R9 290X LIGHTNING

Core/Memory

1080MHz Core 
4096MB GDDR5 5000MHz Memory


Video Output Function

Dual-link DVI-D x 2
DisplayPort x 1 (version 1.2)
HDMI x 1 (version 1.4a)

  • HDMI_vga

MSI LIGHTNING graphics cards are engineered for perfection. Using the best components and industry-leading design principles, MSI LIGHTNING graphics cards are the top in the overclocking world for years. Advanced cooling, new features and a quality experience make it the default choice for those looking for the best performance.

TriFrozr Thermal Design

The new MSI TriFrozr Thermal Design is a cooling masterpiece. To deliver the best possible thermal performance, the new TriFrozr is equipped with two 90mm and one 80mm fan that cool the enormous fin grid array below it. Seven 8mm SuperPipes transfer heat directly from the GPU to the fin grid array. Designed to dissipate 550W of heat, the TriFrozr is guaranteed to keep your GPU cool in your quest for maximum performance.

Independent fan control

Independent fan control allows for finer control of fan speeds. This increases your flexibility when it comes to customizing your own fan settings and it allows the LIGHTNING graphics card to respond quicker when temperatures rise in certain parts of the graphics card.

GPU temperature Fan controller #1
PWM temperature Fan controller #2
PWR temperature Fan controller #3

Airflow Control Technology

The aluminium fin grid array of the thermal design features special grooves that prevent thermodynamic "dead air" situations. This maximizes the use of airflow and efficiency of the available cooling surface and enhances heat pipe performance because of the directed airflow.

Propeller Blade Technology

MSI Propeller Blade fans have 20% more airflow than traditional fans and disperse the cooling air over a larger area. In turn, the heat sink and heat pipes benefit from more cool air and this increases its efficiency.
 

Our most advanced thermal design yet

 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple load level indicator

A different load, a different light. With the triple load level indicator, you can see how many Watts are running through your LIGHTNING's veins. The illuminated color on the top side of the Lightning changes to Green, Blue and Red color, depending on the load and the intensity of usage.

< 150W Idle/2D
> 150W
< 210W
Light gaming
> 210W Gaming/OC

Enhanced Power Design

Both GPU and Memory are powered through the PCI Express Graphics power connectors. This eliminates noise or power ripple on the Graphics card's memory when overclocking and reduces interference and lowers stress on the Motherboards power delivery circuitry.

 
550W Thermal dissipation
Nickel plated copper base Large surface for efficient heat absorption
8mm super pipe 7 SuperPipes for maximum heat dissipation

Military Class 4 components

The key deciding factor in performance is stability. The higher your stability, the higher your performance can be. MSI exclusively uses Military Class 4 components to power the LIGHTNING. These components are MIL-STD-810G certified and have proven to be able to withstand the torturous conditions of extreme overclocking.

DrMOS

DrMOS is the next-gen MOSFET which is used to deliver power to the GPU. DrMOS does not waste much power, stays cool and is more power efficient than other powersaving solutions. Because DrMOS is a 3-in-1 chip it delivers much more power with less components needed. This solution gives you the power to break world records.

Copper Mos

This latest technology of MOSFETS are built on a copper packaged principle which dissipate heat fast evenly and make sure the right voltages hit the right components on the MSI Lightning graphics card.

Hi-c CAP

A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP's MSI motherboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Super Ferrite Chokes

Super Ferrite Chokes use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Chokes to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

PCB Design

The MSI LIGHTNING PCBs are the envy of the industry. To house the dramatic amount of 20 phases, a LIGHTNING PCB is made from scratch and designed to deliver the highest stability when overclocking. Thanks to its design, it doesn't require any external modifications to reach world-record breaking performance, making it much easier for an overclocker to start his benchmarking runs.

