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One of the easiest overclockers we've come across. Keeping the switch firmly on the standard mode, rather than LN2 mode, the card only required a gentle nudge to the voltages to bring the GPU up to 1150MHz. The Memory is where the card really shines though, up from 1250MHz at stock to 1650MHz. A massive overclock and one we are very happy with, maybe with a few software changes we may be able to squeeze more out but we are very happy with what we managed to achieve in such a short time with the card and should be a good indicator to what the average Joe can expect when experimenting at home.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/msi_r9_290x_lightning_review/1
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EDIT: Everyone who says this is a bad clocker or bad reviewer. Remember he does not have the skills in OC'ing like many of us on OCN got. He did not even use LN2 bios.
The results will probably be much better once we our hands on it, and Lightning cards are meant to break records on water and LN2.
Edited by go4life - 3/4/14 at 6:04pm
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Similar performance to my unlocked 290s core wise. But that Memory OC is sweet.
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If only I could buy it for close to MSRP... looks like a winner.
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Not worth it. My retail 290x runs 1600 memory and 1300 core with +200 offset no problem. I expected more out of this card...
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Not worth it. My retail 290x runs 1600 memory and 1300 core with +200 offset no problem. I expected more out of this card...
On air with no throttling? Besides, this card is meant to be liquid cooled for extra performance.
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On air with no throttling? Besides, this card is meant to be liquid cooled for extra performance.
Mines under water with EK block. Still with that cooler he should of pushed it further.
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Mines under water with EK block. Still with that cooler he should of pushed it further.

did not even touch the PL. will wait for ocn members to test.

edit: i mean, at those clocks it should max out the PL and left the voltage alone. lottery i guess.
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What weak overclock numbers.
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No surprise here with the "results" of this "review."
What we learned today
1. MSI made a nice cooler
2. 290x Lightning overclocks to normal 290x reference core and memory
Wow, what a conclusion.
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did not even touch the PL. will wait for ocn members to test.

edit: i mean, at those clocks it should max out the PL and left the voltage alone. lottery i guess.
Sad to say that this is the only way I validate whether a card is worth my money these days. OCN users or bust.
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Not worth it. My retail 290x runs 1600 memory and 1300 core with +200 offset no problem. I expected more out of this card...

Mining stable != Game / Benchmark stable.

Can you run Valley / Heaven / Firestrike / Crysis 3 at those Clocks & Voltage.

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