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MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4 GB

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The $700 MSI R9 290X Lightning is MSI's latest flagship card geared toward overclockers and enthusiasts. It comes with a large overclock out of the box, higher than any other custom R9 290X available today. The board is cooled by a large triple-slot, triple-fan cooler that yields excellent temperatures.

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wow $699, lets give them couple a week and those price will really coming down
 
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already fell to £420 over here dude.
 
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what? really?
 
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Thanks for the review, W1zzard.

One question: do you use a third party automatic fan speed adjuster (with or without fan curve) like EVGA Precision, for example, or is it adjusted out of the box by CCC?
 

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Thanks for the review, W1zzard.

One question: do you use a third party automatic fan speed adjuster (with or without fan curve) like EVGA Precision, for example, or is it adjusted out of the box by CCC?
W1zzards showing how the fans ramp up in speed on there own, as the card generates heat. The fans profile is pre-programed in the cards bios.
There is software to control the fans if one desires and I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong but if I read the review I'm sure that's how it works.
 
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Was really hoping the 'Lightning' might have been the Hawaii to buy. But guess not o_O:wtf:. Might as well wait for the next Gen.
Thanks W1zz for Another great read :lovetpu:
 

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Not bad but was hoping for better overclockability
 

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Not bad but was hoping for better overclockability
Stock voltage and an overclock like that is nothing to frown about.

I'm sure with a bump in voltage, that thing will take off like a jet. Plus look at the memory clock :eek:, it will scale with the voltage too :peace:

Id be all over this gpu in a heart beat...

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Why you say that :confused:
 

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Stock voltage and an overclock like that is nothing to frown about.

I'm sure with a bump in voltage, that thing will take off like a jet. Plus look at the memory clock :eek:, it will scale with the voltage too :peace:

Id be all over this gpu in a heart beat...

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Why you say that :confused:
well my reference R9 290X can do 1160/1500 at stock
 

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well my reference R9 290X can do 1160/1500 at stock
And is it under water? Id assume so, but if not hows the temps?

For a NON reference gpu I wouldn't complain at all for clocks like what the lightning is doing :D
That's not a run of the mill aftermarket gpu by any means... Love they have the sammy mem chips on board and hope they don't cheap out and slap some shitty ones on shortly
 

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And is it under water? Id assume so, but if not hows the temps?

For a NON reference gpu I wouldn't complain at all for clocks like what the lightning is doing :D
That's not a run of the mill aftermarket gpu by any means... Love they have the sammy mem chips on board and hope they don't cheap out and slap some shitty ones on shortly
No it still has the Reference cooler on it. Temps are ok I've seen 73°C so far at 65% Fan speed and it also has Eplidia VRAM
 

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No it still has the Reference cooler on it. Temps are ok I've seen 73°C so far at 65% Fan speed and it also has Eplidia VRAM
Ok cool, seems like the earlier Eplidia chips are good clockers but the newer Hynix SUCK!
 

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Ok cool, seems like the earlier Eplidia chips are good clockers but the newer Hynix SUCK!
Wish it had samsung though. My GTX 780 had sammys and did 1850 without breaking a sweat. Hopefully will see what this card can really do once ppl start adding water.
 
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Stock voltage and an overclock like that is nothing to frown about.

I'm sure with a bump in voltage, that thing will take off like a jet. Plus look at the memory clock :eek:, it will scale with the voltage too :peace:

Id be all over this gpu in a heart beat...

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Why you say that :confused:
I'm Praying that the 28nm Hawaii refresh hinted
"AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su, responding to a question by Wells Fargo, in its Q1 investors call, confirmed that her company will stay on 28 nm throughout 2014"
will yield some chips that really shine .. If not waiting for the 20nm just feels right for a full rebuild with the latest
 

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I'm Praying that the 28nm Hawaii refresh hinted
"AMD senior vice-president Lisa Su, responding to a question by Wells Fargo, in its Q1 investors call, confirmed that her company will stay on 28 nm throughout 2014"
will yield some chips that really shine .. If not waiting for the 20nm just feels right for a full rebuild with the latest
Man I dont know what to think :eek:

Lisa SU o_O

I think AMD are waiting for green team to do there thing and then... AMD to follow suit but with better tech!??

but slap me upside the head and call me stupid or whatever but Please don't wake me from this dream :fear:
 

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I think only HIS R9 290x/290(custom cooling i mean) that not have been reviewed yet
 

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I think only HIS R9 290x/290(custom cooling i mean) that not have been reviewed yet
What are you talking about, that gold and silver thing they call a cooler?

If so I had one and tested it.
 
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gold and silver thing :laugh::laugh::(
Well take what I say with a grain of salt ok.

#1 the card in person looks great
#2 the cards cooler works fine at idle
#3 place a slight OC to it and it's mid 90's man

I had one, I sold it to a local on the 3rd day... It wasn't my cup of tea :shadedshu:
 
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Have to see what it does with some added voltage. The Powercolor PCS+ @ $579.99 matches it (beats it slightly).
 

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Have to see what it does with some added voltage. The Powercolor PCS+ @ $579.99 matches it (beats it slightly).
1190mhz, he has added voltage, see the bottom of page 27.
 
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