• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

XFX Radeon R9 290 Double Dissipation too loud!

Oct 21, 2005
4,289 (0.93/day)
System Name Small ATX Desktop
Processor Intel i5 8600K
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE + Prolimatech MK-13 / Thermalright TY143 / Corsair SP-120L / Yate Loon D14BH-12
Memory G-Skill TridentZ 2X8GB DDR4 3200 CL14 F4-3200C14D-16GTZ
Video Card(s) PNY Geforce GTX 770 XLR8 OC 2GB
Storage Seagate 600 240GB SSD + 2xWD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Data
Display(s) Asus PB258Q 2560x1440 + Asus VH242H 1920x1080
Case Lian Li PC A05NB (Inverted Mobo)
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2A Mouse, Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse, Corsair MM600, Inateck 900x300 mouse mat
Keyboard Filco Majestouch II Ninja TKL, Goldtouch GTC 0033 Ten Key
Software Win7 Pro 64 (Installed on Coffee Lake using PS/2 Emulation mode)
XFX Coolers suck, the one on my 7950 DD runs too hot
I repasted my 7850 and temperatures were reduced 10-15*C across the board. Try this, it helps a lot. You can do it without voiding warranty by contacting their tech support first. I said "I'd like to redo the thermal paste to reduce my temperatures. Is this okay? I don't want to void warranty".


Vanguard Beta Tester
Jan 11, 2008
9,718 (2.56/day)
System Name Vanguard (RTG) Test Rig
Processor I7-7700K 4.8/5.2 24/7 depending on conditions.
Motherboard Asus Z270 Maximus IX Code
Cooling Custom water 240MM OCool 45mm plus 240 EK Radiator cooler
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED Red 4x8GB 32GB 3200MHz kit C-14
Video Card(s) 2 x Reference MSI RX Vega 56
Storage 960 Pro M.2 nvme 250GB, Samsumg 860 Evo 1TB / WD 1TB blue storage drive for my gal ^I^
Display(s) Nexius 32" freesync 2 HDR2 1440P
Case Corsair Obsidion 650D
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply EVGA Supernova G2 1300W
Mouse Mionix Naos 7000
Keyboard G15
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Yeah lets talk about that shall we!
Which card is that and what were the room temps? Also, at 53% fan speed, was it audible?
20-21c and its in my system spec. Note thats using one card at testing and audible, hardly at all.
Jan 18, 2012
751 (0.32/day)
System Name My PC
Processor i7 4790k @4.4ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte z97m-d3h
Cooling Corsair H105
Memory 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133-9-11-11-31-1T
Video Card(s) GTX970 Stric oc
Storage Samsung 840Pro 512GB
Display(s) Asus ROG SWIFT
Case Lian Li 359
Audio Device(s) Denon DA-300USB / Denon AH-D5000
Power Supply Corsair AX860
Mouse Roccat Kone Pure Optical
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software Win10 64-bit home
I had the 7970 XFX DD from the first week the 7970 released, was always relatively silent (up to 50% fan) and cool (core below 60c and VRM's being below 75c in worst stress tests) but there were many reviews saying the card was running hot and loud (some French site was saying VRM's were above 100c). So I guess they have issues with sitting the cooler properly on all their cards. Personally I even removed the cooler and place IC Diamond paste on the core an new pads on the ram modules and vrm's and the temps were about same but fan speed was then 45% max after that TIM change (even lower than before). OFC 50% and 45% is nowhere near inaudible, but its perfectly "silent" for a full power test with OC'ed card at 1100mhz+).

But yeah, issues with XFX DD cooler are pretty frequent it seems, but I'm sure if you resit the cooler and replace TIM on the chip it will get much much much better (just make sure you don't break the thermal pads so u can reuse them.)

EDIT: my flatmate uses my card now, its still silent.
Mar 26, 2010
7,695 (2.58/day)
Jakarta, Indonesia
System Name micropage7
Processor Intel G4400
Motherboard MSI B150M Bazooka D3
Cooling Stock ( Lapped )
Memory 16 Gb Team Xtreem DDR3
Video Card(s) Nvidia GTX460
Storage Seagate 1 TB, 5oo Gb and SSD A-Data 128 Gb
Display(s) LG 19 inch LCD Wide Screen
Case HP dx6120 MT
Audio Device(s) Stock
Power Supply Be Quiet 600 Watt
Software Windows 7 64-bit
Benchmark Scores Classified
beside that have you checked your fans? the blades or the axis
repaste is good idea, just re check the contact area, you may have poor heatsink contact area so the heat cant be transfered perfectly and raising your card temperature
Apr 11, 2009
921 (0.28/day)
London, UK
Processor AMD FX 8350 Black Edition @ 4.2Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4.0
Cooling Corsair H100i
Memory Samsung Green 16GB 30nm 1600Mhz DDR3
Video Card(s) XFX HD 7950 DD 3GB @ 850/5000Mhz
Storage 240GB Intel 520 SSD + 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" QHD
Case Fractal Design R5 Black
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 760W
Mouse Corsair Raptor M40
Keyboard Corsair Raptor K50
Software Windows 10 Pro
I repasted my 7850 and temperatures were reduced 10-15*C across the board. Try this, it helps a lot. You can do it without voiding warranty by contacting their tech support first. I said "I'd like to redo the thermal paste to reduce my temperatures. Is this okay? I don't want to void warranty".
Yeah i did the same thing but my MX4 paste is quite old now it might not be working as effectively. ill be ordering more soon and re-applying the paste

currently i get around 90c in games with a very mild overclock


TPU addict
Jun 23, 2007
15,564 (3.90/day)
Processor 2500k \ 3770k
Motherboard ASRock Z68 \ Z77
Memory Samsung low profile 1600
Video Card(s) XFX 6770 \ XFX R9 390X
Storage Intel 80Gb (SATA2) WD 250Gb \ Team SSD+Samsung Evo 250Gb+500Gb+ 2xCorsair Force+WD250GbHDD
Display(s) Samsung 1080P \ Toshiba HDTV 1080P
Case HTPC400 \ Thermaltake Armor case ( original ), With Zalman fan controller ( wattage usage ).
Audio Device(s) Yamaha RX-V475 \ Yamaha CX-830\Yamaha MX630 Tannoy Mercury MKII Paradigm 5SE + Tannoy Mercury F4
Power Supply PC&Power 750w \ Seasonic 750w MKII
Mouse MS intelimouse \ Logitech G700s + Steelseries Sensei wireless
Keyboard Logitech K120 \ ROCCAT MK Pro ( modded amber leds )
Benchmark Scores Meh benchmarks.
Well after some more testing the vrm 1 is in it's normal area near were the PCI-E connect i tried i with a 120x mm fan running one or the other ends of the card between the cpu cooler and the car. All so noticed a 7c drop in VRM temps as well when using a fan..

And this was with a max speed 1500rpm fan and just had to make sure the fan was pushing air at the card for safety reasons as you don't want to take of any thing off on the back of the v card :p.