Will this run r9 290x?

By darca
Jan 26, 2015
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  1. Hi I'm planing to change my graphic card. Currently I have GTX570 (Palit) and I want to buy r9 290x from MSI. I don't know if I have to change PSU:
    And if my mainboard will support this card:
    Also CPU:

    If PSU isn't enough what You propose to look for, and is MSI really that good as they say?

    Thanks for any help. Darek
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Your cpu is no issue at all; its good to go. While you don't mention it 8 gigs of RAM for gaming is a good standard but if you only have 4 you should be okay.

    The video card you list is PCI-e 3.0 and your board is designed for 2.0 BUT that card should be backwards compatible.

    As for power, from what I have read, the card will demand between 250-300 watts. As for the quality of MSI they make good cards but like any hardware manufacture they will ship out some defective models.
  3. darca

    darca TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Yes I have 8 GB ram. So if this card is PCI-e 3 ans I have PCI-e 2 on MB it wont use its full strenght?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

  5. darca

    darca TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    How I can understand that? They comunicate at the same speed but 3 can get twice the speed of 2. Does that matter for home use/gaming use of Graphic card, or its for huge comouting things?
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

  7. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    My own experience has shown that you won't see much, if any difference, between the two. I had an older motherboard designed for 2.0 and purchased a 3.0 card to replace my old one. It worked fine as the architecture is backwards compatible.

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