- Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 12.7 x 3.9 cm ; 1 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
- Item model number: R9 290X GAMING 4G
- ASIN: B00HPS4AHE
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 15 2014
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,195 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
MSI Computer Corp. AMD Radeon R9 290X Gaming OC 4GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R9 290X GAMING 4G
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- Engine Clock: 1040 MHz (OC Mode); 1030 MHz (Gaming Mode); 1000 MHz (Silent Mode)
- Video Memory: 4GB GDDR5
- Memory Interface: 512-bit
- Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
- Connectors: 2x DVI-D Dual Link, HDMI, DisplayPort
- Video Interface:PCI Express 3.0 x 16
- Graphics Controller:AMD Radeon R9 290X
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Let me just say that i owned a Sapphire Radeon R9 290X before i bought this one. The Reference cooled Radeon R9 290X raised its temperature to 95 degrees celcius and that forced the card to throttle and drop in performance by quite a bit sometimes. Core clock which was supposed to be 1Ghz, often dropped as low as 870Mhz due to the temperatures rising to 95 degrees.
Now this custom cooled MSI R9 290X is overclocked to 1030 or 1040 if you want the uber setting, its working constantly on that core clock without even trying and the temperature does never go over 74 degrees celcius. Huge difference in both performance and temps. Great choice
So far I have been playing the Witcher 3 and am very happy at how smooth it plays. Albeit only at meduim settings. I think if you want to play it at ultra setting you would need a crossfire setup. But Witcher 3 at medium is like any other game at Ultra, it's just a beautiful game!
There was one thing that I almost took off a star for and that was the HDMI out. It does not work too well because every once in a while it would lose signal for a second or two. I tried different HDMI cables as well just to see if it was a cable problem but it was not. So I'm using the display port and DVI connections for my two monitors.
But all things considered I like the card a lot. Pretty quiet in idle and not too loud when gaming. And hasn't gone above 72 C in my case while gaming. And no BSOD's at all. Very stable. With the latest AMD Drivers.
Update 6/21/15: I put the Witcher 3 textures on Ultra and left everything else on medium and it does play pretty smoothly. Just FYI.
There are a couple things to consider when getting this card however. First, the card is base-clocked to 940MHz but you should be able to eke out 1000MHz (or 1GHz) by increasing the power consumption somewhere around 20-40%. The exact amount varies by individual card. Personally, I slowly clocked mine to 1.1GHz at a 50% power increase, but some people have reported absurdly high clocks around 1.2-1.4GHz, which are probably worth taking with a grain of salt.
Performance-wise, the difference from my previous MSI Twin Frozr III R6970 (a "flagship" card a few years ago) was striking. The extra VRAM on this card really benefits for newer games. Two of the most recent games I tested out, Dragon Age Inquisition and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, both were able to push to Ultra over my previous High (with some Medium). I would recommend turning Shadows down from Ultra because it's a huge performance hit over just a marginal increase.
Ultimately you can't go wrong with this card. It's fairly compact, certainly more so than my previous R6970, and it runs quite cool. It's also among those cards that now no longer require a Crossfire bridge in order to participate in crossfire. You could almost buy three of these to triple-Crossfire for the price of a single new Titan! I definitely plan on buying a second of these cards to Crossfire with once I've put it through some more testing.
The latest (as of 12/15/2104) Catalyst Omega drivers really improved this card quite a bit. The temp does go higher during stress testing but I think that's just because of the bad airflow in my case.
I am planning on buying another to crossfire in the future