Power supply
  Reference design MSI LIGHTNING
Memory power Shared with PLL from PCI Express Bus Separate power pins for GPU and Memory, PLL uses power from slot
PWM controllers 1 for the whole card 1 for GPU power, 1 for memory and PLL
System influence Memory OC will increase power noise on motherboard Motherboard not affected by GPU & Memory OC

LN2 MODE

The core ideology of LIGHTNING is the ability to break world records, easily. Thanks to a single BIOS switch, a LIGHTNING graphics card is ready for extreme performance, by tripling or quadrupling the Power, Current and Thermal limits of the card. This simply means you can extract maximum performance out of your card without the risk of damaging it through soldering or other hard-mods.

Original mode

  • 200W Core Power Limit
  • 240A Current Limit
  • 250W TDP Limit
  • Factory OC

LN2 mode

  • 900W Core Power Limit
  • 800A Current Limit
  • xxxW TDP Limit

3x3 Kit

Using MSI Afterburner you're in complete control of your graphics card. Being able to read out correct speeds, voltages and temperatures is essential

Triple Overvoltage

Through MSI's unique design you can apply voltages to not only the GPU and Memory, but also an auxiliary voltage that is relevant to your card's extreme performance.

V-Check points

V-Check points allow you to accurately measure the voltages of your graphics card as software will always show a small variance and this can be disastrous under wrong circumstances.

Triple Temp Monitor

Measuring your GPU temperature is pretty common nowadays, but what is the temperature of your memory? Or your PWM phases? Find out with MSI's Triple Temp Monitor function.

 

 


