MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

3D Mark 11

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review

3D Mark 11

3D Mark 11 is renowned for needing the best possible architecture underneath the hood, and initially it appears that the 290 at stock hasn't quite got the raw power to make up the gap. However you have to cast your eye high up the graph to see how the MSI performs when overclocked, and it's ahead of some big names, such as the ASUS 290X and even MSIs own GTX780 Lightning. A good start.

MSI R9 290 Gaming Review  

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15-02-2014, 07:00:15


The big problem with the R9 290 was the heat, so does the MSI Twin Frozr unleash the beast?

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15-02-2014, 07:35:57

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

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

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