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MSI Radeon R9 290X GAMING 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • ADVANCED TWIN FROZR IV
  • OC Mode/ Gaming Mode (Default)/ Silent Mode
  • MILITARY CLASS COMPONENT
  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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R9 290X Gaming 4G

R9 290X GAMING 4G
Overview

Now You're Gaming With MSI

R9 290X GAMING 4G

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.

R9 290X GAMING 4G
R9 290X GAMING 4G

Pre-Overclocked
Performance

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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Gaming App

Easy Tune, Easy Play

OC Mode

Tune up core clock and fan speed to gain best performance.

Gaming Mode (Default)

Provides a stable gaming experience with higher core clock.

Silent Mode

The best operating environment with fabulous low noise.
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Advanced Twin Frozr IV

MSI's Twin Frozr has been the industry defining graphics card cooler. The first Twin Frozr kicked off the dual-fan trend and today MSI stays true to its dual-fan dual-slot design where others have to resort to less effective means.

The other part that the Twin Frozr cooler uses is a large Aluminium fin grid array that provides a huge amount of surface area for cooling. Heat from the GPU is transferred to the fin grid array by virtue of heat pipes with MSI's special SuperPipe technology. SuperPipes transfer heat twice as fast as regular heat pipes enabling an MSI Gaming graphics card to stay cooler than the competition's.

Furthermore, MSI provides all new Airflow Control technology on the Twin Frozr. This new thermal technology leads air to the heat pipe by a special deflector on the heatsink, so it can direct more air to heat pipes directly. In addition, this exclusive heatsink design increases the area of the heatsink so as to increase the efficiency of heat dissipation.

Military Class Component

One of the deciding factors in performance is the quality of the components used. That is why MSI only uses MIL-STD-810G certified components for its Gaming cards because only these components have proven to be able to withstand the torturous circumstances of extreme gaming and overclocking.

Solid Capacitors

With their aluminum core design, solid cap's have been a staple in high-end mainboard designs and provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as an over-10-year lifespan.

R9 290X GAMING 4G

Hi-C Cap

A Hi-C Cap is a very small but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-C CAP's, MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient on the market.

R9 290X GAMING 4G

Solid State Choke

It's a new generation, form-in-one choke, which doesn't generate vibration noise under heavy loading & provides 37.5% higher current output compared with a traditional ring choke. It's very important when your GPU is overclocked or under high loads, since it requires even more electricity - provided by this component.

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Experience Predator

Share for Fun

A built-in screen and video capturing tool named Predator captures your screen as still images or videos with the push of a button and allows you to capture and record your coolest, goofiest, and most awesome gaming moments on your PC!

Afterburner

MSI Afterburner has quickly become the favorite overclocking software for media, overclockers, and end-users. Because of its simple interface, it's easy to learn, but it packs a lot of powerful features like an integrated benchmark utility called Kombustor that can check your system performance in benchmarking mode, or run as a stability test.

Don't speak English? No problem: MSI Afterburner is translated in many languages including Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Korean! Not satisfied with the looks? Just change to one of the many different skins or create one yourself with ease!

Even better, you can run Afterburner straight from your smartphone! Download the MSI Afterburner App from Google Play or the Apple store and start overclocking.

R9 290X GAMING 4G
Specification
Graphics Engine AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
Bus Standard PCI Express x16 3.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size (MB) 4096
Memory Interface 512 bits
Core Clock Speed 1040MHz Core (OC mode)
1030MHz Core (Gaming mode)
1000MHz Core (Silent mode)
Memory Clock Speed (MHz) 5000
DVI Output
2 (Dual-link DVI-D)
HDMI Output 1 (version 1.4a)
DisplayPort 1
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Dual-link DVI Y
Display Output (Max. Resolution) 2560 x 1600
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 11.2
OpenGL Version Support
4.3
CrossFire Support Y, 4-way (SW)
Card Dimensions (mm) 276 x 127 x 39mm
Weight 2.2lbs (1kg)

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Warranty

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


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  • Andrew K.
  • 7/5/2014 2:32:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Card

Pros: Huge improvement over reference card. Compact design a plus in mATX setups.

Cons: Currently over priced. Not the best aftermarket cooler.