  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

Gold Award
2015-01
Iran
Along the review as you read, MSI Radeon R9 290X LIGHTNING has amazing performance with lowest temperature and noise because of monster Tri-Frozr MSI cooling solution, it looks great, and in addition, I should explain this monster cooling easily can handl...
10021
Overclocker's Choice
2015-01
Iran
Along the review as you read, MSI Radeon R9 290X LIGHTNING has amazing performance with lowest temperature and noise because of monster Tri-Frozr MSI cooling solution, it looks great, and in addition, I should explain this monster cooling easily can handl...
10022
9.5 note
2014-07
Portugal
“In short, this is a graphics card more top of the range there, where every detail has been thought out and nothing was left to chance. Your price is somewhat high, 630€, but the amount payable by the sheer quality and potential of this product.„
9816
Gold Award
2014-05
Denmark
“If you are looking for a 290X card that you want to overclock all the way to the sky and use extreme cooling with, then MSI 290X Lightning is the right card for you.„
9824
Gold Medal
2014-05
Spain
“It has offered a more surprising raw power, is able to move any type of game reaching 120 fps. Regarding the price, which is around € 650, quite high, but this is a graph of a great power, carries a standard of outstanding quality.„
9747
Sello-Recomendado
2014-05
Spain
“It's a high-end graphics card, it 's a completely ready to satisfy high performance requirements, encouraging and facilitating the practice of extreme overclockin graph. With all the guarantees of safety and durability.„
9748
Gold award
2014-05
Netherlands
“The new Lightning is back on top and perfect for the target audience. Even with air cooling the Hardware.Info Pro OC team managed to break multiple world records.„
9770
Editors Choice
2014-05
Denmark
“I can't give MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4GB less than a score of 10 for a perfect product. MSI have solved all the problems with the original R 290X graphic card and that deserves it's praise.„
9827
Best quality award: April 2014
2014-04
Ukraine
“New graphics card "Lightning" of MSI will allow to make a real game storm in early May. If you choose the maximum speed graphics card with the top chip AMD, the considered model definitely deserves attention.„
9738
Editor's Choice
2014-04
Malaysia
MSI R9 290X Lightning is a very powerful card that can handle anything you throw at it. While the price may turn some gamers away, the power that comes with it is non-negotiable and that's why it is worth the price for the quality it brings. In the mark...
9696
Editor's Choice: Best product
2014-04
Ukraine
“So outstanding performance is realized not only by the powerful cooling, but also thanks to the unique PCB design with modified and enhanced power system. Lightning will please the users with an enhanced monitoring capability and increased overclocking f...
9737
5 Satrs
2014-04
France
““The MSI R9 290x Lightning graphics card is extreme in everything : Ultra large cooling system, not less than 3 power connectors, boosted GPU frequency two operation modes.”„ “A modified R9 290x which proves convincingly on certain aspects : graphics ch...
9763
Editor's Choice
2014-04
Australia
“MSI has always been one of our favorite brands when it comes to video cards due to the simple fact that they have some of the best series on the market. ” “M SI doesn't offer anything that is going to cause problems to the card in terms of voltages, s...
9641
Top-Technology
2014-04
Germany
“Incidentally, the R9 290X Lightning works with 1080/2500MHz, making it the most powerful Hawaii card on the market - and potentially also the most tuning friendly candidate.„ “Our measurement protocol detcts max 74 degrees core temperature and 77 degree...
9643
The choice of overclockers
2014-03
Ukraine
“MSI Radeon R9 290X LIGHTNING is an uncompromising engineering product, which can offer a unique PCB with enhanced 15-phase power system, powerful proprietary cooling system and excellent overclocking potential.„
9626
Elite
2014-03
UK
“From the packaging to the aesthetics, the on-board components to the overclocking, the MSI R9 290X is sure to blow you away. If you are looking for the best R9 290X money can buy - look no further.„
9615
Gold
2014-03
UK
“From the packaging to the aesthetics, the on-board components to the overclocking, the MSI R9 290X is sure to blow you away. If you are looking for the best R9 290X money can buy - look no further.„
9616
Gold
2014-03
UK
“It's Brilliant. It's Rapid. It's Yellow. It's a worthy winner of our OC3D Gold Award and the best Radeon card on the market today„
9575
Editors choice
2014-01
Russia
“Prestigious card for serious gamers „ • Dual BIOS • Three fans with independent rotation • Connectors for voltage measurement • Strong Power System • Leadership in almost all tests
9537
2013 Annual Gold Award
2014-01
Indonesia
Through MSI GTX 780 Lightning , MSI graphics card again managed to bring them to a higher level, which is a hallmark of their Lightning series. The length of time the development is a dish of sweet fruit with high gaming performance even when used in a st...
9483
Editor's Choice: Best product
2013-12
Ukraine
“MSI N780 Lightning offers a bunch of improved design with enhanced power system, powerful cooling and great overclocking potential. Complex multi-phase PWM is paying off even during overclocking with air cooling. Outcome at the rate of 1267 MHz Boost is ...
