MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

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MSI R9 290X Lightning Review

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The additional cooling, and thus overclocking, available with the Lightning bumps it to the top of the AMD charts, and very close to some overclocked GTX780Tis. Impressive start.

MSI R9 290X Lightning Review  

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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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