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MSI R9 290 Series Gaming 4G Graphics Cards Available Now

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MSI is bringing its custom R9 290 cards to the market.

MSI is among the first, not to reveal, but to bring a custom Radeon R9 290 series graphics card to the market. The MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G and R9 290X GAMING 4G are now both available in stores.

The graphics cards feature MSI's TwinFrozr IV cooler, as well as a custom PCB design that carries the company's Military Class 4 Components. These components offer a longer lifetime and more stable performance.

The MSI R9 290 GAMING 4G card will feature clock speeds of 1007 MHz under OC mode, 977 MHz in gaming mode, and 947 MHz (reference frequency) in silent mode. The memory will always be clocked at 5.0 GHz.

In addition, the MSI R9 290X GAMING 4G will feature an OC mode clock speed of 1040 MHz, a gaming mode frequency of 1030 MHz, and a silent mode frequency of 1000 MHz, which is also the AMD reference frequency. Like the R9 290 GAMING 4G, the memory will be clocked at 5.0 GHz under all circumstances unless manually overclocked.

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    azzazel_99 , December 26, 2013 10:35 AM
    Interesting.
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    rad666 , December 26, 2013 10:51 AM
    But can it, unlike the reference models, SUSTAIN those numbers?
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    derekullo , December 26, 2013 10:52 AM
    Extreme Heat is too cool.
    We're gonna have to go right to ludicrous heat.
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    Yuka , December 26, 2013 11:06 AM
    Quote:
    Extreme Heat is too cool.
    We're gonna have to go right to ludicrous heat.


    Whats the matter Colonel Sanders? CHICKENNNN?

    Cheers! xD

    PS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygE01sOhzz0
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    eklipz330 , December 26, 2013 12:20 PM
    so i haven't seen any 290's going out of stock in the past week or so.. i wonder if the litecoin bubble popped.

    im gpu-less at the moment, but selling my 7970 for twice what i paid for was a no-brainer
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    jimmysmitty , December 26, 2013 1:07 PM
    Quote:
    But can it, unlike the reference models, SUSTAIN those numbers?


    It should. There are reviews that show the Asus R9 290X DCUII keeping its 1050MHz core without breaking a sweat. It only would drop between level loads which is normal.

    What is weird is that I cannot find anything except the Gigabyte Windforce for sale. I have not seen this or the DCUII yet and the Windforce has been on Egg for over a week.
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    moto nack , December 26, 2013 1:56 PM
    Where is this available?
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    yyk71200 , December 26, 2013 2:25 PM
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    Here is a nice video to demonstrate that the 290s are still crap compared to the 780 even with water, and being almost 600$ for non reference models, there is no point to these anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaHh-y51us

    Edit: Keep downvoting fanboys, results are there regardless of your own biased opinion, the 290 was a decent card at 400$, with all thermal limitations removed the gtx 780 IS STILL BETTER, and now cheaper.


    The reason 290s are expensive is because people actually buy them in good amounts.
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    maxiim , December 26, 2013 2:27 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Here is a nice video to demonstrate that the 290s are still crap compared to the 780 even with water, and being almost 600$ for non reference models, there is no point to these anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaHh-y51us

    Edit: Keep downvoting fanboys, results are there regardless of your own biased opinion, the 290 was a decent card at 400$, with all thermal limitations removed the gtx 780 IS STILL BETTER, and now cheaper.


    The reason 290s are expensive is because people actually buy them in good amounts.


    Miners buy them for litecoin mining, not gaming use, which they were intended for, either way price is price, and the 290 is no longer good value or better than a 780.
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    jimmysmitty , December 26, 2013 3:07 PM
    Quote:
    Here is a nice video to demonstrate that the 290s are still crap compared to the 780 even with water, and being almost 600$ for non reference models, there is no point to these anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaHh-y51us

    Edit: Keep downvoting fanboys, results are there regardless of your own biased opinion, the 290 was a decent card at 400$, with all thermal limitations removed the gtx 780 IS STILL BETTER, and now cheaper.


    Price I will agree with you on. They should have never let the price jump that much.

    But in terms of raw performance? They are so spot on it is hilarious that you are pushing so much hate. They saw a 2FPS difference at best which could be considered negligible.

    I will say this, the 290 series is better equipped for higher resolutions later down the road with the extra 1GB VRAM and wider memory bus.
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    maxiim , December 26, 2013 3:23 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Here is a nice video to demonstrate that the 290s are still crap compared to the 780 even with water, and being almost 600$ for non reference models, there is no point to these anymore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqaHh-y51us

    Edit: Keep downvoting fanboys, results are there regardless of your own biased opinion, the 290 was a decent card at 400$, with all thermal limitations removed the gtx 780 IS STILL BETTER, and now cheaper.


    Price I will agree with you on. They should have never let the price jump that much.

    But in terms of raw performance? They are so spot on it is hilarious that you are pushing so much hate. They saw a 2FPS difference at best which could be considered negligible.

    I will say this, the 290 series is better equipped for higher resolutions later down the road with the extra 1GB VRAM and wider memory bus.


    I'd say pushing hate is a little hard as I was looking to buy a non ref 290 myself. Everything taken into consideration, how long do you think it will take for 1440p to become mainstream? Or even 4k to be priced below 1000$, vram and memory bandwith make no difference unless you're strictly gaming on multi monitors etc or high resolutions which majority of people arent yet, and if you are spending that kind of money on displays you will most likely have the funds to get 780ti's or titans. Like I said at 400$ the 290 was a very desirable card, at 520 for ref and almost 600 for non ref that negligible 2fps is not worth the extra ~100$ anyway you look at it. There is no hate just being realistic, everyone pumped the 290 cause it was priced 100$ less than the 780 and it performed similarly, now its the other way around.
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    hapkiman , December 26, 2013 4:42 PM
    This is when I'll seriously consider getting rid of my EVGA GTX 770, and getting a R9 290 (x).

    Otherwise, I just can't tolerate 95C degree temps in my room coming from a card. Thats crazy hot. My Superclocked GTX 770 peaks around 65 to 68C.
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    hapkiman , December 26, 2013 4:43 PM
    Sorry meant to attach this link:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ekwb-asus-r9-290x-directcu,25510.html
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    krobjack , December 26, 2013 4:58 PM
    Too bad AMD has suffered such a huge price increase over the last month, or I'd consider getting a 290.
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    3ogdy , December 26, 2013 5:49 PM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125500
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125499
    Windforce 3X.
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    axefire0 , December 26, 2013 6:35 PM
    AMD should increase production to restore the price to original levels
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    krobjack , December 26, 2013 9:46 PM
    I hope so. I was hoping to get one at the 450-ish range since the ref designs were 400-ish. Even that is a tough sell when my lightning 7970 is still going strong.
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    falchard , December 27, 2013 2:20 AM
    AMD has not suffered a price increase. At least I don't think that's how AMD is viewing this.
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    makaveli316 , December 27, 2013 3:32 AM
    Don't understand why people is complaining about high temps, when the card will be replaced in few years. Same goes for the 3GB memory being not enough cause 1440p is coming. By the time 1440 is out with a good price, your 780 will be history.
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