM1 still gets up to 100 at 1075MHz after 5 minutes of Furmark. Most likely the smaller vrm heatsink is a bit too small. I have a fan blowing near it, but it's too far away. The sticky pads are terrible, but I had some AS Alumina.

Other Thoughts: There's no reason to buy these unless you're removing the stock cooling (duh). If you don't want to do some crazy custom modding and use a G10 without destroying your VRMs, these are more or less your only choice, although I'd have to suggest a bigger heatsink on the small cluster of VRMs (vrm1?)

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  • Sophan S.
  • 7/25/2014 2:44:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVrms stay nice and cool

Pros: keeps vrms cool

Cons: the t shaped heatsink is kind of a pain to stick if you didn't clean it properly.

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