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

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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jonathan B.
  • 7/30/2014 6:52:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat Card...when you get on that works

Pros: Beautiful Card. The design of this card shows that MSI really took their time. Easily the best single GPU card on the market right now.

Cons: The card was defective from the start, tried working through the issue myself for two months and it never got better. I experimented through motherboards, ram, and even the power supply but it just seems like the most I can get out of this card is about 30 fps on medium settings.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully I can get through the RMA quickly because it will really be annoying not having a graphics card in my pc.

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  • Roderick M.
  • 7/19/2014 10:28:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust Awesome!

Pros: Everything! This is the best performing 290X available at this time. Easily best OC'er out of the box, if you know what you are doing! ;) Excellent packaging as can be expected from a premium card. I've had about 6 reference 290X's and this puts every one of them to shame.

Cons: A bit high priced at release, but seems to have dropped to a very reasonable $599 at the time of this review. Not totally unlocked without the elusive ABX. Unfortunately Asus still puts together the best oc'ing software with controls for vddci and vrm frequency, as well as the standard memory and gpu voltage control. Come on MSI, step it up!!

Other Thoughts: If you plan on putting one of these on water, EK makes the best waterblock for this that surpasses all expectations. Only waterblock I know of that offers active cooling on vrms and voltage contollers. Most will oc to 1250+ on core.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/30/2014 10:27:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProbably the best R9 290x you can get

Pros: -Easy to install in spite of its bulk
-Runs cool (idles around 30C, under max load runs at ~60C)
-Can likely run anything currently available at max settings out of
the box
-Easily overclocked if needed
-Convenient LEDs indicate load (blue for light, green for moderate, red for high) at a glance
-Cooler is fairly quiet even at max speed

Cons: -Above average power drain while idle
-Won't fit into a small case
-Expensive

Other Thoughts: It may not be the best value per dollar spent, but this card is arguably the most raw power you can get for under $1000. Provided your case can accommodate it (like most cards on its price range, this will cannibalize the slot immediately next to it along with its own), installation is extremely easy. Also, unlike when this card was new, there are now current, functioning drivers, so no fears there.

Bear in mind that this card can pull 300 watts even without overclocking at max load (and it takes two PCIe power connectors), so be sure your power supply can handle it.

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  • Celise P.
  • 6/20/2014 10:02:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Man oh man, I would say that this is the beast of all cards on the market right now. It was actually the easiest piece of my build to install despite it's large size.

- Idles between 30-32C. Under max load it does not go past 57-60C.

- Comes with MSI Kombuster, which is a stress test and benchmarking software designed to test the limits of the card.

- Easily overclocked, but doesn't need to be.

- Extremely quiet, even under 100% load I cannot hear the fans; fans only needs to go up to 35% for the two on either side and 45% for the middle.

- Despite it's large size, it fits securely into the PCI-E 16x slot and does not weigh down the motherboard.

- Blows all other GPUs out of the water at this point. Has run any game I've tested at max settings (aside from FXAA and some PhysX, but that's to be expected as it is not an NVIDIA card).
Metro: Last Light 120-122 FPS; all settings maxed except FXAA and PhysX.
Batman: Arkham Origins 120 FPS; all settings maxed WITH PhysX.
Have yet to try anything more graphically intense, but it laughs at anything below these standards.

- Awesome LED signals that let you know what the card is up to without having to tab out of your gaming session. Green LED = minimal load, Blue LED = moderate load, Red LED = high and max load. Logo flickers pink and white lightning style streaks for an added effect.

Honestly cannot recommend or praise this card enough. I can't wait to test out Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Cons: - Comes with a lot of rather useless software, aside from MSI Live Update and MSI VGA Fan Control.

Other Thoughts: Build:
AMD-FX 8350
Asus Crosshair A-Z Formula
Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling
Corsair 850W PSU
Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 8GB (2x4) 1866 RAM

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/13/2014 4:07:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsslow, various problems

Pros: Bought brand new for a review for my Youtube channel, and my Podcast, run pretty well at first, then overheated and burned up. Just outside of newegg return policy :(. now a $650 paperweight.

Cons: Junk, broke after a week.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Ron B.
  • 5/24/2014 9:54:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSuper VGA

Pros: Fastest single GPU card on the market if you overclock it right, never gets above 75 C, operates quietly if you let the card control fan speeds, easy overclocking, and looks cool.

Cons: Does not support AMD drivers for now. If you use AMD drivers, you will lose all fan readings/control and some temperature meters wont work either. You are stuck with MSI's 13.12 Catalyst which is 5 months old and doesn't support Mantle. Also, MSI Live Update will not update the VGA Bios, It will claim that you do not have an MSI R9 290X Lightning installed. Gotta take an egg off for these factors.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great card, very well designed, very strong and durable and great overclocking. Only downfall is the sorry support from MSI, cant even get them to respond. Lack of driver and BIOS update could easily kill this card and anyone who has forked out 700 bucks for one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
We have a newer VGA BIOS update for your card which will resolve the fan control issue, please kindly contact us with your card's serial number.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Dennis K.
  • 5/7/2014 6:06:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Lightning Fast !

