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VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Review

Posted April 22, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Cooling


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Release Date: Now
Price at time of Review: $600


Top Quality Block, Pre tested, Ease of install.


Warranty, lack of Block color choice.
There are some advantages to picking up the VisionTek CryoVenom if your a water cooling enthusiast and looking for a performance GPU. If you can handle the shortened warranty, the CryoVenom 290 is a great piece of hardware.
by Sandy Bruce
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It has been several months since AMD shook up the GPU market a bit with its R9 series of GPUs. Now that the dust has settled there has been time for AMD partners to design better cooling solutions for the Hawaii based GPUs at the top end of the R9 lineup. When the 290 and 290x first released there was a firestorm of complaints surrounding the massive amounts of heat generated and the lack of significant cooling solutions. Basically the reference design cooler was a major flop that actually caused performance loses. The 290 and 290x GPUs were known to throttle down to lower core speeds to stay within the thermal envelope. In some cases, this resulted in a 290 outperforming a 290x in benches or other counter intuitive results… OUCH!

AMD partners proved to be up to the challenge though, releasing GPUs with their custom cooling solutions that offered better heat dissipation without adding to the noise penalty suffered by the reference cooler. This is all fine and dandy, but where does any of this leave the hardcore water cooling enthusiast? It leaves many researching to see which GPU from each manufacturer is and is not compatible with certain water blocks and adding additional cost to an already costly product. One of those OEMs, VisionTek, wanted to lend a hand in this process by taking away all guess work, and even the installation. They are now offering a GPU which comes ready to be incorporated into a custom waco system out of the box. I am happy to introduce the CryoVenom R9 290 LiquidCooled series GPU.

Can this new water-cooling focused product from VisionTek hold its own in this segment of the market? Read on to find out!

stock cryovenom



Currently, VisionTek is focused on expansion of new products to diversify, compliment, and balance our core AMD product lines. VisionTek continues to offer state-of-the-art, graphics cards, memory, solid state drives, power supplies, candyboards, gaming network cards, TV tuners, and more to the computing industry, with branded products still found at major retailers, distributors, PC system builders, and e-commerce sites across North America.


  • Graphics Engine: RADEON R9 290
  • Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 512-bit
  • DirectX® Support: 11.2
  • Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
  • GPU Core Speed: Up to 1175MHz (stock is 947MHz)
  • Memory Speed: Up to 1450MHz (stock is 1250MHz)
  • DVI Output: 2 x Dual Link DVI
  • HDMI Output: 1 x HDMI (video/audio)
  • DisplayPort Output: 1 x DisplayPort

We are not going to spend any time repeating all of the info discussed over the last few months regarding Hawaii and what makes it tick. There is really no need to rehash it again. Instead we will be providing some quick comparisons showing the CryoVenom R9 290 vs a reference clocked R9 290 with a XSPC Razor water block. So let’s get the CryoVenom un-boxed and installed!




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