MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

Test Setup

MSI R9 290 Gaming 
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64 

Overclocking

There is a lot of extra performance to be had now the card is being kept cool, with 120MHz over and above the 'out the box' OC setting, and a further 400MHz on the GDDR5. Hopefully this leads to the performance improvements we expect.

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review 

Temperatures

With the knowledge that the Radeon is designed to run up to 95°C it says a lot for how well the Twin Frozr works in keeping the Hawaii core down to 85°C, and more importantly it's quiet.

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Most Recent Comments

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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