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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.
  • 1/23/2015 11:04:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig, heavy lump

Pros: Haven't really put it under a hard load yet, but it is working well, as I always expect of ATI cards.

Cons: None yet, except for the large size (requiring tin snippage in my case) and weight.

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  • Raphael K.
  • 1/20/2015 1:15:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderfull card

Pros: overclocks like a bute. tempretures are good.frames keep on coming

Cons: i never got the amd never settle bundle. maybe newegg is nolonger giving them a way. i was really hoping to get one :(

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  • Bailey D.
  • 1/19/2015 6:33:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CARD

Pros: Works like a beast and nothing went wrong so far. Even it does I have dealt with msi support and they did a great job.(also its 3 years!) The card lights up.. which I think is awesome! This card is worth the buy.

Cons: Two minor down falls. If you love AMD you will know that they consume power like crazy so if you want to crossfire this bad boy you will need like 1200 watts with a AMD 8 core in your system? ridiculous. The other down fall can be a plus though its huge! Its 1 foot long but dont worry about that so much my case the NZXT H440 can fit it when i toke a hard drive cage out. Im pretty sure any mid tower can hold this just make sure though...

Other Thoughts: Great card if you have a beast power supply (750 watts at for one and 1200 to crossfire two) its actually cheap for how good it is (350 when i bought it) and dont let the length stop you from it.

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  • Oscar P.
  • 1/19/2015 11:33:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied after 5 weeks

Pros: Good performance while it worked

Cons: Card only lasted 5 weeks. I'm doing the RMA right now.

Other Thoughts: I'll update this review after the RMA process.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Jonathan Y.
  • 1/19/2015 12:15:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood card, if it works.

Pros: Looks nice, very high quality packaging, theoretically performs well.

Cons: Does not perform as it should or just simply doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: Approaching my new build I did a lot of research as to what components to include, for the gpu I settled on this card. It never really worked, it'd boot and you could use the desktop for a few moments but inevitably the screen would freeze or go black. The few times I was able to get into a game performance was substantially worse than that of my laptop with a GTX 630M, with plenty of stuttering and odd bugs. I'm hoping after this RMA with Newegg I'll have a card working as it should, having eliminated driver problems and other hardware conflict (the pc runs fine using the AMD integrated graphics, problems only happened when the card was plugged in) already. Upon reading many of the other low reviews it seems that this is a relatively common issue. Shame, it's definitely a nice card- if you get one that works.

Maybe MSI will step up and fix their QC soon, they've been getting a reputation among enthusiasts I know simply because of the odds of getting a non/half functional unit.

Fingers crossed that my MSI mobo doesn't go too, I suppose!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Andre S.
  • 1/18/2015 6:46:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT!!!

Pros: So this is a great R9 290x card, in terms of size and performance. I personally believe that this is how an R9 290x should be performing under air cooler. So far it is quiet, and the loudest it went is when playing goes to 73C and 49% fan. Never beyond that. My EVO 212 is constantly running louder than the loudest of the fan noise of the lightning.

For you epic MMO gamers, usually I ran R9 290 Visiontek downed to 880mHZ for stability purposes and it will still be 95C at the peakest moment. Crashes for being too hot if I stayed under factory clock. So while upgrading to the X version, I have a practically better cooled card as well.

I have a friend of mine having R9 290x vapor version, it ran cool, but artifacts (not at his) problem seems to be rampant for that version.

Currently waiting for my additional 120mM fan to cool my case better, so I choose not to OC it yet

Cons: It is long and covers 3 slot of PCIE. make sure you have some of the spaciest MOBO, if you have a sound card with you, or you have to put some cards next to each other and may affect the airflow for each cards' cooling.

The biggest cons that I have is for NEWEGG actually. your shipping can be better. It was freezing cold temperature here at Rhode Island when the card arrives, and it arrives super cold. I was basically holding an ice block as i open the box. It is no wonder that many of your items arrived DOA (none so far for me- I am lucky I guess), but imagine for those new computer tech guy, who does not know how to handle cold computer component may end up with failures- hence have to RMA most of the stuff they ordered from Newegg.

I know that most current components can hold to even negative degrees, but condensation due to that low of a temperature may cause problem. So please, additional padding/ foaming may be great. Even used newspaper filling on the box will greatly help.

Other Thoughts: It is a great card, if you can get the one that works properly safely at your house. I did in my first and only try and as such I am giving 5 eggs here.

Start your rebate later, close to the end of period if you can, since newegg will not accept RMA with a cut out upc label. you have 2 weeks to test your card and make decision on that. Do not be tempted with a measly $20-$30 rebate.

