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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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • James K.
  • 4/21/2015 5:52:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfollow-up...not good news

Pros: This card had performed well. Nice to be getting higher fps in games than others are bragging about. Fairly quiet, and it's output has looked really nice as well. I had shopped and wrestled with myself for some time before buying it, and had been satisfied with it, though I had not strained it with any super-demanding apps or games. Probably the last week or two on GTA V have been as close to "high demand" as it has seen.

Cons: Have been using it for 2-3 months, and a week ago or so it barfed and crashed everything. Tracked down that it was this card, no signal out at all. The lights on the card looked normal. Put an old card in to make sure it wasn't some other issue, and the rig came back up. Reinstalled the Lightning and played around with reboots, and it finally came up. Two days ago it crashed again...no signal, black screen of death, etcetera. Messed with it for most of the evening after work the next day....nothing. Put the ancient card back in the rig today, and will need to start an RMA process, I suppose. I had not pushed it hard, had not overclocked it, none of that. It just plain failed. As big and heavy as it is, I would have thought it would take a severe beating to upset it, but it just goes to show. Very discouraging to buy a top-line card and have this kind of result, after a very short time of less than "abusive" use.
Now, of course, as more people have gotten this card, I see a plethora of reviews complaining of the same problem as mine had. Also in common with some other purchasers, I was denied the advertised rebate for some little niggling detail, and since I sent the UPC in from the box, Newegg won't do any RMA. I just hope that MSI will be as professional as Newegg has been.

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  • Eric R.
  • 4/4/2015 4:24:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRMA replacement card RMA'ed- 2 in a row

Pros: Fast turnaround on RMA'ed card.

Cons: I received my replacement card for original card which was RMA'ed (see first review), and it worked for 2 months until it failed. In addition to that, the RMA staff DID NOT return my card in it's original box and packaging which I paid for with my hard earned money. They instead sent the card back to me in an alternative and inferior package. Inexcusable and deplorable! :( The card is a great performer when it works but I have lost confidence in MSi to build and/or QC their products.

Other Thoughts: Anchorage for small aquatic craft.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your RMA return card, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com or by phone 626-271-1004 M-F 6AM to 6PM PST and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Joe F.
  • 4/2/2015 10:40:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked great until it didn't

Pros: Fast card, great frame rates.

Cons: Was browsing the web, and the card crashed the system. Sent out for RMA.

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  • Steven R.
  • 3/25/2015 10:43:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAlways liked MSI, rebate is a joke

Pros: Card functions well as was expected. I'm a frequent buyer of MSI components for my own PCs as well as several other self built units and I'm usually very satisfied.

Cons: The rebate system is a joke. A 5 day window from receiving your shipment to send out the rebate information is ridiculous! Denying that claim even after explaining a weather delay in the shipping and not allowing at least a week to determine if you are keeping the card after a burn in period seems to be setting these rebates up for failure. Rebates are essentially a legal theft or bait and switch tactic being employed with increasing regularity.

I did immediately, even before the package was received, go to the rebate site and register my rebate on the MSI website, so good faith was displayed but no accounting for that after two phone calls to the rebate (no)help center. Great job MSI, 27$, yea that's 3$ I was paying them to actually get it to me before the seasons change twice, just cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Other Thoughts: Here is my rebate number so you can thank the reps for doing a great job handling it.

6113944010961048

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with the rebate process.
You must follow instructions word by word by providing a valid invoice printed off Newegg's website (not the packing slip that was provided in the package), the UPC code cut from the product's box, the rebate document, and send out the mail promptly before deadline.
If you were denied, the rebate center would generally allow you to resubmit missing documents again, except if you had missed the deadline.

However, if you still have any issues with your rebate claim, then please contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will see what we can do for you.
Thank you.

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

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  • Robin H.
  • 3/16/2015 1:01:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Huge and well made. Max all games at 1080p. Runs fairly quiet & cool. Will update OC result. : )

Cons: Not found yet.

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  • tyler s.
  • 3/11/2015 6:33:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnicknamed Black Screen

Pros: Averaged 60+ FPS on most high end games

Cons: Black screened after 7 days, has a reputation of this

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
There are no known issue and based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Verify the MSI video card on another working system if possible.
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • Brian R.
  • 3/8/2015 3:34:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome!!!!

Pros: Excellent Over clocker, able to hit 1225/1700 on air. Max's out every game out there!! Its a big card, heavy and power hungry, but well worth it!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: None!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nick r.
  • 3/7/2015 4:57:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat card, but

Pros: The quietest and most powerful 290x, hands down. This card isn't silent, HOWEVER it is as quiet as you can possibly get a 290x. Leave the card to do its own fan control and it will never go past 70c at 100% load, while maintaining an extremely quiet profile for a card of this level of power. I personally have never been past 65c at 80 Fahrenheit ambient temp.

This is the overclockers dream. You can push enormous amounts of electricity through this card, and in L2 mode practically lets you do whatever you want (activated by a switch on the card). No other 290/x has as much headroom (if any) as this card. It is future proof tier with 3 power connectors and 4GB of VRAM you can take this card to the next level if you ever have to for newer demanding games years from now.

Cons: Now to the reason I gave this amazing card 3 stars.

I paid 336$ for this card, and with it included a 30$ rebate, so the total was suppose to be 306$. I did everything required of me to fulfill the rebate and was denied my rebate. It has left me angry and dissatisfied and has ruined the idea of rebates for me.

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  • Sheldon S.
  • 3/1/2015 3:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Video Card

Pros: Great build quality. Backplate is great. Fans are barely audible below 50% speed and dont really get loud until you push them to around 65-70%. Overclocks like a champ. Easily got 1180 on the core and 1600 (Effectively 6400) on the memory just by increasing the voltage 100mv and the power limit by 50%. Very stable. The overclocking really puts this card in another tier.

absolutely beautiful packaging. very fun to open.

Cons: 2 6+2 and 1 6 pin are required to overclock. not a huge deal because if you're buying a card of this caliber, you most likely will have a power supply that works with it.

card size is large, but thats the sacrifice that was made to ensure that the card could run very low temperatures on air.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/27/2015 9:26:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: Very powerful, able to run Far Cry 4 on ultra like a champ even without overclocking. Surprisingly quiet.

Cons: Very minor stuff. It eats a couple PCI ports, so plan accordingly. It also eats a ton of power. Still, not any major issues.

Other Thoughts: Good value, looks great, performs even better. I got it for around $350 and it's worth every penny.

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