Cons: None at this time

Other Thoughts: This card really is lightning fast,WOW. I did have the GTX780 TI Kingpin for awhile but then it began to lockup on me and eventually I couldn't play anything. Had to send it back. This card will take anything you can throw at it. Getting 91fps in Ghosts. The graphics are super.This one looks like a keeper.
My Build: Cosmos II Asus Sabretooth 990FX R20. AM3+,
G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB DDR3 2400,AMD FX-9370 4.4GHZ,

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  • Jeffrey F.
  • 5/5/2014 7:45:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Runs how I imagine a 290x high priced card would run.

Cons: Heavy but single GPU on MOBO should be fine

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  • Renata M.
  • 5/3/2014 4:24:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor performance from card

Pros: Very nice form factor.
Good cooling system.

Cons: The card I received seemed to work initially but once I started up a game it started flashing red. I was getting very low 25-35fps with settings on medium and lower. The screen was especially choppy when turning around in game or panning the camera.
I used all the latest drivers using the MSI Live Update software and confirmed that it is not a driver issue.

Other Thoughts: My build was new:

i7 4770k (not overclocked)
MSI z87 GD 65 Gaming Motherboard
32gb ram
MSI 290x Lightning (not overclocked)
800 watt power supply
Samsung 840 ssd

I play WoW and have always had good performance from my 4 year old PC that runs with a Radeon 5800 series gpu. With my new computer and using the 290x I am getting even worse performance than a 4 year old graphics card. This was very surprising and I initially suspected the CPU since Wow is heavily cpu dependent.
However, I checked CPU usage at only 10% and the GPU was using 95-100% while the Lightning letters are flashing red. When I used the provided software to check performance, I found the card maxxed out while playing Wow on medium settings.
I ran the software test on the graphics card and it, as expected, showed a solid red light to indicate max load while running the test. No flashing. While playing WoW on medium settings, I got a red flashing and terrible fps in 30s.
I have tried all the fixes recommended, like turning off power saving features on the PCI-E slot. I made sure there was nothing in the BIOS that was set on energy savings. Fan speed was fine and all 3 fans were spinning correctly. All latest drivers. Reinstalled multiple times using official AMD driver uninstaller and Driver Fusion to ensure nothing was left in the registry.
The GPU does not overheat during Kombustor or during WoW. temperatures are stable. It continues to flash red instead of glowing a solid red on max load while an old game like WoW maxes out the graphics card on medium settings.
All the while my 4 year old PC gets better performance.

I am very discouraged since I am certain the card I got is not performing to its standards of a 290x or simply entirely defective. I purchased it as a gift for my relative and I did not actively use it until the end of April when we started to actually play games on it. Up until the building of the PC we only used it for web browsing and had no idea the graphics cards would behave this way under any kind of load.
I purchased this graphics cards in early March during the time when it was very difficult to get a 290x for a reasonable price. I honestly don't know what to do at this point. It is past the 30 days and I have a graphics card, who's performance is unplayable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Renata M.
  • 5/3/2014 1:07:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor graphics performance

Pros: Supposed to be one of the best 290x cards. Looks nice. Has a good cooling system.

Cons: The card I received seemed to work initially but once I started up a game it started flashing red. I was getting very low 25-35fps with settings on medium and lower. The screen was especially choppy when turning around in game or panning the camera.
I used all the latest drivers using the MSI Live Update software and confirmed that it is not a driver issue.

Other Thoughts: My build was new and fairly capable:

i7 4770k (not overclocked)
MSI z87 GD 65 Gaming Motherboard
32gb ram
MSI 290x Lightning (not overclocked)
800 watt power supply
Samsung 840 SSD

I play World of Warcraft and have always had good performance from my 4 year old PC that runs with a Radeon 5800 series GPU. With my new computer and using the 290x I am getting even worse performance than a 4 year old graphics card. This was very surprising and I initially suspected the CPU since Wow is heavily CPU dependent.
However, I checked CPU usage at only 10% and the GPU was using 95-100% while the Lightning letters are flashing red. When I used the Provided Afterburner and Kombustor software to check performance, I found the card maxed out while playing Wow on medium settings.
I ran Kombustor to test the graphics card and it, as expected, showed a solid red light to indicate max load while running the test. No flashing. While playing world of warcraft on medium settings, I got a red flashing and terrible fps in 30s.
I have tried all the fixes recommended, like turning off power saving features on the PCI-E slot. I made sure there was nothing in the BIOS that was set on energy savings. Fan speed was fine and all 3 fans were spinning correctly. All latest drivers. Reinstalled multiple times using official AMD driver uninstaller and Driver Fusion to ensure nothing was left in the registry.
The GPU does not overheat during Kombustor or during WoW. temperatures are stable. It continues to flash red instead of glowing a solid red on max load while an old game like WoW maxes out the graphics card on medium settings in an outdoor area (Not raid or capital city).
All the while my 4 year old PC gets better performance.

I am very discouraged since I am certain the card I got is not performing to its standards of a 290x or simply entirely defective. I purchased it as a gift for my relative and I did not actively use it until the end of April when we started to actually play games on it. Up until the building of the PC we only used it for web browsing and had no idea the graphics cards would behave this way under any kind of load.
I purchased this graphics cards in early March during the time when it was very difficult to get a 290x for a reasonable price. I honestly don't know what to do at this point. It is past the 30 days and I have a graphics card, who's performance is unplayable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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