MSI has announced the enhanced MSI R9 290X Lightning graphics card.
Sporting a design that reminisces the MSI Lightning series, the new card comes with 2 x 8-pin and 1 x 6-pin power connectors on board, guaranteeing a minimum of 450W available for overclocking. Also, the TriFrozr Thermal Design has been improved to dissipate heat more efficiently from the GPU and on-board components. The GDDR5 memory on the new has been optimized in cooperation with AMD to deliver optimal overclocking results whether cooled on by air or through extreme cooling like Liquid Nitrogen.
The MSI R9 290X Lightning is the first to bear the new MSI OC Series logo. Featuring 12 GPU phases in an innovation solution to deliver the most stable voltages to the GPU when pushing extreme benchmarks, the optimized memory configuration promises new levels of memory overclocking on AMD’s R9 series. Extreme overclockers can use the special LN2 BIOS on the card to reach for overclocking records without special hardware modifications.
With 3x OC kits, V-Check points allow you to accurately measure GPU, Memory and PLL voltages. Triple Temp Monitor checks the real-time temperatures of the GPU, Memory and PLL while Triple Overvoltage allows you to overvolt those same components in order to achieve higher clock speeds. Equipped with Military Class 4 components, the MSI R9 290X Lightning is built to withstand sub-zero freezing or extreme temperatures.