Other Thoughts: I would have gone with the Sapphire vapor-x card but I got this for a very good price. Couldn't justify the price difference at the time of purchase. If you can get this card on sale, it's worth every penny.

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  • Gil G.
  • 4/11/2014 4:50:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Modified 290X

Pros: Obviously the 290X line needs some extra cooling. This is a well designed / built entry with MSIs upgraded components. I've been running this for several months now without a problem. Driver support is lame but this review is about the card. Temps never go over 70 degrees after hours of full load sim racing and FarCry3.

Cons: Cost, I paid full price when it came out and only now are the prices dropping (good for you, bad for me).

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  • Keith B.
  • 3/3/2014 9:14:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsRMA process a joke

Pros: Free BF4, or maybe not...

Cons: BF4 works fine but the card doesn't.

Never worked for more than an hour.

Other Thoughts: Nothing to love about the MSI 290X, other than the fact that it comes with BF4, but BF4 isn't worth retail price of the card and it's the only thing that works.

Tried all the drivers, different computers. In all machines with all the different drivers, locks up in BF4 to black screen. Very common problem according to all the forums. Fine, I got an early card, I can withhold judgement until I get a replacement......but it's been 5 weeks.

After 4 weeks I got an email offer for a $495 check as "market value" because they had nothing to replace it with..... So I'm supposed to take a $200 loss for a card that never worked? I don't think so. I declined the offer but never heard anything back.

I have been a loyal fan of MSI in the past but this is really disappointing.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
If this issue is not resolved then please let us know of your RMA# and we can take a look at your case for you.

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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Donald R.
  • 2/6/2014 5:38:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsReview of MSI RMA process

Pros: This review is just of the MSI RMA dept... which is dreadful. I bought a last gen card which worked great for a while then died... this is its story.

Cons: Nov 2013, my AMD gaming card starts dropping signal via displayport, a week later, it will no longer connect via displayport. I test the monitor with my laptop, it works --> RMA. Card is gone two weeks. A new card arrives. Card overheats and begins artifacting. Check the clock speeds (I don't overclock, but wanted to make sure). Clock speeds are at manufacturer spec. Try firing up BF4 again, after reinstalling drivers, card artifacts, reboots. Computer no longer boots with this card installed. --> RMA. 3 weeks later (today), new card arrives. Reinstall drivers. Fire up battlefield, game crashes and computer locks up entirely as soon as 3d rendering begins. Uninstall newest beta, run driver sweep, reinstall current offical driver. Try world of warcraft, game crashes at start screen, as soon as 3d rendering starts. Test another AMD card in rig, works. Install nvidia card in rig, works. Install RMA replacement card in a friend's rig, fails to render 3d. Long story short, 3 RMA cards in less than 3 months. ARE YOU SERIOUS! I'm not saying don't buy AMD cards, but PLEASE get another brand. If your card goes bottom up and you bought an MSI card, just throw it in the garbage.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Please kindly contact us directly and we can issue you a 2nd RMA and cover shipping.

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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Nathan H.
  • 1/31/2014 9:21:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Hardware, Terrible Software

Pros: Card is fast, stays pretty cool, massive improvement over my MSI R9 290

Cons: Software drivers are terrible, continually crashes, amd catalyst takes 10 years to load and regularly crashes after every setting change. Don't plan on crossfire, causes crashes, luckily you can use them independent for two separate monitors. Runs great with third party drivers in linux.

(Crash is everything from flashing screen(It is nice enough to alert you that it recovered from the driver crash in this case), pixilated frozen screen, to blank lockup)

Other Thoughts: Had to give up on using this card to its fullest potential (crossfire/overclock) which is sad because it is hooked up to a 1000w gold power supply in a server room. The slightest tweak using the included utilities causes entire crash.

They work ok for my scientific computing needs as separate offload devices, but if I boot over to windows for some fun, the 290X is nothing but trouble.

R9 290 Since Nov, 13
R9 290X Since Jan, 14

Thanks,

-Fingers crossed with new driver releases

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  • Todd W.
  • 1/24/2014 4:09:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolute Awe

Pros: Performance. In ALL areas. Cooling, OC, noise, etc. FLAWLESS!

