MSI’s upcoming R9 290X Lightning was been previewed by the guys over at Overclock3D. The R9 290X Lightning will be MSI’s latest “Lightning” card featuring the AMD “Hawaii” GPU along with MSI’s TriFrozr cooling solution and Military IV Class Components.
The MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning will be powered by AMD’s Hawaii XT GPU featuring 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory will operate along a 512-bit interface. We are going to assume that both the GPU and memory will be overclocked from the reference speeds.
The card will feature a very powerful 12+3+2 power phase design that will be powered through dual 8pin and a single 6pin connector. This type of power design means that beyond the factory overclock you are going to push this card even further. No other R9 290X has this type of power design.
MSI is using their new Triple Force Architecture on the card, which has three basic features. The first is Triple Level Signals which are on-board LEDs that display how much load is on the card. There are three colors: green for light load, blue for medium load and read for heavy load. Secondly you have the Pure Digital PWM control which will give precise power / voltage control via the MSI Afterburner app and faster V response time.
Cooling the card will be MSI’s latest TriFrozr cooler. It features three cooling fans, two are colored black, while the smaller middle fan is yellow. The shroud is all black with yellow accents. There is a massive heatsink with seven 8mm heatpipes that will keep the card nice and cool.
This card is expected to launch in the next few days and we are expecting a hefty price tag of $799 or more!