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MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2816 Stream Processors
  • 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0
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The Radeon R9 290X, AMD's new flagship GPU, offers the weapon of choice for gamers who demand the best. It's based on the new 28nm Hawaii GPU architecture and introduces support for DirectX 11.2, capable of rendering reality-redefining imagery in the hottest titles. With a massive number of stream processors and a gigantic 4GB GDDR5 memory, this GPU delivers the performance you need for smooth gameplay at extreme settings. The new CrossFire technology allows you to build a multiple graphics card configuration without the use of interconnect bridges. With Ultra Resolution Gaming you will leave HD in the dust by gaming on displays much, much larger. A rich set of AMD innovative technologies is included, such as App Acceleration, AMD PowerTune, AMD ZeroCore, and AMD HD3D technology. With these technology advancements, you'll get more than one way to elevate your gaming experience.

This MSI LIGHTING edition comes with an enhanced design over the reference, such as Triple Force, Twin BIOS, Military Class 4 components, and 3x3 OC kits. All of these take durability, stability, and overclocking ease to the next level.

  • newegg Triple Force Triple Force Architecture includes TriFrozr Thermal Design, Triple Level Signals, and Pure Digital PWM Control. The Triple Level Signals show the real-time GPU load by different colors. The TriFrozr thermal design features triple PWM fans with an independent control system. The Pure Digital PWM Control includes digitally controlled GPU, memory, and VDDCI.
  • newegg Twin BIOS Including two separate BIOS chips, one for gaming and one specially for extreme overclockers. Just one click switch to LN2 BIOS releases the overall overclocking potential.
  • newegg Military Class 4 Components MSI graphics cards are the only ones that meet the MIL-STD-810G standard. They adopt top components, like copper MOS, Hi-c CAP, new SFC, and Dark Solid CAP, to ensure the best stability and quality. It brings perfect quality and longest lifetime to you.
  • newegg 3x3 OC Kits The Triple Overvoltage gives you instant voltage adjustment of GPU/Memory/PLL via MSI Afterburner. The Triple Temp Monitor allows you to monitor and control the GPU/Memory/PLL condition at the same time. The V-Check Points allows you to directly and accurately measure the voltage of GPU/Memory/PLL via a multi-meter.
  • newegg Gold-Plated Connector MSI Lighting graphics cards adopt a gold-plated connector to provide better signal transmission and rust protection. It can maximize display connectivity and expand the lifetime of your graphics card.
  • newegg VGA FAN CONTROL The VGA Fan Control is MSI's exclusive software and only for the R9 290X LIGHTNING. It displays the temperature and PWM on the interface, and allows you to control the fan speed via two PWM controllers automatically or manually.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Geovanna G.
  • 12/23/2014 9:36:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSo good and so sad

Pros: This thing took over where my 7970 left off. It was easy to set up, set zone for OC, and it kills. I have now moved on to 3 monitors with this card and it is just humn along....
It was stress tested at stock for 4 hours...thing never went over 57*

Cons: The thing is very long...had to take out a HDD cage.
The thing is power hungry...needs a good psu and I had to use adapters to get the OC power connector covered.
The gtx 970 is now out and goes toe to toe with this card...it has better power use and lower heat in a smaller card...if it were not for the 4 games and the 30 buck rebate the 970 would have gotten my cash.

Other Thoughts: I love this card. The reviews online match up. To think I got it for 315 when it was once going for 700 plus makes me happy that my 7970 held its ground for so long.

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/18/2014 7:11:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsLikely the best R9-290X available...

Pros: Overbuilt in every way. Built to purpose for record-breaking benchmarks. Overclocking on stock heatsink I can get it right on 1200 core and 1500(6000 effective) mem. Maybe a silicone lottery winner though so YMMV. Scoring an insane 13k graphics score in 3DMark Firestrike normal. Also built for LN2 cooling if you want to go nuts or even start getting into it yourself. Not for me though.

Cons: Well yeah, yellow is an issue. Easily solved with either an EK waterblock or some black electrical tape. I then removed and lightly dusted the fan with some silver metallic paint until the yellow didn't show. Made the fan slightly heavier so it spins slower, but it's a non-essential fan really. Be sure to check for a tutorial on fan removal before doing this or you could break it. Regardless, I'm not deducting from the score over aesthetics: To each their own.

Other Thoughts: In response to Andrew S.
I very much doubt your tech level is very high. You're not even able to read the manual. It's made abundantly clear that UNLESS you are removing the heatsink for a liquid nitrogen (LN2) heatsink; you do not need and should not even plug in the third 6-pin power, or toggle to LN2 mode. The heat is an internal heating strip meant to prevent frost building up from LN2 cooling. You DO NOT run the card in LN2 mode or plug in the third 6-pin if you are running it with stock cooling. The rep was likely annoyed at how dense you were about this, but couldn't say it.

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  • Trevor J.
  • 12/15/2014 9:29:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPremium Quality

Pros: Looks amazing, performs amazing, cools amazing. It even comes in a premium box with a pull-out drawer for driver disc storage. All-around top quality feel and performance. Couldn't ask for more in a GPU.

Cons: Requires 2x 8-pin and 1x 6-pin connectors. Make sure your PSU can handle it!

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  • Marcus A.
  • 12/10/2014 6:17:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsalmost

Pros: designed well physically

Cons: ugly yellow fan+

Other Thoughts: MSI could have made the accents almost any other color than yellow and it would be better. if it was white or grey or even a nice blue it would be much more appealing.

