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    Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    DISCLAIMER Danger Dragons lay ahead!! This operation requires you to remove your GPU's heatsink thereby voiding your warranty!!

    Hi everyone its your old pal Sunderian again (+Franklin Irelan) with a little how to.
    Today i will be painting my pair or TRI X R9 290's. Why?... well because i'm bored and they don't match and, well, thats all my OCD needs to get going. so without further adieu here we go!

    The first thing you need to do is remove the twelve screws surrounding the perimeter of the PCB as well as the four chrome screws in the center that actually hold the heatsink to the gpu core.

    Then carefully lift up on the corner where the fan header is found and release the connector.

    Next you want to remove the four screws at the I/O end of the card including the standoffs attached to the DVI(sorry no pic).

    Once all those are free it is time to remove the heatsink. To accomplish this you want to rock the heatsink and the PCB back and forth ever so slightly while exerting just a little upward force until they separate. Whatever you do don't rush

    Clean all the old thermal paste with a dry scratch free cloth and alcohol.

    Next we will need to separate the fans and shroud from the dissipater. First remove the six screws that hold the metal flashing and with a rolling motion lift up and remove.

    Next flip it over and remove the four screws holding the shroud to the dissipater. They are hard to see from this image but they are two close together on the right hand side and two in the middle.

    Next we need to remove the fans from the shroud. To do this you must remove the three screws under each fan

    Be careful to note the why the wires are ran as they are in a particular order, then remove the wire retainer screw.

    Now you are ready to paint. I used a purpose made plastic spray paint that worked out very well.
    the reassembly process is the disassembly process only in reverse ...umm yeh.
    so there you have it if you have any questions let me know i will help if i can. here are some images of the final results.



    Last edited by sunderian; 09-03-2014 at 02:17 PM.

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    ok your R9 290s are stunning w/ Black & Red color scheme also the Motherboard too, amazing job on the customize theme.

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    OCD, this is the Devil calling.... Umm, the RAM slots are BLUE!!!!

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    arrrr i know

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    Quote Originally Posted by sunderian View Post
    arrrr i know
    Sorry, had to do it.

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    Looks really nice. I have the same card and considered doing something similar. I just have not had the time to do it, and thankfully I don't have much of an OCD when it comes to color coordination, I just prefer red over yellow. Still, I will hopefully get around to it sometime in the near future.

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    That looks really good in red. Nicely done
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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    Thanks guys!!

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    Looks GREAT. I watercooled my pair of TriXs
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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    That looks good. Nice job.

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    looks way better with the red nice job

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    I like the colors looks fresh

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Removing the heatsink and painting your TRI X R9 290

    They should have been shipped this way.

    Can't wait till my warranty expires.

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