MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

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MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

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The first of our gaming benchmarks continues the trends we've seen from 3D Mark, with the stock MSI R9 290 Gaming finding itself amongst the stock GTX780s and 290s, and the extra performance moving it a long way up the table, albeit not quite at the heights of the 290X.

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review  

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15-02-2014, 07:00:15

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...153311694l.jpg

The big problem with the R9 290 was the heat, so does the MSI Twin Frozr unleash the beast?


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15-02-2014, 07:35:57

Excalabur50
Another quality review and what an amazing card for the price and to see the numbers jump with Mantle....just wow, going to be interesting to see how much further Mantle goes as the technology maturesQuote

15-02-2014, 07:36:15

WYP
Good review as always Tom.

mantle gave a good increase in performance there, especially given the CPU your using.
Only time will tell how much mantle will benefit gamers, lets hope Thief comes to market with full support for ALL GCN GPUs and works in Crossfire unlike BF4 at present.

One thing i will add here, the PCB on this MSI card is reference,so it is watercooling capable (checked by EK here), but also contains some of higher quality components compared to the reference card (MSI military class) and likely could be a higher binned chip.

Definitely worth considering for those water cooling or planning to watercool a 290, especially those who can't watercool immediately considering the stock card's noise levels and throttling. It also has a good looking backplate at stockQuote
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