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  • David H.
  • 12/3/2014 10:42:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice hardware

Pros: High quality components
Ability to give gpu voltage a big increase to match overclock
Can adjust 3 different voltages
Dual bios
3 fans and software that controls the yellow one independently
Big cooler can handle many watts
Overclocking beast!!!
VRM lights, backplate, LED and light up logo
3 locations for PCI-E power
High TDP (use LN2 bios)
Great GPU temp and decent VRM temp even when overclocked
Can monitor VRM temps and wattage using HW Info software
Great asic score, mid 70's, way better than Nvidia cards I have gotten.
Huge memory bandwidth that overclocks like a champ.

Cons: Heavy heavy heavy! Card has some sag
Some coil whine, especially when the card is pushed, but every card from every company I've owned r9's, 780 ti's, 970's has coil whine.

Card creates a lot of heat in the case and the VRMs do get a little warm, but this card you can actually monitor the VRM temps unlike most cards (Nvidia)
Probably not the best for xfire on air as the width of the card + sag make it very close to the other card and heat would be insane.
Wish AMD would have more technologies like adaptive v-sync.

Other Thoughts: I've overclocked this thing to around 1,180mhz with a +130mv, I can bump the memory up without an issue but the bandwidth is so large, it doesn't matter much anyway.

I've gotten no black screens at all, even pushing this card hard (1,210mhz) for testing, you start to see the screen tearing and you know to close game and lower overclock or bump up more vcore. Never gotten any of the issues I did when I originally bought the 290 or 290x's in the beginning. Using card on the asus vg248qe 144hz monitor, works great.

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  • Michael R.
  • 12/2/2014 11:59:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggscrossfire lightning

Pros: fun; overclock easily (although there's very little noticeable performance gains in the applications I use); cool on stock cooling; never need attention; workhorses

Cons: They may be a bit loud at FULL LOAD in crossfire ONLY. With one, I never heard it. Also, I have a Eisburg Pump/Res combo on my Haswell Refresh "K' i7 that is significantly loud so it may be the only thing I here as it muffles other sounds. component choices will effect nois

Other Thoughts: I have run one of these on an ASUS Gryphon Z97 since July on a 750 Watt PSU (Bit Fenix though not necessarily proud of that). Since, the price went down so profoundly . I am now running two on the above mentioned board. I installed an FSR 1200 with it though because I would have zapped the Bit Fenix 750 along with whatever else felt like going with it. I run the latest drivers mostly (and use DDUnistaller EVERTIME before installing new ones. The 9/28/2014 driver works best for me. I honestly only "play" War Thunder and do two other SIMS and crossfire has been gorgeous in War Thunder. I had to alter the config file so that Crossfire would be implemented with War Thunder. I game on three 27" BenQ's at 120 Hz in Eyefinity and Im getting almost spot on perfect frame rates (100--120) according to the games "on-screen" counter. Its stunning at times and Its never been as smooth as with the crossfire cooking! Absolutely LOVE these cards!

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  • Andrew S.
  • 11/27/2014 2:07:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1st review, not great

Pros: Fast, good looking, good while it lasted. 4 free games that I downloaded (verified 4 games on my PC working) and pretty lights. The performance was great and really picked up my frame rate from my old gigabyte 7870.

Cons: The card started getting really hot around the logo side next to the slot end where the plugins were. I talked to a guy at MSI that didn't sound to thrilled who said they were going to email me a bios update, never got it. The vga fan control software would not report the middle yellow fan speed or the PWM temp. The Lightning logo only changes colors if you unplug the third 6 pin plug beside the other two 8 pin ones, which when plugged in makes the logo red permanently with no color change. The MSI tep told me that all three plugs have to be in, which doesn't make any sense for the lighting. The blue less on the backplate side of the card lit up all the way to the goldfinger side of the card to show load or something, then eventually stuck on solid after a day or two. The rep at MSI also told me to switch the bios to normal to get the fan control working, which it did not. I don't see why I would have to sacrifice LN2 mode just to use a fan controller, but it didn't work anyway. On day three I woke up to my motherboard beep code of a failed video adapter, one long and two short on my Asus mobo. The card stopped working all together, the fans and lights would turn on but no video and beep codes from my mobo, and worked fine the day before. A replacement is on it's way.

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed at the way my call was handled, and the employee sounded tired and bothered.

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  • Vladimir T.
  • 11/26/2014 10:05:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat value

Pros: 6 Tflops. does not have unneeded smarts - can power it using 1 rail at 35A. Other cards wanted to have 2 different rails from power supply, even if one can supply enough power.
Stays cool - have not seen it over 70C at 40% fan (silent).

Cons: the card takes more than 2 slots, so choose your motherboard carefully if you want to run 2.

Other Thoughts: at first I thought mine is faulty - power connectors from my PSU did not sit well to provide power. had to plug in through the power connectors that came with the card.

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  • Kevin S.
  • 11/24/2014 9:07:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop notch 290X

Pros: Built like a tank
OC's well
Quiet enough
no crossfire bridges
premium feel and design

Cons: premium price tag
not great for air cooling
not great for crossfire
almost 3 full slots
need amazing airflow or more likely watercooling for crossfire setups

Other Thoughts: I bought two with the intention of water cooling, but tried them out air cooled first, it doesn't work lol... Extremely hot and loud, I couldn't stand them. Now they're both underwater and running at 1225mhz. If you're just buying one for air cooling, then go buy the MSI Gaming version instead, it's still very quiet and you'll save $50-$89. I bought two for 4K gaming with both cards overclocked and water cooled, and I could not have asked for anything better, they are amazing for this purpose.

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  • Alphonso L.
  • 11/23/2014 9:43:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent so far.

Pros: The card runs very cool, highest I have seen non overclocked is 63C. I raised the core clock by 100 and memory clock by 400 and my highest temperature is 72C in a room that is roughly 73F.

Cons: The card be a bit loud when under a full load but no where near as loud as the reference cooler.

Other Thoughts: I would say this is the best 290X you can buy right now especially at this current price point at 389.99.

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