Review: MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G
R9 290 Meets Twin Frozr IV
Late last year along with the unveil of AMD’s flagship Radeon R9 290X graphics card, AMD also unveiled a lower cost offering, the Radeon R9 290, which promised only slightly lower performance at a significantly lower price.
Since then the Radeon R9 290 has been extremely popular, and due to high demand and a shortage in components, we haven’t really seen any custom designed Radeon R9 290’s on the market until late last January.
That said, today we’ll be reviewing a the MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G, which is MSI’s latest custom designed graphics card based off AMD’s Radeon R9 290 GPU. Given that the Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G is one of MSI’s gaming series graphics cards, we can already expect a number of features such as MSI’s Twin Frozr IV cooler, Military Class components, and a slight overclock, which are pretty standard across MSI’s entire line of gaming graphics cards.
|GPU||AMD Radeon R9 280X||AMD Radeon R9 290||AMD Radeon R9 290X||MSI Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G|
|Core Clock||850MHz Base / 1000MHz Boost||662MHz Base / 947MHz Boost||727MHz Base / 1000 Boost||662MHz Base / 1007MHz Boost|
|Architecture||GCN 1.0||GCN 1.1||GCN 1.1||GCN 1.1|
|Memory Buffer Size||3GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Frequency||6.0GHz||5.0 GHz||5.0 GHz||5.0 GHz|
|Additional Features||N/A||Mantle, True Audio||Mantle, True Audio||Mantle, True Audio, Twin Frozr IV, Military Class Components|
Looking at the specifications on the R9 290 Gaming, there’s not all that much that stands out – at least on paper. The R9 290 Gaming will be overclocked out of the box to a healthy 1007MHz, which is a decent boost up from the 947MHz boost clocks from the reference design. Additionally, given that the R9 290 Gaming is based off AMD’s latest Hawaii class GPUs, we’re also going to get support for AMD’s Mantle API as well as their True Audio technology when it arrives sometime this year.