MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

Unigine Heaven

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

Unigine Heaven

Unsurprisingly the architecture that underpins the R9 290 is, slightly, shown up as lacking when it comes to Unigine Heaven. It's such a capable benchmark and free from the influence of driver tricks that it's a near perfect representation of the raw power available.

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MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

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15-02-2014, 07:35:57

Excalabur50
Another quality review and what an amazing card for the price and to see the numbers jump with Mantle....just wow, going to be interesting to see how much further Mantle goes as the technology maturesQuote

15-02-2014, 07:36:15

WYP
Good review as always Tom.

mantle gave a good increase in performance there, especially given the CPU your using.
Only time will tell how much mantle will benefit gamers, lets hope Thief comes to market with full support for ALL GCN GPUs and works in Crossfire unlike BF4 at present.

One thing i will add here, the PCB on this MSI card is reference,so it is watercooling capable (checked by EK here), but also contains some of higher quality components compared to the reference card (MSI military class) and likely could be a higher binned chip.

Definitely worth considering for those water cooling or planning to watercool a 290, especially those who can't watercool immediately considering the stock card's noise levels and throttling. It also has a good looking backplate at stockQuote

15-02-2014, 07:39:12

Zoot
MSi have really upped their game with the Twin Frozr coolers.

My old MSi GTX 560 with the Twin Frozr II cooler, while being fine when it's idle sounds like an aeroplane while gaming.Quote

15-02-2014, 08:14:38

Scainer
Nice to see the overclock. Was just playing super safe with a 1047.Quote

15-02-2014, 12:15:02

AverageNinja
That's one sexy card! AMD is back in the high-end competition Quote
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