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GIGABYTE GV-R929WF3-4GD 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, the 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 massive number of atream 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 is 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 TWO-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's "Triangle Cool" technology. This not only provides an effective heat dissipation capacity; with it, GPU Boost 2.0 technology also enables higher performance due to a lower temperature.
  • newegg Smart Fan Control With a hardware switch built in, you can easily change the fan profile to silent mode or performance mode. In Silent Mode, the fan always runs at low speeds to provide a quiet working environment, unless the GPU reaches a certain high temperature. When switched to Performance Mode, the fan speed will be dynamically adjusted based on the GPU temperature variation; this can keep the GPU temperature lower to get a better performance.
  • 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.
  • newegg AMD TrueAudio Technology AMD TrueAudio technology brings the world’s first programmable audio pipeline marking a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio, and more. AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience.

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

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  • Christopher H.
  • 1/23/2015 4:42:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy review

Pros: Fast, quiet while not doing anything demanding

Cons: This card is huge, but it fit in my case, so I'm not taking anything off for that. Just make sure your case can handle it before buying.

Other Thoughts: I've thrown a few games at it so far, and plan to really put it through its paces this weekend, but so far it has run everything I've thrown at it like butter.

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  • Shaun P.
  • 1/20/2015 12:49:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIts been Great

Pros: the PC this is in: socket 2011 i7 3820 @ 4.4Ghz, 16Gb Gskill 2133mhz ram, ...... I swapped out my old Radeon HD6950 for this card in July of 2014, and made no other PC changes. My benchmarks literally doubled! I have not ever crashed or had a BSOD. BUT I never have used the supplied software.

Cons: The Heat displacement goes straight into the case, The price you pay for decent cooling I suppose.

Other Thoughts: I use MSI Afterburner software for Overclocking and fan control for this card. I dont know If I got a "good batch" card or what, but I overclock my core clock to 1100MHz and the Memory clock to 1500MHz and this thing runs like a champion. I do have my fans set to run at 100% when temps reach 70C and when running Heaven benchmark in loop under full load for long periods with full on overclock, the temps rarely bump 80C. but it is somewhat noisy. Seriously considering buying another for crossfire. But I'm gonna water cool of it when and IF I do get another R9 290. This was one of the best "single" upgrade I have had in a long time. Very happy with purchase, and as stated I'm about to bite the bullet and get another for crossfire. I'm an enthusiast .. what can I say?

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  • Zachary L.
  • 1/2/2015 2:49:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card, poor software

Pros: Amazingly fast, can run everything I through at it at the highest settings at 1080p. I bought this card on a black friday sale and was a little worried after reading reviews. However doing some research, I found out that the problems making the card crash and blue screen computers was due to the included software from Gigabyte. As long as you install the newest drivers from AMD and use their Overdrive software for overclocking instead of Gigabytes, you should be golden!

Also I just want to say I was surprised when I found the shroud over this card was metal. Every card I've used to this date had a plastic shroud, so this made the card feel premium.

Cons: Hot, loud and uses a lot of power. But every 290 is that way. Don't buy one if you don't want that.

Other Thoughts: As long as you install the newest drivers and don't use the included overclocking software, this will be a great card for you! I have never had a problem with it in the month that I have had it, and I have pushed it hard playing games for 8+ hours over winter break. People buying it should know that while it runs hot, It never goes over 82 degrees for me at a 10% overclock. Usually resting around 70 in games like Battlefield and War Thunder, and Star Craft and Civ have it running even lower. Just a funny not is that my previous 7870 would max out around 55 degrees, and this card idles at that temp

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  • Oscar C.
  • 12/28/2014 8:38:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome card

Pros: After reading many of the reviews for this card ( Which I did after I bought ) I didn't have high hopes. Once I had it installed and running ( which was very easy ) I was surprised & very happy with the result.

This card makes everything look great, threw in max settings on my monitor ( 1920 x 1200 ) and ran it stock. Temps wouldn't go above 62 and idled at around 40. Slowly went up on GPU freq all the way to 1070 Mhz. Temps dont reach 70 and performs flawlessly. No tear or artifacts. I'm sure I still have a lot of room to push it up, but haven't seen the need. Maybe I was just lucky, but got this card for about 325 after mail in rebate. Best deal I've got so far. Five eggs!.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I've a Well laid out air cooling set up on my case with 3 120 mm fans pushing air in and a 200 mm and an 120 mm pulling out. Guess that helps.

