MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

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MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

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Demonstrating how strong the MSI Gaming brand has become, we could have guessed what the R9 290 looked like before we saw it. The matte box with the red flashes and Dragon logo looks great, and the Twin Frozr is one of our favourite coolers.

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The backplate is well designed with a few cut-outs for solder spots and the MSI logo proudly in place, and facing the right direction.

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There is a high fin density to keep the Hawaii GPU cool.

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Power is provided by the 8+6 combination that's common to high-end graphics cards, and the outputs are a DisplayPort, an HDMI and two DVIs.

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Most Recent Comments

15-02-2014, 07:35:57

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

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

15-02-2014, 07:39:12

MSi have really upped their game with the Twin Frozr coolers.

My old MSi GTX 560 with the Twin Frozr II cooler, while being fine when it's idle sounds like an aeroplane while gaming.Quote

15-02-2014, 08:14:38

Nice to see the overclock. Was just playing super safe with a 1047.Quote

15-02-2014, 12:15:02

That's one sexy card! AMD is back in the high-end competition Quote

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