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

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  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
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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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  • Ellen G.
  • 8/26/2014 8:10:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Runs all game sat Ultra 60fps

Cons: AMD drivers t are something to be weary about but once I found a good version that worked with my computer (Beta 14.7) It was smooth sailing.

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  • Jeremy P.
  • 8/19/2014 11:19:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA+ great card for gaming

Pros: price, easy setup, graphics make all my games look 10x better from my last machine, well built

Cons: puts out some heat in case not sure if video card or power supply or mobo/cpu not risking overclocking had to turn overclocking off it got so warm in my steel tower

Other Thoughts: Very satisfied with card would buy again.

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  • Nicholas V.
  • 8/14/2014 11:40:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe cards work great seperate

Pros: Both cards I have (290 & 290X) work well on any game I throw at them. They are monsters.

Cons: My first 290 had to be returned because of leaking oil from the fans, meaning the barrings were not tight enough... Why does this happen to me?

Other Thoughts: I cannot get CrossfieX to work on newer drivers past 13.11 CCC. I have tried everything, and CCC just does not want to have CFX enabled after 13.11 with these two MSI cards.

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  • James S.
  • 8/10/2014 10:06:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor service and black screens

Pros: Card is fast when it's working

Cons: Card black screens when transitioning between low power states. This means it crashes sometimes when you close a game or tab out to look at a web browser, and it can't be recovered without a full power cycle (hard reset won't get it).

Other Thoughts: Their tech support page is broken. When I try to fill it out in chrome, one of the fields that is marked "required" is not editable and the submit button doesn't do anything. I can only surmise that the process gets pretty ugly if they can't even craft a functioning web form to collect information on my problem. I suspect I could benefit from a different bios, but I don't have a good way to ask MSI if they have an official one for me to try so I have to play around with 3rd party stuff.

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, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Joel H.
  • 7/26/2014 10:20:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStraight Forward Review!

Pros: Benchmarks I Ran On This Card (Everything Maxed Out)

Grid Auto Sport - 60 Avg FPS - 82c Max Heat
Thief - 66 Avg FPS - 88c Max Heat
Tomb Raider - 42 Avg FPS - 92c Max Heat
Just Cause 2 - 58 Avg FPS - 82c Max Heat
Company of Heroes - 36 Avg FPS - 80c Max Heat

Cons: As you can see above this card gets HOT! (In Skyrim and other less demanding games it stays around 65c)
Demands ALOT of power 350-400 watts
Needs one 8 pin power connector and one 6 pin (I would have like to have two of the same but its not a big deal)

Other Thoughts: I have this paired up with a FX-8320 and Corsair Vengeance RAM, my case is a corsair Air 540 so i have great cooling.

I upgraded from a Asus 7870 Crossfire setup and this card is anywhere from -5% to 35% Better or worse, depending on the game.

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  • Ryan O.
  • 7/23/2014 6:08:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood Upgrade

Pros: -Maxes out every game I own. But this is at 1440x900. I need to get a new monitor but this card should still max out my games @ 1080p.
-BF4 w/ ultra settings @ 80-100+ FPS

-Worry free installation
-MSI's cooler looks pretty cool
-No artifacts or any other graphic issues(@ stock settings)

Cons: -This thing gets hot. I'm running MSI afterburner with a fan speed curve.
-Idles @ 45-55 C
-Around 72-75 C when playing games like BF4
-With Kombuster stress test, temps shoot up to high 80s C
-Fan is quite loud at 100% but it usually doesn't get that high under normal gaming

-Card is heavy and I worry a bit about it sagging in my computer

Other Thoughts: -Get 4/5 eggs b/c of heat. I know these 290s get hot but I would like to see temps be 10C cooler.

-I wanted to get the ASUS version of this card but it wouldn't fit in my case. This MSI card fits perfectly and it isn't much different from ASUS' cooler.

-I had to buy a new PSU for this card(corsair RM750)

-I'm extremely happy with this card and it is like night and day coming from a HD7770

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  • Dennis V.
  • 7/22/2014 12:50:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for your buck

Pros: The card runs everything I throw at it smoothly when paired with my AMD FX-8350 CPU. It runs cool and very very quiet. Just out of curiosity, I cranked the fan up to 100% and it was insanely quiet.

Another pro is that it fits into a mid-size case (specifically the Antec 300) like a glove. Most other R9 290s are monstrous in size but this one is compact and fits well.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Great value and I believe that it is the best model of this GPU.

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  • 7/12/2014 7:31:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: This thing is a beast, I am running at 1040mhz temps with auto fan mode and not going over 75c max load and benchmarking like crazy. Runs quite and any game thus far. combo with a i7 4790k oc to 4.6 ghz im getting a 1711 in Heaven benchmark Min 30.2 max 141.9

Cons: Non so far great buy very happy

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  • Ellen G.
  • 7/7/2014 7:45:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood So Far

Pros: Very fast, runs cool, a bit noisy. Overclockable and does not void MSI's warranty by doing so.

Cons: Nothing so far

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  • Eleanor C.
  • 7/5/2014 6:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpgraded from 5850

Pros: So far, so good. It works. Afterburner has nice options and a nice hardware monitor, mantle works great on Bf4 as it should. The card itself is sturdy and looks great in my case.

Cons: Biggest problem I have is it's weight, I don't know if all cards weigh 15lbs these days but the thing is so heavy I feel like it's going to rip my motherboard off it's case mounts and shatter around this beast in a million pieces.

The fan at 100% sounds like it's about to fly off, I really don't want it ever going above 80%, I'm afraid it'll break, especially after reading some of the other reviews here..

Afterburner isn't saving my overclock or profile, on startup it always defaults to stock, not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: This card combined with a 8350 vashera or any other AMD cpu is going to render Elder Scrolls Online unplayable, as I just found out.

Apparently Zenimax is in bed with Intel and Nvidia right now, because I can't even play at the lowest resolution and lowest settings without experiencing stuttering and poor framerates. Based on similar performance issues with my previous 5850 this leads me to believe that the CPU is bottlenecking. OR even worse, it's programmed obsolescence.

This isn't listed as a CON because, Mantle is still a relatively new API and ESO is a new MMO by a newer studio which doesn't even take advantage of Mantle.

Maybe if they did... hmm.. lol nah, keep dreamin'.

OH ONE OTHER THING!! Dear NEWEGG, can you please have a good talkin' to with whoever was responsible for shipping my graphics card, they put all of the plastic bag bubblewrap on the top of the box, basically only a quarter inch of styrofoam and half inch of cardboard were protecting the bottom of my graphics card, let this be a testament to how sturdy the MSI R9 290 is against inept packing and shipping employees. Or how awesome UPS is at shipping a 3-5 day shipping plan in 2 days and handling it with care.

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