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MSI Radeon R9 290(X) gaming/lightning card club

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  1. fullinfusion

    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I love the back plate, no flex or droop at all with this card. She's a beauty and good work MSI on such a wonderfull creation.

    I thought the card was fucked as using the latest 14.1 beta driver my benchmarks were really low. I removed the driver and used the 13.12 driver and BANG!!! Big scores!
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    Oh man I gotta say I love it. Yes that looks gorgeous! :respect: :respect:

    Congrats on your new baby. Now don't ditch this one like last time :slap:


    The backplate does look really awesome! But what's the deal with 14.1 not working? It should be fine, it is with me
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I dont know, run 3DMark fire strike in normal mode and check your score. also vallet sucked big time. Grid2 benchmark was stuck in the loading mode.

    Mantle Star swarm benchmark was awesome but that's about it.

    I'll do a screen shot and show you the differences between both drivers.

    And yes this is the gpu I wanted forever so it's not going anywhere. That HIS crap and its blue pcb sagged at the rear and just wasnt happy.

    This card matches my system perfectly and I just cant wait till the sister card gets here. They ordered it from there supplier tonight when I was there so it's a for sure thing.

    All this power lol! I love it!

    I just need help understanding how to use the POWER LIMIT function for overclocking.

    Antone tell me a bit about it?

    Hello MSI guy you know you have all the time in the world to sleep when your 6ft under Mmkay :p

    Here Matt look at the comparison.. HIS and MSI and the HIS is overclocked where the MSI is stock and I pulled a huge amount of numbers using the 13.12 driver

    http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/1751211/fs/1751045

    Valley benchmark both stock setting clocks

    13.12 Driver

    [​IMG]

    14.1 beta driver

    [​IMG]
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    Yeah that difference is huge! Was that the driver difference, or was that because of the card?
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    driver is the problem!!!

    And @ Durvelle27 what do you mean can you join? join what?
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    The powertune thing, iirc, bumps the power limit before it throttles the card. You shouldn't need to mess with it until you get into high OCs.

    I've pushed to ~1100 on the core without having to mess with the power options.


    And FF, I love your quad-post :laugh:
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    And what about your memory?
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    I think the clocks were like 1100/1400, or thereabouts. I have elpida chips which apparently don't clock as well, but I haven't really pushed it much higher.

    Don't mean to bugger out but I'm off to bed. Catch you tomorrow about all this goodness :)
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    I spend my time 50/50 in the EU and TW.
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    Cool thanks nelis
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    Just recieved my Review sample. It overclocks so horribly i'm lost for words.
    1100 \ 1300 won't go stable.

    Will try different techniques soon...
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    I also found the last newest beta better. but the 13.12 works really well to.

    Any luck mr reviewer? What site you review for? Id like to see your thoughts on this awesome gpu when your finished. ;).

    @neliz
    is there issues using the included msi gaming app thats on the cards cd thats in the box? I was having random bsod's while watching YouTube. I figured it was flash player so I ended up doing a clean os install. Haven't had any more issues but then again I never installed the app sense the clean install and so far so good. I checked on the msi home page and cant find it or an upgraded one. Did your team yank it off because of problems with it? Please look into it if you wouldn't mind and let me know. Thanks..
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    there's no issues there, it's more of a driver issue, I have had BSOD's watching videos with a reference card from AMD with the 14.1's but the latest beta seems to have fixed that issue as well. (3x BSOD in one Episode of the Tudors.)
    the gaming app by itself isn't on the website, everything from bios updates etc. is done through liveupdate5.
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    Thank you my friend, and great show. The wife and I watched the entire series in about a week lol

    @neilz
    can you find out for me about a bios to flash this card to its rated 1007mhz core speed and not through the msi updater. One that is made for and a special request bios which I know msi have. You guys send out review bios out to reviewers and id also like to flash it to my card. Please talk to your engineering department and see if you can send me the file. I have experience bios flashing and thats not an issue. I dont want to use a editor program to do it. Id like one direct from you guys.

    Thank you and please let me know
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    Easy on the double/triple posting there bud! ;)
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    Any Idea when the Lightning 290X will be in etailers hands?
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    @neliz he should be on shortly with an answer. Big time difference from us , so be patient.

    Sorry erocker but multi quote wont work on this app. When I try to copy from a last post and delete it and paste it to another it dont copy!! Ill fix it when I get home on the pc.]
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    Hey mate i have elpida on my Asus r9 290 and it overclocks to 1650 no problem. I just thinks it's down to the quality of ram (and luck of the draw) you got on your card so go for it - push it further ! :roll: My core is stable at 1180
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    Thanks for the info! :) As soon as I get my rig back together, I'll be giving it a go, and I hope I can throw down a nice OC :D
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    Well guys I got a bios to work, its running at 1030/1250

    [​IMG]

    I used this msi 290x bios.... http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/151876/msi-r9290x-
    4096-131211.html


    EDIT: look at the difference score. same gpu clocks but cpu in one test is 5ghz and the other @ 4.6GHz http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/1820395/fs/1801221
    Not bad.

    If you guys want to try D/L atiflash 4.17 and hp format tool along with windows 98 boot.

    In dos type:
    dir
    then type atifla~1.exe -f -p 0 name of bios.rom

    reboot and there you go.
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    So your 290 unlocked to a 290X, eh? That's pretty awesome! :)
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    It's shipping already so depending on where you are this week or next week. I don't keep track of stock etc. so I have no idea.
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    No it don't unlock, just bumped the core clocks using the 290X gamer TF IV bios that pretty much matched mine.
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    Ok a question about the BIOS/UEFI Switch, I heard someone say that the switch is best left in UEFI for OS like Windows 7, I heard its best to switch to BIOS for legacy OS- Are they talking about Windows Vista and Older?

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