MSI today in an exclusive event in Japan displayed their new custom R9 290X GPU along with a custom GTX 780Ti. Previously a picture came out of a custom TwinFrozr cooler, it wasn’t clear if the cooler was for Nvidia’s GTX 780Ti or AMD’s R9 290X. This article is dedicated to the Non-Reference MSI R9 290X Twin Frozr as there wasn’t any news about the custom GTX780Ti.
Well what we might have thought to be MSI’s R9 290X Gaming Edition turned into MSI’s R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC. Why? We can’t answer that, but the 4S isn’t an i-Phone that’s for sure. The GPU still has the pride of keeping the “G” logo from the Gaming Edition line.
No specifications of clock or memory speeds were revealed. The new R9 290X TwinFrozr 4S OC will come with a backplate, Grade IV Military class components and two 10cm Fans along with a not so clear number of heat pipes (6 probably) for the cooling solution. It isn’t clear yet if the cooler will be enough to keep the card cool from the high temperatures of the Hawaii XT GPU.
The GPU would require a 6+8pin power connector and supports 2xDVI, 1xHDMI and 1xDisplayPort. Reports of a performance increase has also been mentioned due to Mantle, currently Mantle support isn’t out for the general public, but it will be soon and Battlefield 4 will be the first game to support the new API by AMD. According to the Japanese box, it looks like the GPU will also be a part of AMD’s Reward Program and will offer Battlefield 4.
The GPU currently isn’t in mass production, but it may see an early January release. While the card costs around 800,00 Yen, which is equalent to $775, which might not be the final price for worldwide customers.
Source : GDM Japan