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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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  • Anonymous
  • 7/30/2014 8:45:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: This card is great. I just bought it for my new gaming rig and I'm glad I did. Runs all my games on ultra at 100+ fps. Stays cool and fans are almost silent.

Cons: Expensive.
Makes weird humming noise when I play games. Not too big of a deal, though.

Other Thoughts: To the people who are saying that games crash on startup, you probably need a better power supply. This card chews up a lot of power.

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  • Kain h.
  • 7/23/2014 3:05:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsseems a lot of people are having problems

Pros: *see other thoughts!!!!!!*

decent cooling
fast... duh, its a flagship GPU

Cons: for a few more bucks you can get the lightning

Other Thoughts: some dude had a problem with crashing every time it went to 3d render.... well, that woulds lik your power supply sucks. remember, a 1200 watt bad brand will only put out 400 watts!!!

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  • Matthew M.
  • 7/22/2014 11:37:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsSAID ID TRY ONCE...NEVER AGAIN.

Pros: i cannot think of any....they look nice?

Cons: Twin Froz failed to keep things cool
Stupid temps!
duel bios..one was inoperable.

and the biggest..

MSI BRAND CARDS DO NOT SUPPORT AMD DRIVERS...WHY?!?! you are stuck with the msi drivers it comes with untill there is an "update" to make them compatible with the Catalyst drivers.

Other Thoughts: these cards look great and the hype on them are over rated by a vast stretch of the imagination..The MSI brand AMD R9's do not support any AMD drivers for CCC..you are stuck withe the msi ones that the card is shipped with.also you loose all fan control and they do not ramp up when under use and the cards cook. mine both got to 110C!!!!( DEFECTIVE ) i called MSI and they said that i needed a bios update..i explained i did not and they assured me i did....so they sent me one..and SURPRISE! it was the one i already had.. the anger i felt had the strength of a thousand exploding suns!..i thought i would give AMD a try and im glad i did because i now know i am NVidiA FOR LIFE!. as of this moment they are in a van going back to where i bought them from. and will be used for instore credit for something in the future.will grab another 780 for sli for now im sure that will do me for very long time!

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.

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

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  • Courtney B.
  • 7/21/2014 3:15:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGot 2 of these. HEAT!

Pros: Great card. Easy to understand and install. Amazing gaming performance.

Cons: MAJOR ISSUES. BOTH. Cards, according to EVERYTHING i have seen on the net are waaaaaay to hot! Tomb raider maxes the temps out and it begin to throttle just 10 mins into game play (95 degrees). I have these running just 1 screen so tomb raider should be a BREEZE for these cards but they are just heating up like crazy!. I have to SEVERELY UNDERCLOCK these cards to keep them just under 80!! Terrible.. I bought these cards SPECIFICALLY to replace my reference 290X rocket engine of a card.... So far i am NOT impressed with the cooling. They are under clocked to 800MHz....

Other Thoughts: Yes, i have set a custom fan profile on Afterburner. Yes, i have ran them separately. Yes, i contacted MSI support. They have yet to get back with me... :/ its really sad because I am a huge MSI fan.. I REALLY want to open these up and replace the thermal grease but i dont want to ruin my warranty.

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  • MARIE P.
  • 7/15/2014 12:01:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Silence, puissance !

Silent and powerful !

Cons: This is the OC version tagged at 1040Mhz.

When I checked in MSI Afterburner it read at 1030Mhz, bizzare...

I had to set it at 1040Mhz in Afterburner, not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: I started with 3dfx Banshee 15 years ago and always owned many Nvidia cards after.

I sold my very good EVGA GTX780 SC for this MSI R9 290x gaming because of the 4Gb ram and the low price.

This card is great :

I can't hear it, i checked a few time if fans were working, they are, and its silent at full load.

It stays cool and run every recent game I own maxed out (1920x1080) flawlessly with 144hz monitor. BF4 for instance is awesome with mantle.

Also it has this amazing feature the dual bios : you switch a button and it goes from Legacy to UEFI bios, so its virtually compatible with every motherboards. No more switching cards to change settings in bios when you hear no POST. Every graphic card should have this switch.

Cherry on cake : it looks sleek, well built, durable.

As for the drivers I had no problem with it, although I prefer using the Geforce ones as they feel more "straightforward".

Only 4 stars ?
Perfection does not exist.

If you want the best abordable performance, buy this great card.

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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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