MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4 GB

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming 4 GB

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Introduction



AMD's Radeon R9 290X is built on the company's new Hawaii GPU, the first truly new high-end graphics chip from the company in a very long time (21 months). Using 6.8 billion transistors, the GPU is built on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC, Taiwan; it features 2816 shaders and 64 ROPs connected to 4 GB of memory using a 512-bit wide memory bus.



We are reviewing the MSI Radeon R9 290X GAMING today. It comes with an overclock of 30 MHz on its GPU. Memory clocks are unchanged. The thermal solution is MSI's famous TwinFrozr dual-fan cooler, which should help tame the R9 290X's heat output. According to MSI, the card retails at around $700, but we've seen prices much higher than that, especially on Newegg.

Radeon R9 290X Market Segment Analysis
  HD 7970
GHz Ed.
GeForce
GTX 680
GeForce
GTX 780
Radeon
R9 290
Radeon
R9 290X
MSI R9
290X Gaming
Radeon
HD 7990
GeForce
GTX Titan
GeForce
GTX 780 Ti
GeForce
GTX 690
Shader Units2048153623042560281628162x 2048268828802x 1536
ROPs3232486464642x 3248482x 32
Graphics ProcessorTahitiGK104GK110HawaiiHawaiiHawaii2x TahitiGK110GK1102x GK104
Transistors4310M3500M7100M6200M6200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M2x 3500M
Memory Size3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width384 bit256 bit384 bit512 bit512 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 256 bit
Core Clock1050 MHz1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1000 MHz1030 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+915 MHz+
Memory Clock1500 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1502 MHz
Price$470$400$480$500$600$700$900$1000$680$1000
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