asus and msi top-end amd radeon r9 290x graphics cards compared
Its new \"Hawaii\" graphics core features an improved GCN architecture that supports up to 44 GCN computing units.
This marks the improvement of the 32 computing units of the previous generation top-
End of Radeon HD 7970.
In addition, as part of the GPU chip, the new gpusupport AMD TrueAudio technology integrates a fully programmable audio engine.
For players who see more
Gpuse tup, they will be happy to know that the r9290x supports improved AMD firefight feature where a hardware strap is not required (
Cross Fire Ribbon)anymore.
With these features in mind, AMDis strives to \"bring a more immersive gaming experience\" for PC players \".
\"We have ordered two AMD r9290x cards from Asus and MSI.
Let\'s take a look at adding
In card partners further expanded AMD\'s commitment to players!
Asus Radeon r9290x card is equipped with a familiar directcuoling system.
It consists mainly of five copper heat pipes of different diameters, which dissipate heat from the GPU.
The thickest heat pipes are 10mm in diameter, and together with other heat pipes, their heat dissipation is helped by CoolTech cooling technology.
There is a CoolTech fan and a regular 80mm fan that provides air
The cooling of the aluminum finstack of the card.
The Asus card\'s Hawaiian core clock has been super-locked to 1050 MHz.
In contrast, the boost engine clock speed of the reference R9 290X is up to 1000 MHz;
Therefore, we expect the performance of Asus cards to be better.
As for the memory modules of Asus cards, they are also overclocking to 5400 MHz, rising from the reference value of 400 MHz to 5000 MHz. .
Increased memory bandwidth to 345.
6 Gb/s, over 512-
Bit-wide memory bus.
Like all typical Radeon r9290x cards, this card is also equipped with 4 gb of GDDR video memory.
There are also many notable features on this card.
For beginners, the familiar rear metal back plate can provide some passive cooling and support the cooling system and PCB of the card.
Focusing on the back of the card, we can see the BIOS switch that switches between mute and performance mode profiles.
As shown below, the switch is in the performance mode position by default.
In silent mode, the GPU of the card and its memory module are set to run at the default clock speed.
The card features 6-pin, and a 8-
Pin Molex connector, there are four LEDs to light up when cartoon electricity.
Near the front edge of the PCB of the card, we see six voltage modification points.
When these points are welded correctly, they will allow extreme power users to bypass the built-in
In the protective measures of overheating and over-current protection, so that the card can be further locked.
Under the hood, the card features an ultra-alloy power capacitor, choke, and mosfet that drives asus\'s proprietary Digi VRM digital power transmission design.
For those curious, the card uses 8-
Phase power supply system.
Video port by pair-link DVI-
D connector, a display port and a HDMIinterface.
It has a slight deviation from the reference R9 290X that provides two double-link DVI ports; one is DVI-
D, another, DVI-I.
As you have noticed now, the Asus card has an undecorated metal fan cover;
However, it has two sets of metal decals for the owner to customize the look of the shroud.
MSI Radeon R9 290X4g games, based on the popularity of their game series, run a slightly overclocking \"Hawaii\" core at a rated frequency of 1040 MHz.
Its 4GB GDDR5 memory module maintains the default clock speed of 5000 MHz. Like the high-
The card is the ultimate card for the game series, bundled with the game software utility, allowing users to switch between the three performance profiles of OC, game and silent mode.
Out of the box, the card\'s BIOS defaults to OCmode, in which GPUis is over-locked to a medium 1040 MHz.
In game mode, its base clock speed drops slightly to 1030 MHz.
In silent mode, the card works at the default clock speed (1000MHz).
In these modes, the memory module remains unaffected and remains stable at 5000 MHz.
MSIcard features a dual Frozr IV cooling system with its familiar red-on-
Black fan body
The cooling system consists of two 100mm fans and five copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU.
Heat from the GPU is transmitted from the heat pipe to a large aluminum fin grid array cooled by a pair of fans.
In addition, there is a metal plate on the components of the PCB (such as Hynix memory modules and VRM components) for increasing passive cooling.
There are two sets of creatures on the card (
OC profile and default)
And has a double switch (
On its top edge)
, Switch between the two.