9464
Overclocker's Dream
2013-12
UK
“There are overclocked graphics cards and then there are overclockers’ graphics cards. This graphics card from MSI is certainly the latter„
9412
Gold
2013-12
France
“We are overwhelmed, especially since the implementation surprise was when unpacking the card, as the first pictures do not clearly did justice to the GTX 780 Lightning. This card is a gem, a powerhouse able to charm you. The stylistic shift had left us s...
9394
Gold
2013-12
Czech Republic
“We are overwhelmed, especially since the implementation surprise was when unpacking the card, as the first pictures do not clearly did justice to the GTX 780 Lightning. This card is a gem, a powerhouse able to charm you. The stylistic shift had left us s...
9447
Product of the Year
2013-12
Turkey
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning, with its increadible cooling and performance that exceeds even Titan becomes the most successful graphics card of the year 2013„
9377
PCTuning Gold Award
2013-12
Czech Republic
“The card is exquisitely wrought, fitted with quality components, the high performance and reserve the clock is phenomenal.„ “The performance after overclocking is the bomb, as well as the ability to monitor and control through utility card manufacturer....
9574
Product of the Year 2013
2013-12
Ukraine
“It took about a year for the MSI engineers to develop an exclusive version of graphics card based on the chip GK110. Fundamentally improved PWM to squeeze the maximum from the GeForce GTX 780. Even in normal mode device is able to compete with the GeForc...
9390
Highly Recommended
2013-12
Australia
“MSI allowed its engineers to crank up the base and boost GPU clocks of the lighting from the 770’s standard1046/1085 MHz to 1150/1202MHz, respectively. That higher than the 5-7% that most of MSI’s competitors are willing to push, but still in the range o...
9446
Golden
2013-11
Spain
“The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning delivers outstanding performance coupled with a really high overclocking capability that catapults the GTX 780 to a higher level. If we add your thanks to low noise and temperatures TriFrozr contained system, this is one...
9404
Top Technology
2013-11
Germany
“Clock record candidate and a paradise for tuning specialists, but no fun for silent friends.„ “Besides a high potential for a drastically increased life expectancy due to supersized components as well as special functions one can overclock to the top of...
9232
Gold
2013-11
Spain
“Colorful graphics for this iGame has opted for the cooler that has three 90mm fans, which is not anywhere near the best solution when it comes to solutions SLI„
9403
Silver
2013-11
Indonesia
“N780 Lightning MSI is a custom GTX 780 that has been overclocked by factory. Core clock overclocked high enough up to 980 MHz (117 MHz above reference version), with memory still default at 6008 MHz DDR. MSI rely on a longer PCB costume and also equip ...
9442
CHIP TIP CHOICE
2013-11
Indonesia
“MSI Lightning series is highest series in graphics card lineup from MSI. MSI N780 LIGHTNING specially designed for extreme overclockers. MSI N780 LIGHTNING includes the exclusive software for this graphics card. The software used to control speed of the...
9443
CHIP Best Performance
2013-11
Indonesia
“MSI Lightning series is highest series in graphics card lineup from MSI. MSI N780 LIGHTNING specially designed for extreme overclockers. MSI N780 LIGHTNING includes the exclusive software for this graphics card. The software used to control speed of the...
9444
The choice of gamers
2013-10
Ukraine
“As a result of examining the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning, we can describe it only super positively, because it will please not only overclockers, but also gamers who are interested in the best performance of their systems.„
9215
The choice of overclockers
2013-10
Ukraine
“As a result of examining the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning, we can describe it only super positively, because it will please not only overclockers, but also gamers who are interested in the best performance of their systems.„
9216
DonanımHaber Performance
2013-10
Turkey
“The Lightning video reviews always end the same. The design, cooling, silent operation and performance of these cards always win our appreciation. When we check prices in foreign countries, we don’t see big gap between standard cards. We hope it will be ...
9231
Gold
2013-10
Spain
“That said, and to conclude, the MSI GTX 780 Lightning makes very high and continues the line of the range of MSi, which started beyond 2009 for this great series for enthusiasts, leaving the GTX 780 in the very near TITAN values with what the brand Santa...
9478
5 Stars
2013-10
France
“So what do this MSI GTX780 Lightning version? Start directly from my point of view, that is to say that a fan of overclocking and "extreme"cards. This GTX780 Lightning is perfect„ “It is therefore in my opinion the best card made by MSI at the moment an...
9235
Technopat Editors Choice
2013-10
Turkey
“In terms of purchase we can say MSI GTX 780 Lightning is one of the best model in performance and especially cooling.„
9228
Technopat Decent Design
2013-10
Turkey
“In terms of purchase we can say MSI GTX 780 Lightning is one of the best model in performance and especially cooling.„
9229
Technopat Recommends
2013-10
Turkey
