It's starting to get a little bit easier to find AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards in stock, but before you pounce on one, you may want to hold off and see what XFX is cooking up. The enthusiast brand is supposedly working on a custom cooled Radeon R9 290X that's both quieter and much chillier than AMD's reference design, the latter of which means there's less chance of the card throttling down its clockspeed.
The folks at news and rumor site Fudzilla claim that one of these cards is currently being shipped to its office, with XFX telling the site that its card is "considerably quieter" than the stock cooling solution.
"According to XFX the new cooler is very powerful as it manages to keep the GPU temperature under 85 degrees Celsius," Fudzilla says. "The AMD reference cooler is not as good and the reference card can hit 95 degrees with relative ease."
XFX took some dark and blurry photos of the card, but there are some specs to share. The cooler features 7 heat pipes, a copper base that makes direct contact to the GPU, dual double dissipation 90mm fans, and more. It's supposed to run just 32dB versus 57dB put out by the reference cooler; its idle noise level is just 15dB to 20dB.