Therefore, users can switch between two organisms according to their own computing needs.
There is a rear metal plate that protects the PCB and provides some passive cooling.
These are the specs for our graphic test bed: We have summarized the recently reviewed GeForce GTX780 Ti graphics card from MSI for comparison.
It is a good representative for custom GeForce GTX 780 Ti cards on the market.
We also include other top
End NVIDIA cards like GeForce GTX 780 and GTX Titan.
Refer to R9 290X and r2 90 from the AMD camp.
Here is the complete list of cards used for comparison.
Since we have built a full performance profile of the Radeon R9 series graphics card, we focus only on part of our usual benchmark to determine the game performance of two custom AMD Radeon r990x cards.
The two benchmarks used are as follows :-
The following are the specifications of the custom AMD Radeon R9 290X card for competitors :-
The cards went through two tests within the 3d mark 2013 benchmark: fire attacks and extreme fire attacks.
Compared with each other, the Asus Radeon R9 290X DirectCU IIOC card is slightly better than MSIR9 290X Game 4g, and the negligible margin is less than 1%.
They are usually about 2-compared to the reference R9 290X-to 3% better.
However, they are nearly 780 behind the more powerful MSI GeForce GTX 9% Ti game 3g card!
In terms of their real situation
Live game performance, the average frame rate of Asus and MSI cards in all game scenarios is very close.
As expected, the Asus card managed to slightly surpass the MSI card.
Again, at 1050 MHz, the ultra-locked graphics core of the Asus card is slightly higher;
In contrast, MSI\'s GPUcore is rated at 1040 MHz.
Even if the graphics core of the Asus graphics card is faster and the memory is locked, its leading edge is quite small and negligible relative to the MSI card.
Fortunately, the performance of these two cards is slightly higher than that of the reference card.
NVIDIA\'s graphics cards are leading again, but they cost more anyway.
It is the MSIR9 290X card that is slightly ahead of this test. The GPU cores of both cards are super locked to 1118 MHz.
Although the memory module of the Asus card is in an ultra-locked state with a clock speed of 6200 MHz, msi manages to stay ahead and the memory module operates at 5900 MHz.
To understand this performance difference, we may have to look at the temperature and power consumption readings.
In terms of revenue, with their out-of-the-
MSI received a box office boost of nearly 8%;
The increment of asusard is about 6%.
We can see that the MSIR9 290X Game 4g card works at a low temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, under load, under similar operations, at a power of 454 Watts.
Since both cards support the new AMD Powertune technology, MSI\'s overclocking performance may have more room than ASUScard in terms of temperature levels, and power draw.
Compared to the reference r9290x card, both of the custom cooling systems managed to reduce the operating temperature by a considerable 15-
To 17 degrees Celsius!
However, the power consumption level of the custom card measured in our tests is much higher than the reference card\'s peak reading of 422W under load.
However, this difference is easily explained by the difference in clock speed.
Although the output of Asus Radeon r9290x DirectCU ii oc is slightly betterof-the-
Box performance, which is slightly behind MSIcard in our overclocking test.
In addition, the operating temperature of the Asus card is slightly higher, the power consumption is also higher than the MSI card, and the benefits in terms of actual performance and experience are negligible.
Asus Radeon r9290x DirectCUII OC retail price up to 969 new yuan, will attract extreme power users ready to use its power user functions such as voltage modification points to adjust its performance.
As for the MSIRadeon R9 290X Game 4g, its price is a little bit more friendly for $929.
In addition, its overclocking performance is slightly better, managing lower operating temperature and power consumption data under load.
Given these more tangible attributes, we believe that MSI offers a better deal for the Radeon r9290x graphics card, which is designed for overclocking customization.
Note, though, that with just a little more, you\'ll get a faster card based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (~S$1,000).
So the premium you pay for these custom Radeon r9290x cards is a bit high.
While both brands offer a more basic Radeon R9 290X solution with reference to clock speed and reference cooling units, the price is reduced by nearly $80, you have to put up with a bigger cooler and a higher working temperature.
Unfortunately, you can\'t \"keep the cake to eat\", so you have to make the right choice based on the budget.