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MSI Radeon R9 290X R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 Video Card

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  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • Core Clock 1000 MHz
  • 2 x DVI-D 1 x HDMI 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2816 Stream Processors

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Leading international graphics card maker MSI has always been a key player in the competitive graphics card market. Thanks to its strong R&D capabilities and outstanding product performance, MSI's products have always received high acclaim by the media and consumers throughout the world.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Clayton C.
  • 1/2/2014 7:10:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA MUST HAVE

Pros: 290x Fast and powerful. Great price point in comparison to the 780TI. I just couldn't see forking out $700 for the Nvidia. I went from ATi to Nvidia, to another Nvidia, but now it's AMD Radeon's turn.
My computer's main game is Battlefield 4, so it made more sense to get this GPU. I hope AMD Mantle system comes through...that was another factor.
I was hoping third party cards with better coolers were coming out, but it was taking to long. So, I went with this. I did get a GELID cooler just in case, but haven't used it yet.

Cons: So is noisy? Well, I'm use to keep my fans up high and I do wear a good headset, so for me it's fine. I doesn't bother me.
Does it run hot? Well, again in terms of AMD's recommend range for the card, it runs where it should...80's to in the 90's for me. The thing to be concerned about is how the heat effects the other componets in the case. So far no issues. All temps are where they need to be. My case has a 120mm in the front and 120mm for exhaust and side vents. It creates a nice wind tunnel effect. Also, I have an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro on the CPU.

Other Thoughts: Pay attention to the overall cooling of your case.

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  • Seth L.
  • 12/30/2013 8:03:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrashes crashes crashes

Pros: Helps heat the house

Cons: Crashes constantly (how changes with each driver update)
Audio is choppy with latest update
Waste of time and money

Other Thoughts: Don't even bother with this piece of junk! I've run Furmark and prime95 to make sure that it's not a hardware issue...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
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Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • ATTN: E.
  • 12/2/2013 10:44:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - excellent performance
- decent price compared to Nvidia's offerings
- comes with BF4

Cons: - runs hot (95C)
- very loud stock cooler
- 290 is cheaper and not that far behind in terms of performance

Other Thoughts: This card is replacing an EVGA GTX 680 SC Signtature+. Much better performance now that I can maintain >60fps at 1440p in most games. I went for this reference model because I will be putting a waterblock on it eventually which will negate my biggest complaint about it: heat and noise.

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  • Anthony G.
  • 11/18/2013 1:53:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReviews

Pros: CrossfireX works through PCIe Bus. There's no latency. AMD Fixed their multi-GPU solution. Easy to install, easy to run, better performance than the previous by 35%. Just purchased a third one for CrossfireX. Very little to no frame drops. All of AMD woes have been fixed for the most part.

Cons: Core Frequencies will throttle due to the massive heat. 95 degs C is the max, and this I on the stock cooling solution. Once these babies have a waterblock solution attach to them, they will stop throttling between 1000 MHz and 800 mhz.

Other Thoughts: I can imagine, with waterblock solutions, these Vanilla cards will OC past 1250 Mhz easily. Asus ARES 2 topped past 1200 Mhz on it's stock cooling solution.

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  • Samuel V.
  • 11/10/2013 9:44:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for buck

Pros: I upgraded to this card from a XFX 6990 and I can say the performance is day and night. Installation was a breeze and my PC picked it up right away. It's not as power hungry as a lot of other cards out there and being only 10 inches in length it will fit most cases. Love how this card is very adjustable, haven't installed the software cause I don't need it. If you're looking for a nice upgrade that will last a few years this card will do the trick.

Cons: This card does tend to get pretty hot when it's in intense applications, make sure you have proper cooling near the card so it does not overheat and shutdown you're PC.

Other Thoughts: I will be liquid cooling this card soon and I will be seeing my temps go from 75c to 40c under full load which will make it last a lot longer. I would suggest trying to get two of these when possible.

