We've mentioned a number of times how impressed we've been with the R series of video cards from AMD, and the R9 290X 4GB was a clear stand out. While AMD did hold the lead for the fastest single GPU card for a bit, it didn't take NVIDIA long to retaliate with the release of the GTX 780 Ti 3GB, which saw both companies performing quite close to each other.
While we're yet to see a non-reference cooled GTX 780 Ti 3GB, we're fortunate enough to see our first R9 290X 4GB. Coming from MSI and falling under the Twin Frozr Gaming series, it's, of course, a name we've heard about a lot, and today we're really excited to see just what this series can do for AMD's top video card.
While we found ourselves very happy with what AMD did with the performance of its top card, there's no denying that the card ran both quite warm and quite loud. This is an issue that we're hoping MSI can fix with the Twin Frozr IV cooler. There's really not much more that needs to be said, so let's get stuck into the package to see just what MSI is offering us.
Taking a look at the front of the box, you can see a very standard setup with the black and red color scheme going on and clear branding of the card being part of the Gaming series. Looking towards the bottom corner, you can see that the card is an OC Edition and carries with it the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler.
Turning the box over, you can see the main highlights of the card, which include support for the MSI Gaming APP alongside Military Class 4, which brings with it Hi-C and Solid Capacitors. The other big feature is, of course, the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler, which MSI claims will bring with it a drop in both temperature and noise levels. We're hoping it's true and we'll check it out later.
Moving inside the package, you can see that there's not a whole lot going on as usual. You can see we've got the quick user guide and driver CD, along with the DVI to VGA connector. Like we saw in the MSI GTX 750 Ti 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC the other day, we also have a leaflet on the Hybrid BIOS that MSI is using. Finally, we finish off the bundle with two power convertors, one a Molex to 6-Pin PCIe connector and the other a 6-Pin PCIe to 8-Pin PCIe connector.