MSI R9 290X Lightning EXCLUSIVE

Quick look at MSI's latest graphics card!

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition

 

 

Introduction

We've been given an exclusive look around MSI's latest card; the R9 290X Lightning edition. We previously saw the Lightning cooler on the GTX 780 and we were incredibly impressed with the amount of effort MSI had gone through in order to produce a card capable of achieving great overclocks through an impressive power delivery system. The R9 290X Lightning is no different to that, as it keeps the same looks as the previous Lightning cards, along with the goal to achieve world record overclocks. 

The Packaging 

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

 

As we can see, the 290X Lightning comes very well packaged. It comes with the standard box you see on the outside, but inside that we find another box with gold coloured lettering. Inside this, we find accessories, a certificate of authenticity, along with a bracket for use with dry ice for extreme cooling. If we lift up the foam we find the card enclosed in an anti-static bag. 

The Card Itself

 

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition 

MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition  

The first thing you notice is the incredibly large heatsink and cooling solution, with three fans. We think the Lightning series of cards are some of the best looking cards on the market and match perfectly with MSI's Mpower and Xpower motherboards. On the top of the card, we find dual 8pin power connectors plus another 6 pin power connections, which gives an indication as to just how much effort MSI have put into the power delivery for this card. The 290X Lightning comes with a strong backplate which not only looks great, but also provides support for the heavy cooler. The connections on the I/O ports are all gold plated which really shows just how high quality this card is.

We can't provide and specifics about the card itself, but we will be with you with a full article and review over the next few days.

FULL REVIEW NOW LIVE HERE

Thanks to MSI for providing the graphics card. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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03-03-2014, 08:51:15

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...081931652l.jpg

We have an exclusive look around the new MSI R9 290X Lightning Edition


Continue ReadingQuote

03-03-2014, 08:57:55

barnsley
Oh wow, this really is the cream of the crop of the 290x . Step aside Sapphire!Quote

03-03-2014, 09:02:26

Squidlorock
Looks very nice! It's not a 5 a.m NDA again Tom? Quote

03-03-2014, 09:03:23

SieB
Do want
Will be looking forward to the review tomorrow, i've been reading good things about these being very good for overclocking. I hope they are anyway, seen as it is what the Lightining cards are all about.Quote

03-03-2014, 09:03:45

cooperman
http://i.imgur.com/1LbOxwu.jpg

Some people just want to set the world on fire! http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/smilies/ohmy.png

This is going to be interesting!Quote

03-03-2014, 09:51:29

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by cooperman View Post
http://i.imgur.com/1LbOxwu.jpg

Some people just want to set the world on fire! http://forum.overclock3d.net/images/smilies/ohmy.png

This is going to be interesting!
If I'm right you only need 8+8 pins for normal use the extra 6 pin is for Extreme OC'ing.Quote

03-03-2014, 10:13:29

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
If I'm right you only need 8+8 pins for normal use the extra 6 pin is for Extreme OC'ing.
The 6pin and 8pin are for normal use, the extra 8pin should be for overclocking.
Unless it's clocked really high at stock then it might be the 2x 8pin for normal, but my bet is on the extra 8pin being for overclocking.Quote

03-03-2014, 11:22:55

Chadwokie
still think the Lightning cooler is such a cool looking cooler just wish you could mount gpus fan side up Quote

03-03-2014, 11:36:53

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
The 6pin and 8pin are for normal use, the extra 8pin should be for overclocking.
Unless it's clocked really high at stock then it might be the 2x 8pin for normal, but my bet is on the extra 8pin being for overclocking.
Mmmm yeah-ish I'm assuming that with this being the Lightning edition it is already OC'd somewhat & the 6pin being extra for going Clocking mental maybe even sub zero LN2. Only time will tell all I know is it's about ruddy time we saw a non reference PCB Quote

03-03-2014, 11:52:42

Conchubair
Wait, have I missed something? Wheres J gone?Quote

03-03-2014, 12:20:50

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
Wait, have I missed something? Wheres J gone?
Its back to RushKit Tom fellaQuote

03-03-2014, 12:24:40

Conchubair
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Its back to RushKit Tom fella
aww, i like that guy.. Quote

03-03-2014, 12:36:46

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Conchubair View Post
aww, i like that guy..
So did I dude, its really not fair to go into it too much though.

J's a good lad and we are friends but hes just not the right 'fit' for whats required to do this for a living.Quote

03-03-2014, 12:39:36

Squidlorock
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So did I dude, its really not fair to go into it too much though.

J's a good lad and we are friends but hes just not the right 'fit' for whats required to do this for a living.

I enjoyed both channels with you and J on RushkitQuote

03-03-2014, 12:47:14

tinytomlogan
Lets keep this on topic peeps. This isnt the right place for this.Quote

03-03-2014, 12:54:55

Dicehunter
Shame they aren't brining out the MSI Lightning 780 Ti Quote

03-03-2014, 13:10:58

Squidlorock
Apologies! Ontopic, the GPU looks pretty sweet well out of my price range for now (looking at the 270) Looks like it will be great performer! I am fond of AMD cards Quote

03-03-2014, 13:14:16

Ady6UK
I can't wait to see what the temps are like for this especially when overclocked to the max. Beast of a card Quote

03-03-2014, 13:16:10

chrismjurd
better break out the uber coffee Tom, need a long video tomorrow, got the day off and nothing to do but watch some awesome sauce on the youtube.

it looks totally sweet, and with a pci brace that superman couldnt bend.Quote

03-03-2014, 13:33:07

Dicehunter
Shame they got rid of the "GPU Reactor", Looked awesome.Quote

03-03-2014, 13:33:41

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismjurd View Post
better break out the uber coffee Tom, need a long video tomorrow, got the day off and nothing to do but watch some awesome sauce on the youtube.

it looks totally sweet, and with a pci brace that superman couldnt bend.
Dunno mate - long videos take a LONG time and Im benching this tonight and trying to meet the NDA in less than 24 hours Quote

04-03-2014, 06:25:55

chrismjurd
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Dunno mate - long videos take a LONG time and Im benching this tonight and trying to meet the NDA in less than 24 hours
no worries man, im sure i can find something to watch on the interwebs in the meantime. crazy msi, not getting it to you early enough, and then not sending you four of them, for shame. :PQuote

04-03-2014, 07:23:54

Excalabur50
I just hope this lives up to the lightning name with sparks flying out its arse and setting new levels of benching and fpsQuote

04-03-2014, 07:54:16

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismjurd View Post
no worries man, im sure i can find something to watch on the interwebs in the meantime. crazy msi, not getting it to you early enough, and then not sending you four of them, for shame. :P
Looks like you may have a video for the 2pm NDA :OQuote

04-03-2014, 08:02:24

chrismjurd
amazing, cant wait, i think ill get some comfy pants on, boil the coffee pot, order pizza, and hmm, bio break before 2. plan in action.Quote

04-03-2014, 08:05:05

Squidlorock
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Looks like you may have a video for the 2pm NDA :O

That's alot more relaxing that 5am heh Can't wait! Quote

04-03-2014, 08:09:45

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Squidlorock View Post
That's alot more relaxing that 5am heh Can't wait!
If it was 5 am you would have had the video late / not at all. I didnt get the card till yesterday afternoon!Quote
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