MSI shows off Radeon R9 290X Lightning

Published: 6th Jan 2014, 11:07 GMT

MSI Raden R9 290X Lightning (1)

Anandtech spotted MSI R9 290X Lightning in MSI booth at CES 2014.

It looks like MSI redesigned the cooler for Radeon R9 290X.  It is now definitely triple-slot design due to higher heat sink (GTX 780 Lightning was also 3-slot, but this card is slightly bigger). This change was probably caused by much more demanding power design of the Hawaii GPU.

The Tri-Frozr cooler shroud is the same as on GTX 780 Lightning. It was designed in Triple Force architecture. Other interesting features of MSI Lighting are: Triple Level Signals (load level LED indicators), Military Class 4 components, enhanced power design (Digital PWM) and TWIN Bios.

The leaked PCB shot revealed that we might be looking at 12+3+2 phase power design, which is definitely an upgrade from reference board. What’s more it will also require 3 power connectors including a pair of 8pins and a single 6pin.

The MSI R9 290X Lightning is equipped with Hawaii XT GPU which holds 2816 Stream Cores and 64 ROPs. Additionally we have 4GB GDDR5 memory and 512-bit interface.

All that will be premium priced. However, Anandtech did not ask about the price and the release date, so this remains unanswered.

MSI Raden R9 290X Lightning (4) MSI R9 290X Lightning

MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning PCB front

Source: Anandtech

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