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  • Oren F.
  • 1/18/2015 5:16:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing card.

Pros: Cool. Quiet. Hardly get's hot. Lives up to the hype.
Performance after play testing and benchmarking is equivalent or better than my EVGA 780ti.

Cons: It's huge. I mean MEGA large. Very close tolerances in my case.
If you want to Crossfire this bad boy get ready for a mother board challenge. It takes up 2 1/2+ slots, or basically 3 slots. So you can't simply plug 3 of these in. In fact I don't think there's a motherboard in existence that can crossfire these 3-way without using water cooling.

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  • Sean M.
  • 1/16/2015 5:13:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: This card is fantastic. I upgraded from a 7850 1GB and now I can play anything in my library at Max settings in 1080p. It stays fairly cool, my maximum temps I've seen was 64C playing Far Cry 4 for a few hours. The fans get loud if you turn them up, but leaving it on auto has been working great and I never hear them.

Cons: The only con I had with this card is that it started giving me random black screens after a couple weeks. They got more frequent and started happening just browsing the internet. Eventually, it failed to post and the LED phase lights on the back wouldn't turn on. RMA'd with MSI since I claimed my rebate. Considering shipping it there went through New Years, overall process was fast. MSI gave me a pristine looking refurb that's working great now. Hopefully it stays working.

Other Thoughts: I tested it in a friends computer to make sure it was worth RMAing, and it would not fit in his Mid Size case. Definitely make sure it will fit in your case before buying.

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  • David H.
  • 1/9/2015 11:42:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSecond card failed

Pros: No pros with the second card I had

Cons: Bought a 2nd card to xfire and about after a week it went dead. Could not claim my $30.00 rebate because I sent it back to Newegg for replacement which won't accept it with cut out UPC label.

If I sent it to MSI, I would of spent $20 at least on shipping, waited weeks longer and probably receive a refurbished r9 290x, rather than a brand new one I will receive with newegg since I only owned product for a week.

I was having computer freezes and low fps performance, finally in device manager the 2nd card was not showing up. I took all cards out and put the 2nd one in the primary slot, the PC started up but no display ever came on. Card was defective.

Other Thoughts: When I had 2 of these, they take up 3 slots each, so there is zero space inbetween the cards with a standard 2 pci-e 3 slot spacing. The top card would heat up to 84c, the fan would shoot up like a rocket and become incredibly loud. This was at stock clocks, I had to downclock both cards to 800mhz and put voltage at stock. They did run both overclocked during testing, but having it close to 1180-1200mhz caused the PC to lock up randomly in windows due to the low power state voltage I believe, not sure if it was just the problem card, but I believe that is an issue that has been around for awhile if you clock cards very high.

I ended up sending 2nd card for replacement, and buying a kraken x41 all in one water cooler for the top gpu, a kraken g10 to hold the cooler on and about 32 copper heatsinks for the ram chips and all the VRMS. I probably spent $180 for extra cooling for top card, to avoid the insane fan sound and heat it produces. The bottom card barely went any higher than it would if it was solo. Haven't received my replacement yet so not sure how my project work out, I think good with the 2 kraken devices and 32 copper heatsinks, but that just means more stuff to possibly have faults, we shall see, I'm very optimistic and should have a good system for awhile. One card would use 100% of its gpu, if I had two cards in they would both be around 60% usage, not good because I want a solid 144hz at 1080p ultra, and it would drop to 90fps a lot. I was told it could be my 4670k @ 4.5ghz bottleneck, but I've read online that they tested 3x 7970 with an i5 and i7 and it showed no difference with FPS (give or take a few). If you think you'll get magical overclocks because its a lightning without LN2, think again, the ram is what can overclock like crazy and doesn't make much of a difference in games. I can't wait to build my xfire system with the liquid cooling on top card, but beware of what I warned you about, just my two cents,

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  • Isaac C.
  • 1/5/2015 4:22:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsR9 290X

Pros: Excellent Card, quiet 99% of the time unless fans are going 100%. Has kept cool and great fps on all sorts of games CIV5, Various MOBAs etc. Running 3 monitors (not eyefinity sadly) all @ 1920 x 1080p, and again no issues, or tearing or heat from the card.

Cons: Large. Like wow large! This card made my old GTX 560TI look like a baby. I don't think my mobo can't SLI two of these due to the sheer width of the card. On the upside, with that much surface area, heat becomes less of a worry :)

Other Thoughts: Cool running, quiet, great price, good looking, what more do you want? Oh and the included software was easy to use and overclock (if that's your thing) and set profiles.

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