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Published on July 8th, 2014 | by James Logie

MSI R9 290 Gaming OC Edition Review

Brand: MSI
Model: R9 290 Gaming
RRP:  £300-£320

When Micro Star International, MSI, started out in the computer business long ago in 1986, the mainstream computing industry for the masses was practically non-existent. You either had to be made of money or connected in one of the few jobs which allowed you to work on computers to be able to use a computer, quite the stark contrast from today. MSI was one of the first companies to bring computers to the masses, not just into the home but also into differing industries such as education and communication, which has revolutionised the ways we live our lives today.

In today’s market we see fierce competition between Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, with all of the companies producing a vast array of products which all compete against each other at both extremes of the spectrum, whether that be by price or performance. MSI have really been pushing their GAMING Series and for good reason. The red and black colour scheme is one of the most recognisable and popular amongst system builders and enthusiasts, team that with brilliant performance, great cooling and a good price point and you seemingly can’t go wrong with a product from MSI’s GAMING Series. Today we are going to take a look at a graphics card from their higher end, the R9 290 Gaming. On paper this card is one of the best bang for buck on the market. However, as we all know too well, performance on paper does not always correlate to what we find in real world testing, so without making you wait any longer, lets get on with the testing.

What MSI has to say about the R9 290 Gaming:

A graphics card is the single most important element for more FPS. As gamers, we understand that not just any graphics card will do. That’s why we bring you the best of the best. We don’t want to bug you with noise and heat, but we DO want to give you more performance. With MSI GAMING series graphics cards you get just that. Most MSI GAMING graphics cards come pre-overclocked out of the factory. This simply means that you get more performance out of your card, Without spending any time checking for maximum clocks or stability. Pre-overclocked graphics cards simply give more performance, and you don’t have to worry about damaging your card. It is completely covered by our warranty. 


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