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

  • 2560 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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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 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 cards configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming, you'll 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.

Coupled with the R9 290X is advanced MSI technologies. This MSI Gaming VGA Card comes equipped with custom Twin Frozr cooling, military class components for better stability, and features OC mode, allowing you to unleash the full potential with the press of a button.

  • newegg ADVANCED TWIN FROZR IV MSI's Twin Frozr has been the industry-defining graphics card cooler. The first Twin Frozr kicked of 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 aluminum 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. Furthermore, MSI provides all-new Airflow Control technology on Twin Frozr. This new thermal technology leads the airflow to the heat pipe by a special deflector on the heatsink, so it can deflect more airflow to the heat pipes directly.
  • newegg 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 CAP - One With their aluminum core design, Solid CAPs have been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs, and provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) and an over-10-year lifespan. Hi-C CAP - A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. NEW SUPER FERRITE CHOKES - New Super Ferrite Chokes use a ferrite core that is super-permeable. This allows the super ferrite chokes to run at a 35°C lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.
  • newegg GAMING APP A lightweight, easy to use OC tool, the Gaming App allows you to switch between OC Mode, Gaming Mode, and Silent Mode with the press of a button. Each mode has individual pre-defined Base Clock and Boost Clock to meet different play scenarios.
  • newegg EXPERIENCE - PREDATOR A built-in screen and video capturing tool named Predator captures your screen as still images or videos with the push of a button. So you can capture and record your coolest, goofiest, and most awesome gaming moments on your PC!
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg New Generation of CrossFire The card features next-generation CrossFire support for up to four graphics cards with no interconnect bridge required.

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/10/2015 5:30:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Great card, handles every game I play on ultra with ease (battlefield 4 and hardline, skyrim, borderlands, the mass effects, titanfall, etc)
not as loud as my old 5850 was
Does everything I need, compatible with Linux using amd Linux drivers. also gets me good fps in pretty much everything

Cons: none. There is 1 negative but it isn't the card's fault. See other thoughts below

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  • Aliaksandr K.
  • 4/8/2015 2:43:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not BUY This card

Pros: It is complete waist of time and money do not buy this card

Cons: Card is making random restart tried on different motherboards and few power supply . Same problem with this card . Stay away from it

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  • edwin d.
  • 4/3/2015 11:13:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsmsi r9 290 6WEEK RE-REVIEW

Pros: Most of first review still stands.card fps and color perform well see Cons after thoughts

Cons: Started artifacting large horizontal lines across screen,also seems to default at 300mhz. Has to be adjusted through app everytime!

Other Thoughts: Irony of situation, I opted to not send in rebate as to save my liking for MSI. as I have never gotten a rebate even though all things were filled out perfectly. Anyway at Less Than 2 mos I have to R M A card what really irks me is I have to pay the freight not to mention Stated clearly in MSI's rma agreement I have to accept a refurbished card. So here I am less than 60 days out of purchase and I will have more cash invested in a refurbished product, than I would in a new one. SAD SAD state of affairs. and, I am extremely disappointed .As a result I am knocking off 2 eggs. if these people want our hard earned money take care of your products longer than 30 days!!!

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  • Jason S.
  • 4/2/2015 3:49:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI rocks

Pros: Fast card, high FPS, no lag! I love this card I can not wait to get another one when my cpu is fixed

Cons: None I can think of

Other Thoughts: I wish I did not wait so long to update, I never knew what I was missing. I can not wait till my replacement CPU gets here to buy another card!

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  • Seth C.
  • 4/1/2015 9:06:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever buying AMD again

Pros: none

Cons: error instantly after installing card, Black screen errors, Display driver stops responding.

Other Thoughts: I thought I would give AMD a chance since they offered a card that was cheaper than the 900 series but after two days of trying multiple google search fixes and still having issues.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. If possible verify the MSI video card on another working system to check.
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Aaron L.
  • 3/31/2015 8:44:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value, Awesome performance.

Pros: About the same performance as the more expensive R9 290X. Works great in crossfire with my MSI Gaming R9 290X that I bought when prices were more reasonable on that unit.

I can now play Shadow of Mordor at 60FPS at UHD using all ultra settings.

Is almost identical in appearance to my MSI Gaming R9 290X.

Easy to install get up and running, at least for me.

Several common benchmarks say that my 290-290x crossfire setup beats a r9-295x. And the combo crushes a single GTX Titan or GTX 970 in 2 way SLI. Just mind blowing.

Nicely boxed, card protected well for shipping. Easy to open box which is important if you need to RMA. I doubt I will need to; my 290x had been rock solid for months before I bought the 290. As has my mobo, also from MSI.

Solid build quality, fit and finish. Looks pretty.

Lots of OC potential; I did all of my testing at stock speed, with fans lowered, and still did not break 85c.

Has an *honest* 4GB of memory. Send your flame mail to Nvidia, not me.

Completely crushes any other high end card on a FPS/$ basis

Cons: MSI disk that comes with it should be avoided. It loads bloatware and and you have to update the driver anyhow. This may not apply to you if you do not also have a MSI mobo.

MSI, please fix your steaming deuce that looks like a distribution disk, but does not smell like one. If I did not love the hardware and the price, I would have sent the product back because the disk is just that bad.


