MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

Test Setup, Clock Speeds and Temps

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

Test Setup

MSI R9 290X Lightning
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  


One of the easiest overclockers we've come across. Keeping the switch firmly on the standard mode, rather than LN2 mode, the card only required a gentle nudge to the voltages to bring the GPU up to 1150MHz. The Memory is where the card really shines though, up from 1250MHz at stock to 1650MHz. A massive overclock and one we are very happy with, maybe with a few software changes we may be able to squeeze more out but we are very happy with what we managed to achieve in such a short time with the card and should be a good indicator to what the average Joe can expect when experimenting at home.

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review


It's not only the overclocking that is impressive though. The Tri-Frozr cooler annihilates the competition and keeps the card frosty even with such a beast of an overclock in place and Unigine doing its best to heat up the planet.

 MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

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Most Recent Comments

04-03-2014, 09:00:21


MSI have two major lines, the regular Gaming edition and the hardcore overclocking Lightning. Today we're looking at the R9 290X Lightning.

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04-03-2014, 10:02:25

Absolutely epic Quote

04-03-2014, 10:18:00

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

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