“In terms of purchase we can say MSI GTX 780 Lightning is one of the best model in performance and especially cooling.„
9230
Recommended
2013-10
Russia
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning - video card to unlock the potential of which is possible only with the use of extreme cooling . It is specially designed for professional overclockers who want to achieve the best results on the world stage - the results of...
9204
Hardware
2013-10
South Africa
“MSI has produced possibly the best GTX 780 we’ve seen to date. There are equivalent alternatives, but there are no better cards.” PLUS Very impressive cooler / Looks fantastic / Superb performance MINUS Pricey / In limited supply
9331
HWM
2013-10
Philippines
"MSI made sure heat won’t be a problem when overclocking on this graphics card, since it has a heatsink that features seven 8mm Superpipes for heat dissipation under its TriFrozr cooler. The performance of the MSI N780 Lightning is nothing short of impres...
9334
Recommended
2013-10
Philippines
“The N780 Lightning features Military Class 4 components for its PWM system, making it ideal for stable overclocking for additional performance improvements.” “The MSI N780 Lightning is a high-end card with quality build components that will allow overc...
9332
Recommendation
2013-09
Poland
“The new cooling system with three fan is relatively quiet and efficient but unfortunately it is in the housing slot PCI -Express card , giving a massive appearance. In specific cases, it may hinder the combination of cards in SLI and circulation of air i...
9156
Great Product
2013-09
Denmark
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning 3GB is a real Titan killer in many aspects” “If you're a gamer who doesn't want a dual GPU card but still want the best, then this is the card for you. It's also the way to go if you have extreme overclocking in mind.”
9153
Editor's Choice
2013-09
Ukraine
“MSI N780 Lightning is one of the most high-speed versions of the GeForce GTX 780 on the market. The true potential of the adapter will open while cooling with liquid nitrogen. World recordsmen in various disciplines already provide their treasure with MS...
9214
Pure PC 4 Fires
2013-09
Poland
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning in theory overclocker has everything you might need - 20 phase power section, high-quality components, the module reduces electrical noise, etc. Besides, it costs over PLN 3000, so this is one of the most expensive GTX 780 o...
9143
OC Ready
2013-09
Poland
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning in theory overclocker has everything you might need - 20 phase power section, high-quality components, the module reduces electrical noise, etc. Besides, it costs over PLN 3000, so this is one of the most expensive GTX 780 o...
9144
Performance
2013-09
Poland
“MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning in theory overclocker has everything you might need - 20 phase power section, high-quality components, the module reduces electrical noise, etc. Besides, it costs over PLN 3000, so this is one of the most expensive GTX 780 o...
9145
4 fires
2013-09
Poland
9191
Top Pick
2013-08
Netherlands
“We reward the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning edition with our top pick award. What an impressive product.”
9123
Best Performance
2013-08
Thailand
“It’s a best choice in Graphic card that is GTX 780.” “MSI GTX 780 LIGHTNING is one of the best in class, perfect in every feature, excellent in TriFrozr Thermal Design, provide the Triple Level Signals LED features, special in Pure Digital PWM control,...
9189
Best Innovation
2013-08
Thailand
“It’s a best choice in Graphic card that is GTX 780.” “MSI GTX 780 LIGHTNING is one of the best in class, perfect in every feature, excellent in TriFrozr Thermal Design, provide the Triple Level Signals LED features, special in Pure Digital PWM control,...
9190
Best Quality
2013-07
Italy
“Overall, the customization done on the MSI GTX 780 Gaming is focused on performance optimization and lower noise, improving the reference version without a huge increase of purchasing price. If you want to buy a GTX 780 we recommend to choose the MSI ver...
9445
Atomic 'Hot'
2013-02
Australia
The wait was well worth it for those after one of the best implemntations of Nvidia's Geforce GTX 780
9441
  • Graphics Processing Unit
    AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
  • Interface
    PCI Express x16 3.0
  • Core Clock Speed (MHz)
    1080
  • Memory Size (MB)
    4096
  • Memory Type
    GDDR5
  • Memory Interface
    512 bits
  • Memory Clock Speed (MHz)
    5000
  • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)
    320
  • DVI Connectors
    DL-DVI-Dx2
    Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600 @60 Hz
  • HDMI Connectors
    1 (version 1.4a)
    Max Resolution: 3840x2160 @30 Hz
    4096x2160 @24 Hz
  • DisplayPort
    1 (version 1.2)
    Max Resolution: 4096x2160 @ 50 Hz
  • Maximum Displays
    Up to 6 displays with the use of a DP MST Hub
  • HDCP Support
    Y
  • RAMDAC speed (MHz)
    400
  • DirectX Version Support
    11.2 API (feature 11_0)
  • OpenGL Version Support
    4.3
  • Multi-GPU Technology
    CrossFire, 4-way(SW)
  • Card Dimension(mm)
    302x131x55 mm
  • Card Weight (g)
    1580
  • Power consumption (W)
    250
  • Recommended PSU (W)
    750
  • Power Connectors
    2 x 8-pin ; 1 x 6-pin

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

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