Noise, but the fans can be tuned to significantly mitigate this problem.

Power consumption. But, you can turn off the extra power when you don't need it. Under clocking can be good, also.

You will have issues with Afterburner if you try to sync the settings between cards in a 290-290x setup, but it is worth the savings for me.

Other Thoughts: Two of these or one and an R290x that you already have will make most games playable at UHD with all or mostly ultra settings. That is a huge value proposition.

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  • Douglas M.
  • 3/28/2015 11:10:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTerrific Card!

Pros: Great card, handles everything I throw at it, including the new Battlefield Hardline, everything on Ultra and running AMD's Mantle. Card has not missed a beat yet, and is able to play my various other games max settings without a hiccup.

Cons: The recommended PSU that you are supposed to have is 750w, according to the box. I'm running a Corsair 730w PSU and I'm having no issues.

Other Thoughts: Got this card for $279.99 instead of the regular $309.99 price. I bundled it with the combo of Battlefield Hardline and got $20.00 off. Worth it if you really want the new Battlefield.

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  • Charles W.
  • 2/17/2015 7:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome gpu

Pros: I have had this card for a little over 2 weeks now and I can honestly say I have never been more satisfied with my purchase. Switched back over to amd after many years of nvidia and honestly I would chose an amd card over nvidia anyday. Runs every game I throw at it hitting atleast 60 fps on ultra. I love that this card is smaller than most of the other 280x and 290s because I still love using my old antec 300 (ancient I know but I don't see any reason to switch cases after I did a bit of modding for cable management. Some people complain about the heat but I havent had an issue, my card usually sits at around 50c under load, so nothing awful.

Cons: Some people say the power consumption is a flaw but this beast needs it. I'm running this off of a Rosewell 600watt and I'm not having an issues. It was a bit heavy a sagged ever so slightly but with the after market cooling system this thing has I am not complaining

Other Thoughts: Looking for a somewhat future proof card, with astounding performance and amazing price tag, this baby is for you.

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  • edwin d.
  • 2/16/2015 12:29:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Impressive Card!!! As always MSI Gaming cards are quite pleasing to the Eye! Backplate is awesome, perhaps best attribute to this card, absolutely no leaning, sagging, or dropping. Gaming app is great!! Card seems to run cool, and despite negative comments I can't hear it at all Price Is outstanding I highly recommend

Cons: Not really a Con but really not a huge upgrade from the HD 7950. I bought this card to help out a friend with a 7850 I had in another rig, moved the 7950 there and installed it in this rig.
OC setting ran valley Heaven huge disparity in frames with a max at 182.3 and min at 27.0 92.5 fps finish.

Other Thoughts: Have owned several Msi products in past always happy with quality. As a rule I stay away from anything with a rebate. I have never gotten one even tho I did all paperwork correctly. They are all on my blacklist and will not buy from anyone who cheated me on rebate. hope this doesn't happen here as I do like MSI products !! Time will tell If I own any further MSI products. Rebates to me are a sad part of the business design for people to either forget or get refused out of it wish Companies would just give all a good price and get rid of the rebate nonsense, which by the way has to cost them $$$ just to do, Ridiculous

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  • ROLF T.
  • 1/26/2015 8:24:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy favorite card to date

Pros: -Second Fastest AMD Card for great price
-Uber cooler for heat dissipation
-MSI's military grade components
-One of the best overclocking cards I've ever used
-4GB Frame Buffer for all the filters
-Great I/O for all your monitor needs
-One of the best looking cards I've ever used

Cons: -Runs at about 80c at max (OC'd) load
-Sucks up a massive amount of power (Almost 300w under full load)
-Can get quite loud under full load
-Requires two separate pcie cables (1 8pin, 1 6pin)
-Requires a case with ample room and airflow

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Other Thoughts: I got this card to replace my dual 270x crossfire setup. Moving away from crossfire was one of the best decisions I've ever made with regard to computers. The MSI R9 290 is one beast of a card. In benchmarks it stacks up right along the GTX 970 (And even faster in AMD optimized games). Out of the box the card has a base clock of 937MHz and memory clock of 1250MHz. After only a little fiddling I got the boost clock running at 1060MHz and the memory at 1450HMz (The more power you push through the card the higher your settings will be). No matter what I threw at it this 290 never slowed and never cared. Farcry 4 at Ultra and Battlefield 4 at Ultra were both far above the ideal 60FPS at 1080p. Even Star Citizen maxed out always stayed above 30FPS at 1080p.

No card is without it's draw backs and this card does have a few. First, under full load this card is HOT. During gameplay in Farcry 4 I would easily see upper 70s and even into the low 80s. With all the heat that this card puts out the fans have to spin faster and faster. Under full load the fans would spin up to about 50%-70% and they are quite noisy (Not the loudest I've used though). Lastly this card is an absolute power hog. Under full load the card will be sucking upwards of 300w by itself. My computer is using a 600w PSU and it is barely scraping buy. If you are lower than 600w DO NOT BUY THIS CARD. You'll be starving it of power and it is not going to function properly. You'll also run the risk of burning out your PSU.

All in all this is the best card I've ever used and I absolutely recommend it. With the R9 300 series right around the corner these cards are going to be an absolute steal. Buy yours now before their all gone because they will go fast.

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