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Radeon R9 290X
Effective Memory Clock
Black / Yellow
- 4-way CrossFire Capable
- 3-way CrossFire Capable
- 2-way CrossFire Capable
Expansion Slot Width
2 PCIe 8-pin + 1 PCIe 6-pin
- 24 points
- 57 months ago
from completed build Vulcan III
As somebody who has been burned by EVERY SINGLE Nvidia graphics card I have ever owned... all of them being by EVGA... I decided to take a chance with ATI (AMD) this time around... Boy, am I impressed... First, I have to congratulate MSI at converting a new follower (me) for their graphics cards. A lot of times when you have companies that make cards for both Nvidia and AMD, the company will choose a preference for one GPU over the other and either AMD or Nvidia versions will suffer based on which one they choose. This can be seen in Asus slapping their GTX 780 Matrix Platinum cooler onto their R9 290x Matrix Platinum, creating the most expensive, hottest running, poorest overclocking 290x on the market, and then selling it as an "overclockers card"
This card is designed from the ground up for overclocking... Jesus this thing is big... First of all, it comes in a black jewelry grade box, with a satin strap that holds the lid from folding over upon opening. The "Lightning" logo is engraved into the bottom corner of the box in gold leaf. The bottom of the box features a drawer with a Certificate of Quality and Stability, a custom steel plate with adhesive thermal pads for if you are going to use liquid nitrogen, and some molex to 8 pin adapters. That last item should be thrown away and never included unless you want to set your house on fire. This card requires two 8-pin PCI E connectors to power it, with an optional 6-pin for extreme overclocking. With two 8-pins in, the card's Lightning logo changes color based on load: blue for idle, green for medium, and red for heavy. With the optional 6-pin in, it just stays red. There is also blue LEDs for the power phases, similar to that seen on Sapphire's R9 290 Vapor-X and 290x Vapor-X.
This card is an overclocking MONSTER. It is voltage locked out of the box unless you apply for an ABK Pro Overclocker certificate from MSI... however there are ways around that.... the voltage lock only seems to be present in MSI Afterburner... if you download Trixx from Sapphire, the VDDC Offset is now unlocked (sorry, MSI, I had to, locking the voltage on this card is an abomination)... My max overclock is 1220 MHz Core (up from the 1080 MHz stock) and 1350 VRAM (up from the 1250 MHz stock). I can also get the great quality Samsung GDDR5 all the way up to 1560 MHz, or 6240 MHz effective, but to do this, I have to lower the core clock down to 1180 MHz. The 1220 MHz core results in better FPS in games, whereas the 1180 MHz core and 1560 VRAM results in a better 3dMark Firestrike score. The card never exceeds 82 C in my hot room even at max OC, though the card does get quite loud. EK has a waterblock for it, so... yeah... it's a beast. If I could give this thing 6 out of 5 stars, I would. 5/5.
- 17 points
- 49 months ago
from completed build The Lightning(First computer build)
Love this card. Runs most games max setting at 1080p at upwards of 60FPS which is exactly what I bought it for. Overclocks like a champ. The GPU I'm getting about 20% on the VRAM just goes. It's a triple slot card so it is huge, it moves a lot of air but it still runs kinda hot and is hard to recommend with new chips right around the corner but, if you find one at a decent price it's a great card and offers a ton of performance.
- 8 points
- 51 months ago
from completed build Powerhouse: computer
this graphics card can literally handle anything, and I havnt even overclocked it a single bit, I run it stock and no issues, however I do notice the price is a bit high for this card, I was lucky enough to snag one on sale last year for $350