MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

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MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

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Sometimes in the press documentation you get a slide that causes us to take pause for a moment. We understand that MSI are explaining how their choice of memory allows for higher overclocks, but are they suggesting that they're using both of the memory types? No its more the fact that they have tested them all! Samsung was apparently meant to be the best but they got much better results using Hynix and as you will see later we got better results than stated here!

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review     MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

It's not only the memory that has been taken care of by MSI, with lots of high loading protection built in, as befits a card aimed at bonkers overclocks. 

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review     MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

The Tri-Frozr cooler is, as always, spectacular. 500W of heat is a massive amount. Could this be the card that finally tames the Hawaii XT GPU?

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review     MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

With three power inputs you'd expect the card to provide all the toys for those people seeking world record beating scores, and the Lightning doesn't disappoint.

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review     MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review     MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

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Most Recent Comments

04-03-2014, 10:02:25

mike22122
Absolutely epic Quote

04-03-2014, 10:18:00

SieB
Looks like MSI have done good with the Lightning
Anyone want to buy my Tri-X for £530 so I can buy one of these? Quote

04-03-2014, 10:21:14

chrismjurd
Totally worth the wait Tom, thanks. Quote

04-03-2014, 10:35:52

phallacy
Hey guys, new here but I'm a member on OCN with the same user name.

Anybody think this is worth it for watercooling. It seems to be made more for LN2. Currently running a trifire rig with 2 refererence 290x and 1 tri x oc. Also have an xfx 290x DD black that I'm going to be adding soon. Able to maintain 1200/1550 daily use OC while I can bench at 1250/1650. Will the 290x lightning be able OC to 1300+ 24/7 ? I might sell my xfx and get this one instead. Btw out of my three cards 2 are hynix (xfx ref. tri x) 1 is elpida (sapphire ref)Quote

04-03-2014, 10:46:02

SieB
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Originally Posted by phallacy View Post
Hey guys, new here but I'm a member on OCN with the same user name.

Anybody think this is worth it for watercooling. It seems to be made more for LN2. Currently running a trifire rig with 2 refererence 290x and 1 tri x oc. Also have an xfx 290x DD black that I'm going to be adding soon. Able to maintain 1200/1550 daily use OC while I can bench at 1250/1650. Will the 290x lightning be able OC to 1300+ 24/7 ? I might sell my xfx and get this one instead. Btw out of my three cards 2 are hynix (xfx ref. tri x) 1 is elpida (sapphire ref)
There might not be a waterblock for it seen as it's a custom PCB. Unless EK have one in the works?
Seen as these aren't cherry picked cores though, there is no guarantee that you would get one that would be a better overclocker than your current 290s.

For watercooling a normal non ref 290 would be better, the reason for spending more on a card like the lightning is for the cooler. If you strip the card down and slap a waterblock on it, then it pretty much becomes a normal 290 with better Vram.Quote
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