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  • Derek C.
  • 12/18/2014 12:28:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBlack screen of death!

Pros: Pretty much what everyone else says. Good when it works and there's no black screen.

Cons: I have used the Gigabyte @BIOS Flash in hopes of flashing a GPU ROM image of this card supplied by Gigabyte website, results were that it couldn't find my BIOS version! I'm running a rather older AMI BIOS too so my options are limited. The unit runs on 40 degrees and rather cool due to my 6 fan apparatus, using a 850W psu, and drivers are all up to date with Catalyst 14.12 Omega. Windows 7 and 64 bits, just about your standard gaming rig. Black screens are sporadic and inconsistent, usually ranging between 1-2 hours with just idle to average use. I am currently in the middle of an RMA with them and hoping that I was just really unlucky with a hardware issue.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte, if you could personally give me a support ticket, I can send you an email and try to help you get more details about my issue... I work in IT myself and would be glad to work with you to get this issue squared away so I can focus less on debugging and more on playing some actual games!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2014 7:06:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsGreat when it works

Pros: Works pretty good when it was working. Runs a little bit hotter than competition but isn't a huge issue.

Cons: Now this card will bug out, crash the display driver/computer and needs to be reseated (waiting or simply restarting does not fix this) before working again after running demanding games. Lines and other artifacts would show up on the screen before the computer becomes unresponsive.

I have tested this GPU on both the X16 and X8 slot on my PC as well as a friend's PC (which didn't have any problem with his 970) and can reproduce the problem.

The upsetting thing is that I have never overclocked this GPU and my case air flow is rather good (3 incoming fan, 3 outgoing fan, some of which are very close to the GPU).

I'm going to have to go through the RMA process. I hope it's as painless as Corsairs when I had to replace a HX650. Will update this review at the conclusion of the RMA process.

Other Thoughts: When it's working the 290 is a fantastic card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2014 5:51:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot as bad as I thought after reading the reviews

Pros: Fast.

Cons: Loud.

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  • Kev P.
  • 12/5/2014 9:54:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI really want to like this card

Pros: It is an R9 290 at a pretty great price. I bought the same card last year for 400$ more than I just paid.

Cons: Runs hot, and the fans on the cooler wirr up like turbines when the card is only running at about 60% gpu utilization with temps up in the low 80s Celsius. Right now there is a metal on metal vibration noise coming from my rig that stops if I grab the metal cage of this video card. The gigabyte bios upgrade utility fails gives me a "Bios Version not match!" error when I try to upgrade the bios as described by another NewEgg Commenter. I am getting screen tears during normal desktop usage.

Other Thoughts: If I can get the bios updated on this card and get the screen tearing, vibrations, and high operating temperature issues worked out, I expect I will be very happy with this. However, this is not a card to plug in and go with no issues.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 12/5/2014 9:10:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRevision 1.0

Pros: Idles around 45C and around 70c gaming

I bought one of these a few months back and just installed a second, Haven't run into any issues.

3 free games voucher has some good recent games and is a
nice bonus. (Alien Isolation is on the list)

Cons: Bought the first one @ $400, second @ $270 but that's my fault.

Other Thoughts: Some other reviews mention issues with the 1.0 Revision of this card, I haven't run into any problems.

I have a 1300 watt PSU which is overkill for these two cards, but
They are hungry for power

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  • matthew s.
  • 11/30/2014 7:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing card, works fine on older PCI 2.1

Pros: amazing cooler unit, game codes all worked fine, graphics upgrade to the max, amazing performance boost over an hd 6970

Cons: none so far at all

Other Thoughts: its long, but the cooler is narrow, so crossfire is a go

also, when putting in the codes for never settle, it will say expired if you dont include the - inbetween sets. I.E. 1234-5678-90AB-CDEF

and for the other reviews stating it wont work on anything other than PCI 3.0, it works fine on my older system, running a DX58OG and 1st gen 6 core intel

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