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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


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 12.7 x 3.9 cm ; 1.5 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Item model number: R9 290X GAMING 4G
  • ASIN: B00HPS4AHE
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 15 2014
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,827 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

A graphics card is the single most important element for more FPS. As gamers, we understand that not just any graphics card "will do". That's why we bring you the best of the best. We don't want to bug you with noise and heat, but we DO want to give you more performance. With MSI GAMING series graphics cards you get just that. Most MSI Gaming graphics cards come pre-overclocked out of the factory. This simply means you get more performance out of your card, without spending any time on checking for maximum clocks and stability. Pre-overclocked graphics cards simply give more performance and you don't have to worry about damaging your card, it is completely covered by our warranty!

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Amazon.com: 14 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great card. Feb. 14 2014
By Giannis Papas - Published on Amazon.com
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Good price, great performance.
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
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Money well spent. March 8 2014
By LILIAN EUGENIA CORREA B - Published on Amazon.com
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Totally worth the money. Had a GTX760, so I got a huge performance boost. Sweet FPS and I love how quiet it is. No overheating or any issues at all, except for the well-known AMD drivers huge pointer problem, but I don't even care.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a gargantuan step ahead, above, &beyond April 11 2014
By Carole Pearce - Published on Amazon.com
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The notoriously feeble stock heatsink, presented in the "going strong since the 5870" black plastic shroud. The twin frozr if is an magnificent little devil, quite seriously providing triple split caliber cooling in a dual slot design. Allows the Hawaii GPU & her 2818 shaders to uncork, hitting 1.1 GHz speeds without breaking 80°C & leaving headroom that is rarely seen on an R9 AMD GPU.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've played around with this graphics card, the ambient ... Aug. 5 2014
By Julian Styles - Published on Amazon.com
I've played around with this graphics card, the ambient temperature in my room, and this card's potential. I had to turn the A/C off in order for this card to break temps of 80+ C. That being said, I've had a few Win 7 crashes from time-to-time, which may or not be related to this card and it's drivers. I appreciate MSI's interface and it's multi-abilities.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Price for performance is unbeatable right now! Nov. 30 2014
By John Jiao - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the top of the line graphics card available from AMD right now--for the price you're paying, it really can't be beat. Without providing concrete links, check out some reviews of this card head-to-head against the NVidia equivalent, the Titan. That card will likely set you back 800-1000 dollars for, in some cases, less performance! NVidia puts out wonderful equipment but in this case the 290x (especially this one from MSI) must objectively take the cake.

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.

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