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GIGABYTE GV-R929OC-4GD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 2560 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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The Radeon R9 290, AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces the support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies are included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

  • newegg NEW WINDFORCE 3X 2 SLOT 450W cooling system Keeping the same 450W cooling capacity using only two slots, the New WINDFORCE 3X 450W cooling system is equipped with two 8mm and four 6mm cooper heat pipes, inclined fans, and GIGABYTE “Triangle Cool” technology. This not only provides an effective heat dissipation capacity, but also enables higher performance due to a lower temperature.
  • newegg Built for CrossFire The card features next generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards with no interconnect bridge required.
  • newegg Mantle There’s optimization, and then there’s Mantle. Games enabled with Mantle speak the language of GCN architecture to unlock revolutionary performance and image quality. (Application support is required.)
  • newegg See More, Win More! The card is capable to turn your computer into a super gaming machine. Enjoy the latest 3D games with stunning graphics and effects that your enemies cannot match! Get an immersive experience with AMD Eyefinity! Expand your game across up to four displays, while your opponents have one monitor. Along with all-new support for stereo 3D, universal bezel compensation, and brand-new display configurations, take unfair advantage over your opponent and win more with surround sight.
  • newegg More Graphics, Less Power! The new architecture of the card gets more usable processing power for your money, enabling better frame rates in the latest games at high resolutions. In addition, with AMD ZeroCore Power and AMD PowerTune technologies, you can optimize the balance between performance and power consumption of your system by adjusting the engine clock during the run time of the card. Manage the power and keep your wallet loaded!
  • newegg AMD App Acceleration Improve performance of everyday tasks such as Web browsing, office applications, and video rendering.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Thomas b.
  • 1/10/2015 1:09:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat card

Pros: I push the card over max output 1800mzh with my video card watercooler built at 40 cc with out lock up . this is my first water cooler built for video my personal , not only cooling video card also cool my amd six 3500 which is over clock at 4800 MHz with no problems

Cons: the only thing didn't like is the software came with it so I change it out with personal video software.

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  • Alexi L.
  • 1/9/2015 7:27:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGigabyte R9 290 not working for me

Pros: -None yet as I could not really try it at all
-Looks good at least and seems to have a firm quality built

Cons: -Got a couple of crash under load at first but it deteriorated to displaying nothing on the screen on boot up

Other Thoughts: I truly hate to give one egg reviews but that is just unacceptable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 118006 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Deepankar C.
  • 1/1/2015 1:19:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsIts a nightmare.

Pros: When it works, it fly's.

Cons: But it doesn't work for long.Black screen issues and just random stuttering. Spent a month trouble shooting before and checking my rig to make sure its the card at fault.

Other Thoughts: Be very cautious before buying this card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 117721 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/26/2014 8:14:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: I got this for Christmas and I am very pleased I'm able to run Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, The Evil Within, Battlefield 4, and saint's row 4 on max with great frame rate. Stays very cool despite what other reviewers have stated but then again I do use a CM HAF XB Evo and 2 120mm fans pulling air in with a 200mm and w 120mm exhaust. The 3 free games were a plus and I also got Civilization: Beyond Earth I'm very please with this may get another one for crossfire

Cons: maybe a con if you have a vertical case REALLY heavy which is understandable since it's got a full metal fan shroud. length but not really a con but bigger than I expected

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  • Jean-Philippe C.
  • 12/14/2014 6:43:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood results

Pros: -Good performance
-Seems to keep quiet and low enough temp when given enough air (most of the time)

Cons: -Despite all the good tech specs all these "It broke after a few days" is kind of scary
-Makes a roar when at full cooling
-Lack of dedicated crossfire external bridge makes card highly reliant on how good of a motherboard setup you have

Other Thoughts: Turns out having two of these really does allow you to crank up video settings on a 3x1080 setup. Quite happy with the results!

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  • James S.
  • 11/18/2014 9:19:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDont buy this card

Pros: i don't know, i didn't get to play any video games or do any kinds of tests. it looks kinda cool i suppose.

Cons: The first card i purchased didn't work, it was rev. 1.0. So i had to RMA it. The replacement card i got was also rev. 1.0 and i suspect that is was used, also not working. nice

Other Thoughts: the newegg customer service was really nice and helpful in replacing the card and ultimately refunding my money. It's really not there fault that the card doesn't work. I'm happy with my RMA experience but not the product. I will be shopping at newegg again in the future.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 116138 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Christian S.
  • 11/16/2014 4:10:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood.

