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Old 04-03-14, 01:00 PM
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MSI R9 290X Lightning Review



MSI have two major lines, the regular Gaming edition and the hardcore overclocking Lightning. Today we're looking at the R9 290X Lightning.

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Old 04-03-14, 02:02 PM
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Old 04-03-14, 02:18 PM
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Looks like MSI have done good with the Lightning
Anyone want to buy my Tri-X for £530 so I can buy one of these?
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Totally worth the wait Tom, thanks.
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Hey guys, new here but I'm a member on OCN with the same user name.

Anybody think this is worth it for watercooling. It seems to be made more for LN2. Currently running a trifire rig with 2 refererence 290x and 1 tri x oc. Also have an xfx 290x DD black that I'm going to be adding soon. Able to maintain 1200/1550 daily use OC while I can bench at 1250/1650. Will the 290x lightning be able OC to 1300+ 24/7 ? I might sell my xfx and get this one instead. Btw out of my three cards 2 are hynix (xfx ref. tri x) 1 is elpida (sapphire ref)
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Hey guys, new here but I'm a member on OCN with the same user name.

Anybody think this is worth it for watercooling. It seems to be made more for LN2. Currently running a trifire rig with 2 refererence 290x and 1 tri x oc. Also have an xfx 290x DD black that I'm going to be adding soon. Able to maintain 1200/1550 daily use OC while I can bench at 1250/1650. Will the 290x lightning be able OC to 1300+ 24/7 ? I might sell my xfx and get this one instead. Btw out of my three cards 2 are hynix (xfx ref. tri x) 1 is elpida (sapphire ref)
There might not be a waterblock for it seen as it's a custom PCB. Unless EK have one in the works?
Seen as these aren't cherry picked cores though, there is no guarantee that you would get one that would be a better overclocker than your current 290s.

For watercooling a normal non ref 290 would be better, the reason for spending more on a card like the lightning is for the cooler. If you strip the card down and slap a waterblock on it, then it pretty much becomes a normal 290 with better Vram.
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There might not be a waterblock for it seen as it's a custom PCB. Unless EK have one in the works?
Seen as these aren't cherry picked cores though, there is no guarantee that you would get one that would be a better overclocker than your current 290s.

For watercooling a normal non ref 290 would be better, the reason for spending more on a card like the lightning is for the cooler. If you strip the card down and slap a waterblock on it, then it pretty much becomes a normal 290 with better Vram.
Thanks for the perspective. I'm pretty sure the big buys (XSPC, EK, Koolance) will make blocks for this soon. Using xspc currently but I will wait for some more reviews on this card before I decide either way.
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I wonder if Sapphire will release a card like this now. They'll probably be annoyed that the crown of fastest 290x/290 has been taken.
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It's really good to see a manufacturer has tamed this fire breathing monster in such a cool quiet way, well done MSI
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Awesome, is a beast. Big cost no doubt, but what a card! Great review Ttl man!
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