MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING Unleashed – See Specs, Price and Availability

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MSI has recently officially unleashed the all new MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING Graphics Card, an upgraded and improved version of the R9 290X GAMING edition. The MSI R9 290X Lightning edition was engineered to handle extreme overclocking, just like what EVGA had done with their GTX 780 Ti KINGPIN. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, price and availability below.

MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING

MSI R9 290X Lightning Key Features

Triple Force Architecture:
– Triple Level Signals – Show the real-time GPU load by different colors.
– TriFrozr Thermal Design –Triple PWM fans with Independent Control System on
– Pure Digital PWM Control – Digitally controlled GPU, Memory and VDDCI

Twin BIOS and Enhanced Power:
– Twin BIOS – Separated BIOS chips for grgular use and LN2 overclocking
– Enhanced Power – 12 GPU phases and 3 Memory phases on a custom designed 12 layers PCB for amazing overclocking potential.

Military Class 4 Components:
– Components pass MIL-STD-810G certification for the best stability and quality
– Equipped with CopperMOS, Hi-C CAPs, New SFC and All Dark Solid CAPs.

3X3 OC Kits:
– Triple Overvoltage: Total control with GPU, Memory and PLL voltage adjustment
– Triple Temp Monitor: Real time Monitoring of GPU, Memory and PLL conditions.
– V-Check point: For direct and accurate read-out of GPU, memory and PLL voltage.

VGA FAN CONTROL:
– MSI’s exclusive software and only for R9 290X LIGHTNING.
– Temperature of GPU and PWM on the interface.
– Control the fan speed via two PWM controllers automatically or manually.

MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING reviews

The MSI R9 290X Lightning features a TriFrozr Thermal Design that has been optimized to efficiently dissipate hear from the GPU and on-board components ensuring stability and that heat will not hinder the performance of the card even when in extreme overclocking configurations. It draws its power from 2x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin power connectors on board guaranteeing a minimum 450W available for overclocking. The R9 290X Lightning also features a GDDR5 memory that has been optimized, in cooperation with AMD, to deliver the best overclocking results using air cooling or when using Liquid Nitrogen when doing extreme overclocking.

The MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING is the first product to bear the new MSI OC Series logo which should be a clear indication of the enormous potential of the card in the hands of extreme overclockers. It features 12 GPU phases in an innovative solution to deliver the most stable voltages to the GPU when pushing extreme benchmarks. This is done through laying out the VRM components on both front and back side of the PCB. The optimized memory configuration promises new levels of memory overclocking on AMD’s R9 series. Extreme overclockers can use the special LN2 BIOS on the card to reach for overclocking records without special hardware modifications.

MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING price and availability

The MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING has 3x OC kits making you in complete control of the graphics card. V-Check points allow you to accurately measure GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Triple Temp Monitor checks the real-time temperatures of the GPU, Memory and PLL while Triple Overvoltage allows you to over volt those same components in order to achieve higher clock speeds. It also features Military Class 4 components making the R9 290X Lightning withstand even the toughest conditions, either in freezing sub-zero temperatures of scorching hot high temperatures.

MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING features

The MSI R9 290X Lightning also features Twin BIOS meaning it includes two separate BIOS chips, one for Gaming and one specially for extreme overclockers. Just one click switch to LN2 BIOS and release overall overclocking potential. It also has Gold-Plated Connector to provide better signal transmission and rust protection. It can maximize display connectivity and expand lifetime of your graphics card.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning Preview Video

MSI R9 290X Lightning Specifications

Graphics EngineAMD Radeon™ R9 290X
InterfacePCI Express x16 3.0
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Size(MB)4096
Memory Interface512 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz)1080
Memory Clock Speed(MHz)5000
DVI Output2 (Dual-link DVI-D)
HDMI-Output1 (version 1.4a)
DisplayPort1 (version 1.2)
HDCP SupportY
HDMI SupportY
Dual-link DVIY
Display Output (Max Resolution)2560x1600
RAMDACs400
DirectX Version Support11.2
OpenGL Version Support4.3
CrossFire SupportY, 4-Way(SW)
Card Dimension(mm)302x131x55 mm
Weight1580g

MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING specifications

Price and Availability

UPDATE: The MSI R9 290X Lightning is now listed on Newegg for $749.99 here.

According to Overclock3D, the MSI R9 290X Lightning is priced at £529.99. If we convert that to USD, that’s somewhere in $880 USD. It’s definitely higher than the R9 290X GAMING edition, which is currently priced at $699.99. It will also become available in the following days or weeks to come.

Just a thought, the MSI R9 290X Lightning looks like a great graphics card, specially for PC Enthusiasts who loves to tweak and overclock a lot. But the $880 USD price seemed to be too high for this card, making the GTX 780 Ti a more attractive alternative.

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