Pros: It's a 290.
It's AMD.
It's Radeon.
it is literally the same speed as any other 290.
it has a nice warranty.
it's gigabyte, RELIABLE.

Cons: It's idle temps, it even warmer than my current stock cooler 290X.
this card idles @ 64C, BUT!
it has never went about 77C, even at a stress test after 1 hour of almost 100% use. so it sacrifices Idle temps, but is stable. which is a good thing, but not if you are not using it to it's full potential.
the fans, and fan mount @ 100% actually make the card vibrate. the plastic Support braces are flimsy, and the actual fan/fins, are very brittle.
i have seen gigabyte do this with AMD for 2 years now, and would like to see Gigabyte put effort into some of their AMD engineering.
Gigabyte has never went with anything truly stunning. this card is exactly what you would expect from a triple fan designed Inferno chip.
I hope someone from GB see's this because i truly love your company. but this fan and thermal design has been the same for years with AMD, how about that windforce fans you have on Nvidia has on there new gpu's?

Other Thoughts: gigabyte has a great RMA service despite some thinking otherwise, my experience has always been swift with them.

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  • Eugene F.
  • 11/13/2014 7:35:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good-get the Tri-X if possible

Pros: -Runs fast (Hawaii+4GB)
-Excellent Performance/Price
-Cooler significantly better than stock R9 290
-Overclocks decently

Cons: -Power Consumption (Especially when OC'ed)
-Cooler is good; NOT 450 WATTS
-Elpida Memory
-Sapphire Tri-X OC is arguably the better GPU, especially when at same price point.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card in June 2014 (Just after the Bitcoin Rush of mid '14) for $379.99. Now that prices had dropped significantly to ~$280, this card easily destroys any other cards at the price point (GTX 770). However, when put against other R9 290s, this card is not at the top.

Although this card is currently under-water, I did spend some time with the stock cooler. The card runs at 1040mhz core and 1250mhz memory clocks, with elpida memory. Apparently, there are some significant differences between Hynix and Elpida VRAM, it is mainly a luck of the draw. Anyhow, without any external cooling, the card is honestly an under performing overclocker. It can be quite difficult to get over 1100mhz core clock without experiencing temperatures above 88C. Even worse, the VRMs run rather hot. Although the VRMs are supposedly rated to 120C, I did feel nervous seeing them spike to over 100C.

After adding 2 delta fans directly under the GPU [Glued to PSU], there was a significant decrease in temperatures.(~75C or -35C difference). I was further able to increase the core clock to1130mhz and memory clock to 1400mhz, and still had VRMs under 85C and core under 80C. When benchmarking, I set the GPU to:
1180mhz core, 1400mhz mem,+100mV offset and +50% power limit.

Although the windforce cooler may be sufficient, I would strongly recommend getting the Sapphire Tri-X OC R9 290 if within $300, or even better full block water cooling (universal waterblock will leave the VRMs running VERY hot, even with copper heatsinks).

Moving on, the R9 290 as expected uses a lot of power. One can expect ~270watt power usage at stock, and when overclocked to 1180/1400, I recorded ~380watts. All of this however is not really relevant, as even in 2X crossfire, a 1050 watt PSU (Seasonic X-1050) offers a lot of headroom.

The R9 290 offers performance slightly higher than expected from a typical R9 290. At stock, Ungine Heaven (1920x1080 8XAA Extreme Tess.) runs ~1350, and when OC'd scored ~1490~1510. Nearly every game can run smoothly, especially at 1080p, however if running at 4K resolution, a second GPU is favorable to get decent FPS without turning down settings. The 4GB VRAM also comes in handy, and offers an advantage over other NVIDIA offerings.

Overall, the Windforce R9 290 is a vast improvement from the stock R9 290, however, there are better alternatives.

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  • Duane W.
  • 10/10/2014 9:37:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA beast

Pros: -Plays everything on ultra with very high frame rates.
-This card is a beast and should last me for awhile.

Cons: -None

Other Thoughts: I bought this card for a new gaming build and I have not been disappointed. It plays all the games I throw at it on ultra settings without a problem. I am currently playing Shadow of Mordor with the Ultra pack. The specs for the Ultra pack say it requires 6GB VRAM. This card has 4GB and I still average over 70 FPS.

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  • William S.
  • 10/1/2014 3:59:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsend user was happy.

Pros: good cooling.

Cons: wish it had a backplate.

Other Thoughts: this card was a upgrade for a family member who had a GTX 560.
so it was a drastic upgrade

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