Cons: Zero. None. Zip. Nada.

Other Thoughts: Everything is FLAWLESS with this card. It's AMAZING and i love it to death. I upgraded from the AMD Radeon HD 7850 and WOW the jump into hyperspace that it made. HIGHLY recommend this product to everyone who looks at it, or even glances at it. This card blew my mind. TOTALLY worth it. I bought this exact same card from a local retailer and oh man the difference it made as an upgrade from my 7850. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this card.

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  • robert d.
  • 1/22/2014 12:05:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnexpected Downfall

Pros: Supposed to be one of the best!!!

Cons: Card had issues from the get go... crashed over and over until it failed within a day of its arrival....

Other Thoughts: Was afraid to try another of these....instead went with SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 Video Card

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Nathan R.
  • 1/20/2014 11:07:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Great gaming performance. Stays cool. Mines at 1000+ khash

Cons: Ordered 3, had to return 1. 2 of them stay cool, the third would overheat.

Can only use a single card for quiet operation.
Two cards will create too much heat within the case and then everything gets noisy again dealing with it.
Three cards simply don't work. They get too hot, and are too close together to cool probably. For 3-Way Crossfire stick with the reference design or use water cooling.

Other Thoughts: Great card for gaming and pretty good for mining. Although they can be quite touchy in getting the config right for these cards. For mining though, they are better than the Asus Direct CU II cards. Those only go about 600 khash.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 1/18/2014 11:36:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesomely powerful, but doesn't like Nvidia drivers

Pros: Extremely powerful in gaming as well as GPGPU with no signs of overheating or excessive noise.

I was able to render luxrender's LuxVR raytracing mode in realtime whereas my old graphics card was unable to put a picture on the screen. As far as mining goes, I am able to mine SXC, LTC, DGC, and PPC all faster than before, even when running all four clients at once. Spreadsheet OpenCL functions are incredibly quick- effectivly instantaneous- whereas with a single Ivy Bridge i5 they take about a minute to complete.

Gaming is incredible with this card, too. I am able to max out TombRaider 2013, Crysis3, and BF4 at eyefinity resolutions with framerates that never dip below 40. There is no lag whatsoever and once I got the Nvidia drivers off of my computer, I haven't had any driver based issues at all.

Cons: Heavy. Feels like it's gonna break my mobo.

Connectivity is moronic at best. Seriously, why the heck do OEMs insist on putting three different kinds of connectors on one board and not giving us adapters? I get that they want people to have choices in what they hook up, but why am I the one that has to pick up the bill when I want to run multimonitor and just shelled out 700 dollars for a 500 dollar card? I had to pay extra for connectors just to run eyefinity.

Finally, driver issues forced me to backup, reformat, and reinstall Windows because my old Nvidia drivers were making my computer completely unusable, forcing crashes and freezes on a regular basis even before I had Catalyst installed. (I really never understood why people say Nvidia has better drivers; I have had nothing but trouble across several builds for several years. )

Other Thoughts: All in all, a great card with a couple quirks. I didn't take any stars off for driver troubles because that was an Nvidia issue. Weird connectivity, while annoying, is something every company does, so minus zero eggs there, too.

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  • Zeke L.
  • 1/17/2014 1:08:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card

Pros: This is an excellent card.

Since I put it in my computer yesterday, I've played a couple of sessions of BF4 at 5760x1080 for about 2 hours each. It never got loud enough for me to notice.

Speaking of which, this comes with BF4. That may or may not be worth it to you, but at a $60 value it's something to consider when looking at other cards.

Cons: It's hella expensive right now. I don't know if I buy the Litecoin excuse completely, but these cards are definitely hard to find lately.

Other Thoughts: 9.1 on graphics for the Windows Experience Index in windows 8.1. yes it's there you just have to use the cmd prompt. 10,644 on Catzilla 1.11 1080p test with a GPU score in the 95th percentile.

This is an upgrade from 2 crossfired HD 5770's. They were fine for one screen, but I recently made the upgrade to a 3x1 setup, and I wanted the extra horsepower.
i920, 12gb g. skill RAM, samsung 830 pro ssd, 750 watt corsair psu, this gpu.

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