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  • Jason A.
  • 11/7/2013 3:02:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Pros: Cheap, Fast and Sexy. Runs everything I throw at it with Max/Ultra settings.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The fan isn't that loud, and yes,the GPU does get a little warm, but if you have a well vented case and keep it clean you should have a problem what so ever....and plus the warm air feels good in my basement :-)

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  • Timothy W.
  • 11/7/2013 9:00:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCF is now viable

Pros: The cards are fast, but you probably already knew that. Crossfire has come a long way from where it once was. I remember the microstutter and texture corruption that I commonly ran into when trying to run dual 4870s a couple generations ago.

Now, the driver support is much better, there is no stuttering, and the games that I've tested so far at least seem to work the same with CF or not - which is what you'd expect. CF also no longer requires the physical bridges as SLI still does.

My dual 290xes are driving 3 30" 2560x1600 monitors - one of them is a 3007WFP that I bought quite a few years back, and the other two are U3011s that I bought more recently. I couldn't do surround gaming on them with nVidia, because they require the sync polarity to be the same on all of the monitors, and mine were not. AMD Crossfire however has no such limitation.

The horsepower really wasn't there to drive a setup like this before anyway. Now with this latest generation of cards though, it's viable. I get pretty good framerates in all of the games I've tested.

Cons: A bit loud, but I knew what I was getting into after reading the reviews.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to high-res multi-GPU, multi-monitor gaming, AMD is definitely the way to go.

The 290 (no X) that was just released is probably a better value for your money, though it is a bit louder still than the 290X. If you have the time and expertise, I'd suggest buying two or three of those and installing more powerful air or water coolers.

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  • Olo A.
  • 11/6/2013 9:01:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEhhh, almost there, but still like it.

Pros: -FAST
-Free Copy of BF4 (I'm a die hard BF fan and secretly a CoD hater)
-Crossfire finally scales like it should!!! (yes, i have 2)

Cons: -Hotter than all hell, and almost as loud too. One of my cards hit 99*C at one point during game play. (I don't run benches or stress tests)
-Eats significantly more power than comparable cards.

Other Thoughts: If you are gaming on a 1080p or 1200p monitor, leave this product page and go buy a proper monitor before even looking at this card or a R9 290, or a GTX 780.

I love this card mostly for one reason, it got the green team to bring the prices on their products down to a manageable level. The performance coming out of the game is ridiculous.

Having said that, I think the custom PCB, factory OCed GTX 780s are a better value. They are just as fast if not faster, they run cooler and quiet (no need to spend money on aftermarket cooling), they can be OCed even more, they are priced at around $180 less, and come with a game bundle worth more than $100. this thing comes with one $50 game.

is the added heat, noise, and extra $230 worth the few FPS? No... I don't think so.

But all of this would not be possible if AMD would not have released this card at such a low price. So I have to give credit where it is due.

As a side note, as much as I loved the previous BF games, BF4 is virtually unplayable. it pains me to say it, but it is a waste of time even installing this game. Crashes, disconnects and lag galore. I started like 30 games and only finished 2 because of drops.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Please use GPUZ to extract the VGA BIOS from the card and send it to us at and we will see if there's any newer BIOS update available for your card.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Russell R.
  • 11/6/2013 11:30:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStunning

Pros: Absolutely, positively beautiful card. Sleek and powerful, providing stunning visuals. It tackles everything on max settings with ease.

Cons: Little hot, little loud.

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  • Hector P.
  • 11/5/2013 1:46:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow just Wow

Pros: Wow this card let me my mouth open i upgrade whit my old Amd 5870 x3 crossfire. And only one R9 290x make 3 of them and little more extra. Whit my old cards i did in firestrike score 8890. Whit the new 290x i did 11080 is just wow

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Why in the internet make fun on this card in the air flow sound my new card is more quiet than my old Amd 5870 o i forgot the new amd sound rocks whit people they have home theater connected HDMI in a reciver no more problems whit windows sound do it a mess to yours reciver I HI RECOMMEND THIS CARD

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