Upgraded GPU to R9 M290x

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  1. MZWiZard

    MZWiZard Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all.

    I just upgraded from HD6990m to R9 M290x. I had to edit the bios on it because of too much throttling. I settled on 850/1250 at 0.95v. Question is, do you think it performs well enough? I have a benchmark of Far Cry Primal for you to see:



    Please comment if theres anything I can do to improve it. I have 240W psu, set the i7 at 27-24-22-20 and a maximum of 44W and 40A.
     
  2. Azshalasa

    Azshalasa Notebook Consultant

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    i dont know if its performs well enough but looks pretty fine! What about ur temps ? its playable for long times ? And what you're using to keep ur 920xM runing fine with this settings? Thanks for sharing your performance! Did you alredy tryed Fallout 4 ? if yes do you mind to share ur results with me ? How much did you payd for this GPU ?
     
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    MZWiZard Notebook Consultant

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    Hello Azshalasa.

    Temp goes to max 80 deg.C, long time playable, yes. Regarding the 920xm, im using throttlestop and running stock cooling with the back raised a bit. I dont have Fallout 4, so sorry, cannot test it.

    This is the guy and gpu i bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/231564666271

    It came with UEFI bios, but posted just fine. Standard speed is 950/1250 at 1.1v
     
  4. kosti

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    Does native fan control work or are you using something like HWinfo to control the fans?
     
  5. MZWiZard

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    Glad you asked - I should have stated that I need HWinfo64 to control fan speeds.
     
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    Well R9 M290x is second time rebranded 7970M so you could upgrade to 7970M and effect would be identical but with native fan control working.
     
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    Yeah, it's basically an overclocked 7970M and is just a direct rebrand of the 8970M. I had a 7970M that died on me. The 290 is still a good card and was considering one until I heard that fan control didn't work. I was hoping something has changed but looks like it still needs HWinfo.
     
  8. MZWiZard

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    Well, as long as its possible, I dont mind. I was used to run HWInfo for years with my old 6990m :p
     
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    The only R9 M290X that works with native fan control is the MSI 2GB R9 M290X (as tested by SVL7). The Clevo and Dell R9 M290X do not support native fan control. At this point, with R9 m290x costing between 200-250usd and the 970M costing 300-350 USD, it is well worth it to save up and just get the 6GB Clevo 970M. It runs cool and absolutely annhilates the 7970M/R9 M290X, uses less power, and has native fan control. Probably the final upgrade for the M15x that will not require extensive modification to work. Just plug in and go.
     
  10. MZWiZard

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    Thats fine, but where do you find it at that price? I paid 197USD for the M290x and the cheapest 970m I could find was about 500USD, unless it was some untrustworthy seller. I'll happily pay 350USD for a 970m - if one could be found ;)
     
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