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MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr Gaming OC Overclocked Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts


The R9 290X 4GB is priced all over the place coming in between $700 and $800 depending on the brand. Along with that, stock is also a little all over the place with some models being available and some not. The good news is that the MSI variant of the R9 290X 4GB comes in at the middle of the pack and is in stock at the time of writing.


The model on a whole continues to be a strong performer, but even with MSI throwing on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler, overclocking on the model continues to be quite limited. We got a bit of movement with the core, however, not much happened when it came to the 4GB of GDDR5. As soon as we started to move the memory clock north, our system would become unstable.


The highlight of the model, though, is the cooler more than anything, and the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cooler is wonderful. The 19c drop in load temperature on the core is fantastic, and combined with the slight drop in noise levels, we really have a strong improvement over the reference cooler.


As for the performance side of things, you're going to see a slight boost out of the box thanks to the small core increase that MSI offers. As for the overclocking side of things, the R9 290X 4GB model on a whole just doesn't seem to have a whole lot of room. This is the fourth time we've overclocked the model, and all four times we've had little success. We had hoped that when MSI released a newer version of Afterburner we'd see more room, but testing with multiple versions now we haven't really seen anything... at least not anything to get excited about, which would bring us to publish more articles over our original overclock one.


It will be interesting to see if MSI brings a Lightning version of the card to the market. If overclocking head room on a whole is just not that strong, the company may well choose to not worry about it. Since we don't know AMD's future roadmap at the moment and considering that NVIDIA just launched the GTX TITAN Black, it's possible that AMD may choose to retaliate in some way later down the track.


Let's move away from all that, though, and onto a few more specifics of the MSI R9 290X 4GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC. The bundle is pretty standard with not much being seen. In typical fashion, the company has let the actual product do the talking, and the highlight of this product is the cooler.


If you found yourself uncomfortable with the heat numbers that the reference R9 290X 4GB put out, then this is a fantastic option. Out of the box, you're going to see a bit of extra performance thanks to the slight overclock MSI has given. What you're paying for here, though, is the improved cooler. The Twin Frozr line of coolers hasn't disappointed us before, and today again we see that it doesn't.



PRICING: You can find the MSI R9 290X 4GB for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The MSI R9 290X 4GB retails for $771.65 at Amazon.


Canada: The MSI R9 290X 4GB retails for CDN$830.00 at Amazon Canada.




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