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MSI's Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC Pictured

By - Source: Hermitage Akihabara | B 29 comments

MSI's upcoming R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC is big and shiny.

Image Source: Hermitage AkihabaraImage Source: Hermitage AkihabaraMSI has revealed its upcoming Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC graphics card, and it's a big one.

The graphics card, which features a non-reference PCB design is, as its name indicates, also equipped with the TwinFrozr 4S cooler. This is a bigger variant of the TwinFrozr 4 cooler, which allows the card to run cool enough to reach the full 1.0 GHz GPU clock speed. The card is powered by an 8+6-pin PCIe power connector configuration. The card also features a backplate.Image Source: Hermitage AkihabaraImage Source: Hermitage Akihabara

In addition to this graphics card, MSI is reportedly also working on a Radeon R9 290X Lightning card, as detailed in this story.

The MSI Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC graphics card is expected to hit the market sometime between late-December and early-January. In Japan the card will retail for 80,000 Yen, which translates to about $775. Ouch!

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    Anonymous , December 17, 2013 6:56 AM
    Wake me up when these things cost what they were advertised to cost. Was so excited to get an aftermarket 290 once I saw the performance for the price despite the horrible blower. AMD better get its shit in gear soon or green team is getting my money (have had a new PC waiting on new GPU since October). I've been a diehard AMD supporter for years, but this BS bait and switch with the price is garbage.

    I get it, they want to gouge the litecoin miners or whatever, more power to them. But we better see some inventory shortly after so that the people who wanted to use these cards for their intended purpose (GAMING) can actually afford them.

    Yeah, I'm bitter.
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    brazuka331 , December 17, 2013 6:26 AM
    She either has tiny hands or that card is huge
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    brazuka331 , December 17, 2013 6:26 AM
    She either has tiny hands or that card is huge
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    ingtar33 , December 17, 2013 6:29 AM
    does the girl come with the card?
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    ps3hacker12 , December 17, 2013 6:55 AM
    Awesome! Can't wait for more custom cooling cards, but I am more excited for r9-290 custom cards :) 
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2013 6:56 AM
    Wake me up when these things cost what they were advertised to cost. Was so excited to get an aftermarket 290 once I saw the performance for the price despite the horrible blower. AMD better get its shit in gear soon or green team is getting my money (have had a new PC waiting on new GPU since October). I've been a diehard AMD supporter for years, but this BS bait and switch with the price is garbage.

    I get it, they want to gouge the litecoin miners or whatever, more power to them. But we better see some inventory shortly after so that the people who wanted to use these cards for their intended purpose (GAMING) can actually afford them.

    Yeah, I'm bitter.
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    vmem , December 17, 2013 7:08 AM
    ^dude, you have to realize that tech cost more in other countries...

    just be glad you live in US and wait for the american price tag to come out
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    west7 , December 17, 2013 7:28 AM
    reference amd r9-290x cost 900$ in my country
    about this msi card i excited to how the twin frowzer cooling will effect the performance
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    jimmysmitty , December 17, 2013 7:40 AM
    I doubt they will price gouge it to $775. I found a story with a rumor that a Asus DCUII R9-290X will launch at about $629 so.....
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    hapkido , December 17, 2013 8:07 AM
    AMD sets a retail price, and if vendors choose to sell it for more or less, that's up to them.

    Prices are high now because of low availability (caused by litecoin miners). Once supply catches up to demand, prices will normalize. I want a 290 or 290X too (which I'll purchase with LTC profits), but I just have to wait.
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    Trmmo , December 17, 2013 8:21 AM
    @ingtar33

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89hkmQKx9p4
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    3ogdy , December 17, 2013 8:37 AM
    $775?!

    What a joke. Gonna sell like hot-cakes - NOT.
    Price it to 775$ and see how many you'll sell. Even some AMD fans might either switch to nVidia or buy the chip from another manufacturer, Micro Star International.
    Sapphire / ASUS cards will also be available, so you can keep your cards, MSI...even though the TwinFrozr is one of the best aftermarket coolers out there...the DirectCU II is awesome.

    ($775 dollars...hahahahaha)
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    Nossy , December 17, 2013 8:44 AM
    What's the point of a good price to performance ratio when it is scarcely available and vendors overpriced them? That's the same as nVidia releasing their product 6-8 months ahead and set the price high. I am seeing these cards going for as high as a Geforce 780 TI, and those are reference with loud ass fans. At this rate, nVidia would have an answer in Q1 before the r9 becomes available at the "MSRP". This is just ridiculous.
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    ojas , December 17, 2013 9:14 AM
    Americans should relax, I'm pretty sure it's just Japan's local price. In my country a GTX 670 still costs an equivalent of $480.
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    Nossy , December 17, 2013 9:17 AM
    What's the point of a good price to performance ratio when it is scarcely available and vendors overpriced them? That's the same as nVidia releasing their product 6-8 months ahead and set the price high. I am seeing these cards going for as high as a Geforce 780 TI, and those are reference with loud ass fans. At this rate, nVidia would have an answer in Q1 before the r9 becomes available at the "MSRP". This is just ridiculous.
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    miketen587 , December 17, 2013 9:18 AM
    You cut out off the best part of the picture...
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    Blazer1985 , December 17, 2013 9:31 AM
    Yeah, don't use the hands as a benchmark, use the boobs instead :-D
    From what I can tell this card should be about the size of a double D cup bra :-D
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    Anonymous , December 17, 2013 10:11 AM
    You guys need to be aware that this isn't just price conversion issues. Currently, there is a ~$100 USD price markup on every R9 card above the 270X. 280Xs are $400 (the MSRP of the 290), 290s are $500, and 290Xs are around $600. And this is for reference models, which makes the $700 price tags on aftermarket 290Xs sound not so farfetched.
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    clonazepam , December 17, 2013 11:04 AM
    MSI is the first to get the logo in the right direction on the backplate. That's something. I also bet this will be a tight fit for any case with a side panel fan. If your case's exhaust fan is (god forbid) 80mm, or even 120mm, take some measurements.
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    eklipz330 , December 17, 2013 11:52 AM
    so am i the only one that's happy for AMD's recent successes due to litecoin mining? They're selling a boatload of cards way above MSRP. good for them.

    maybe im just happy because i sold my 7970 for twice of what i purchased for it. ill be switching to the green team if they dont stock up, but im sure they wont mind
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    azzazel_99 , December 17, 2013 2:39 PM
    for that price you mine as well get a 780ti!
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    robochump , December 17, 2013 2:42 PM
    Never seen an OC'd graphics card worth the premium price. Also I like the 290X speed but it is one serious power hog. Im sure I would see a difference in my utility bill...lol.
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