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. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specification with your local dealers.
  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
Best of 2014 - Performance
2014-12
UK
Their R9 290X Lightning rocked up with some rapid clocks 'out of the box' and the capability to push into stratospheric numbers.
11167
Best design
2014-07
Russia
Линейка видеокарт LIGHTNING тоже существует достаточно давно (первопроходцем стал адаптер GeForce GTX 260), поэтому имеет солидное портфолио, состоящее из отличнейших девайсов.
10479
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
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.
10561
Gold Award
2014-06
Denmark
Leder du efter et 290X kort, der skal overclockes til himlen og gerne ekstremkøles, så er MSI 290X Lightning det rigtige kort for dig.
10639
Silver Award
2014-06
United States
MSI continues to utilize the yellow and black color scheme that many of the company's high end parts integrate and I love the combination. .
10572
Silver Award
2014-06
United States
“MSI continues to utilize the yellow and black color scheme that many of the company's high end parts integrate and I love the combination..„
9787
gold medal
2014-05
Spain
Ha ofrecido una potencia bruta más que sorprendente, es capaz de mover cualquier tipo de juego alcanzando los 120 fps. Respecto al precio, que ronda los 650 €, bastante elevado, pero estamos ante una gráfica de una gran potencia, lleva consigo un estándar...
10530
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
Es una tarjeta gráfica de gama alta, Es una gráfica extrema, totalmente dispuesta a satisfacer la máxima exigencia de resultados, favoreciendo y facilitando la práctica del overclockin. Con todas las garantías de seguridad y durabilidad.
10370
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
Gold award
2014-05
Netherlands
De nieuwe Lightning is weer op en top voor de doelgroep. Zelfs met luchtkoeling wist ons Hardware.Info Pro OC team menig record met de kaart te verbreken.
10487
Editors Choice
2014-05
Denmark
Jeg kan ikke give MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning 4GB mindre end en score på 10 for et perfekt produkt. MSI har formået at få løst alle problemer, der er med de originale Radeon R9 290X grafikkort, og det kræver altså sit.
10641
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
Best quality award: April 2014
2014-04
Ukraine
Новая графическая «молния» от MSI позволит устроить настоящую игровую грозу в начале мая. Если вы выбираете максимально скоростную видеокарту с топовым чипом AMD, рассмотренная модель определенно заслуживает отдельного внимания.
10383
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
Editor&#039;s Choice: Best product
2014-04
Ukraine
Такие выдающиеся показатели реализуются не только благодаря мощному охлаждению, но и благодаря уникальному дизайну PCB с доработанной и усиленной системой питания.Лучшая модель на базе Radeon R9 290X для геймеров и оверклокеров!
10354
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
5 Satrs
2014-04
France
Une R9 290X modifiée qui s'avère convaincante sur certains aspects : puce graphique bien refroidie, léger overclocking et silence de fonctionnement au repos.
10313
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
Top-Technology R9_290X_Lightning
2014-04
Germany
Unser Messprotokoll bescheinigt höchstens 74 Grad Kern- und 77 Grad Wandler-Temperatur. Die wuchtige Metallplatte, welche das komplette PCB bedeckt und die Hitze verteilt, erzielt in Kombination mit der starken Belüftung konkurrenzlose Werte.
10283
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
The choice of overclockers
2014-03
Ukraine
MSI Radeon R9 290X LIGHTNING – это бескомпромиссное произведение инженерной мысли, которое может предложить уникальную печатную плату с усиленной 15-фазной подсистемой питания, мощную фирменную систему охлаждения и отличный разгонный потенциал.
10300
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
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.
10322
Performance
2014-03
Poland
MSI R9 290X Lightning to narzędzie dla wymagających overclokerów, ale niekoniecznie graczy, którzy oprócz wysokich osiągów oczekują również cichego systemu chłodzenia.
10796
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
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
10284
  • Graphics Processing Unit
    AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
  • Interface
    PCI Express x16 3.0
  • Boost / Base Core Clock
    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
    12 API
  • 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. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specification with your local dealers.
  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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