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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.

Learn more about the MSI R9 290X LIGHTNING

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Jason H.
  • 7/18/2015 2:20:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMonster of a card

Pros: Runs cool. Runs all modern games on Ultra settings @ 1080p. MSI Afterburner allows you to tweak and overclock your card like no other, well, there's R1vaTun3r which Afterburner and Precision X is based on and big props to Alexey Nicolaychuk for this powerful tool.

Cons: Not sure why they made the center yellow fan smaller, since smaller fans are noisier.

Other Thoughts: Always reapply thermal paste on new video cards, since they tend to do a sloppy job at the factory, and when properly reapplied, drops the temps by a few degrees Celsius. I personally use Prolimatech's PK-3, works great even on uneven surfaces.

Haven't begun overclocking the card as I have no need for the extra performance boost atm.

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  • Mounghwa S.
  • 6/19/2015 11:35:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: No frame drops, no black screen, perfect.

Cons: Loud when it comes to high setting games like Civ 5, Civ Beyond earth, Heroes of the storm, etc.

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  • JESSE G.
  • 5/19/2015 3:39:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Ran everything i tossed at it at max. GTA 5, BF4 and so on.

Cons: Kept freezing. Got new power supply fixed the issue for a day. Kept freezing again with/without OC. Eventually died few days after i have received it without OC. Couldnt get any video out of the card ended up getting my money back.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
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, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. If possible verify the video card on another working system to check.
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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  • Anonymous
  • 5/8/2015 2:46:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIts yellow because its a Lemon, skip it.

Pros: Pretty

Cons: This was all within the 1.5 weeks I had it for:

1) Numerous FPS drops when playing Ultra hovered around 30-40 FPS, my old MSI Lightning 6970 would be able to play the same games on default clock settings with the same specs and have FPS hover around 55FPS

2) Black screen within a week of ownership, simple fix, hard restart comp

3)Today dead, came home from classes only for my Motherboard to display postcode 2E, VGA issue, black screen is unfixable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
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, for best result do a clean install of window with update driver.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. 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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  • 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.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
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, try different power supply.
2. If possible verify the video card on another working system to check.
3. 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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  • 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.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
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. ensure driver is up to date.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. 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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  • 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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