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Dec 16, 2013

MSI R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S Gaming OC Graphics Card Comes With BIOS Switch

You'd think that a gallery of hands-on photos of a video card would be accompanied by some specifications, especially since they were taken at a public press event, but that's not the case for the Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S Gaming OC.

Instead, Micro-Star International allowed people to take shots of it, and confirmed some of the perks, without saying how well the board ran. So no, we don't know what the base clock frequency of the Radeon R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S Gaming OC is, or the GPU Boost top setting. We also don't know what frequency the 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM has, but usually, the memory is left alone even if the GPU isn't, so it could be of 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective). Anyway, the newcomer is definitely factory-overclocked, and can be further sped up via MSI's Afterburner software or manual clock / voltage tweaking. It's why MSI bothered installing a backplate on the thing, despite there being no memory chips on the rear side, or anything particularly heat-prone.

Speaking of which, the TwinFrozr IV cooling module has a black and red color scheme (well, black, red and orange one might say) and, obviously, two fans. Finally, Micro-Star International equipped the board with two BIOS ROM chips, to enable a rollback to safe settings if you go too far overclocking. One BIOS holds the tweaks and everything, and is meant to be used all the time. The other acts as a backup and can force the board to work at reference specifications (1 GHz max GPU speed).

A BIOS toggle switch makes it easy to go from one to the other, as you'll find once sales begin later this December. No price is known though, which is understandable if we don't even have all the performance details yet. MSI R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S Gaming OC Photos gallery below, click for larger images.

MSI R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S Gaming OC
Images credits to Hermitage Akihabara - www.gdm.or.jp/crew/2013/1215/54551


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