CES 2014: MSI Previews the Radeon R9 290X Lightning

Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2014 - 01:40 PM |
Tagged: CES, CES 2014, msi, 290x, radeon, amd, Lightning, R9 290X

The MSI Lightning series of graphics cards continues to be one of the best high end enthusiast lines available as we have seen with our reviews of the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning and the R7970 Lightning.  At CES this week in Las Vegas the company was showcasing the upcoming card in the series based on the latest AMD Hawaii GPU.

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The MSI R9 290X Lightning features an updated triple cooler design and heat pipe cooler that appears to be truly impressive.  If the weight of the card is any indication, this GPU should be running considerably cooler than most of the competition.  

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MSI has included a dual BIOS option, updated Military Class 4 components and hardware but be prepared to sacrifice three slots of your motherboard to this monster.  Power requirements are interesting with a pair of 8-pin power connectors and a single 6-pin connector, though the 6-pin is going to optional.

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The power of the card still comes from AMD's latest R9 290X Hawaii GPU, so you can be sure you'll have enough gaming power for just about any situation.  We implored MSI to make sure that the overclocks of this card, probably in the 1050-1100 MHz range, are maintained consistently through extended game play to avoid any awkward variance discussions. 

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January 9, 2014 | 05:44 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

What a Beast!!!

January 9, 2014 | 10:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Ill take 3 plox... My watercooling setup is waiting

January 13, 2014 | 12:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

WHEN? I too am waiting for a couple of these plus waterblocks.

January 15, 2014 | 04:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

if you guys are buying waterblocks why would you even buy this version of the r9?? lol

January 31, 2014 | 02:04 PM - Posted by Silver Sparrow

Better PCB, better design but most importantly the third power cable!

Anyone want two r9 290 reference cards when this is released :/ lol

January 16, 2014 | 08:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Same reason people modify already high performance vehicles, you can modify a regular Subaru impreza, and you can modify the wrx sti. The latter having better components and further along, providing a better starting point.

If the reference design 290x scores a theoretical base of 100, then with a waterblock maybe 125. Now the lightning might score a 115 out of the box, but with a waterblock might be capable of 135?

So yes, ditching the huge heatsink and fans for a waterblock is a bit out of the ordinary, but the rest of the card's design improvements mean it will be even better then a refrence design under water....

September 1, 2014 | 10:05 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hello guys i have MSI R7970 Lightning
should i buy MSI R290X lightning?
your comments would be helpful for me :)

thank you

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