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VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290 Review

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Posted April 22, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Cooling

Overview

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

WHAT WE LIKED:

Top Quality Block, Pre tested, Ease of install.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Warranty, lack of Block color choice.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
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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Packaging

VisionTek kept the packaging fairly simple for the CryoVenom by making it mostly a black box with a custom biohazard symbol. It is simple yet effective. The rear side of the box shows the CyroVenom and highlights a few of the features of the PCB and block.

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The inner box lacks flare, writing and everything else. It is just a plain brown box. I would have liked to see VisionTek carry on the theme created outside by having a glossy black inner box. It’s nothing major or anything that will be held against them but it would have fed the notion that you are opening a forbidden container and the contents are dangerous.

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Once inside you will be greeted with an envelope marked as “Classified Information Enclosed”, only to be seen by the owner of the CryoVenom . Well I am going to break that rule and show you anyway. This envelope contains the manual, product registration and driver disc. The really important items that are included are a 15% off coupon from EKWB and the VisionTek checklist/registration form. This checklist shows that an actual person vacuum tested the GPU block after it was installed, stress tested the GPU to make sure the block was fitted correctly and overclocked it until it reached instability. The maximum suggested overclocking numbers are included on the checklist for you to input when the GPU has been installed. VisionTek really went above and beyond to make sure you receive a quality product.

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Underneath the inner section of this box you will find two Molex to PCI-e cables and some accessories for the water block.

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It’s now time to free the CryoVenom from the confines of bubble wrap and ESD bags! I don’t know about you, but I love water cooling gear and the fact that VisionTek teamed up with EKWB makes this an even sweeter experience. EKWB has been a leader in custom water cooling for the last few years by offering full cover blocks for all of the top GPUs, uniquely styled CPU blocks and some of the better radiators you can buy.

 

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