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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...

and they used 14.2. look what happened to 14.2 Beta at 1300/1500 . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8059568

13.11 WHQL at 1300/1600

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7716320
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Not a very good OC, I expect OCN members to eek out more. Both my 290 and my brothers' two 290x's do better. And we've both pushed more than 6k graphics-score in firestrike.
It was the same story with the Kingpin, wasn't it?
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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...

and they used 14.2. look what happened to 14.2 Beta at 1300/1500 . . .

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8059568

13.11 WHQL at 1300/1600

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7716320


And what does that matter? The review isn't trying nor is its purpose to put up top flight numbers.

13.11 beta at 1225/1500

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7381362
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And what does that matter? The review isn't trying nor is its purpose to put up top flight numbers.

13.11 beta at 1225/1500

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7381362

nothing really. i just thought that for a review it is more appropriate to use WHQL.

edit: i'll wait on you to test this gpu. if ever.
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Surprised how many of you are saying this is a low OC. What kind of OC's are you guys getting on your 290X / 290's? Guess its luck of the draw, but i would love to hit these clocks on my 290x. On water, no matter how many volts i give mine, i cant get to 1080 without artifacting / crashing / black screening...

The Lightning looks pretty nice to me, always liked MSI's cards, didn't see a price though, wonder how much over msrp this will be?
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1150Mhz core? What a joke for an OC-built card. yeah that +400 memory OC is great, but memory OC isn't nearly as important as core OC. Hawaii cores just all suck at overclocking I guess...

That cooler seems to do wonders though. 70C under load is fantastic for a full Hawaii core. Also I wanna address something - people say this thing is built for water cooling. No it's not. It's built for 2 different types of people - those who want a good air OC, and those who will be cooling with LN2. Otherwise they wouldn't put so much work into making such a robust air cooler, which is factored into the price. It usually takes manufacturers forever to release a waterblock for each lightning card, and sometimes they never even make one at all. For example, EK didn't release a block for the GTX 780 Lightning until after the 780 Ti was already release. Anybody who had the 780 Lightning really couldn't get a full cover water block during the 780's prime time.
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It's funny that some of you guys expect to see crazy overclocks from a reviewer.
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Surprised how many of you are saying this is a low OC. What kind of OC's are you guys getting on your 290X / 290's? Guess its luck of the draw, but i would love to hit these clocks on my 290x. On water, no matter how many volts i give mine, i cant get to 1080 without artifacting / crashing / black screening...

The Lightning looks pretty nice to me, always liked MSI's cards, didn't see a price though, wonder how much over msrp this will be?
I can get 1150/1625 rock stable with +70mv core. But anything above that requires a boat-ton of voltage tongue.gif
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1150Mhz core? What a joke for an OC-built card. yeah that +400 memory OC is great, but memory OC isn't nearly as important as core OC. Hawaii cores just all suck at overclocking I guess...

That cooler seems to do wonders though. 70C under load is fantastic for a full Hawaii core. Also I wanna address something - people say this thing is built for water cooling. No it's not. It's built for 2 different types of people - those who want a good air OC, and those who will be cooling with LN2. Otherwise they wouldn't put so much work into making such a robust air cooler, which is factored into the price. It usually takes manufacturers forever to release a waterblock for each lightning card, and sometimes they never even make one at all. For example, EK didn't release a block for the GTX 780 Lightning until after the 780 Ti was already release. Anybody who had the 780 Lightning really couldn't get a full cover water block during the 780's prime time.

Wrong, do some research and look around ocn before you claim stuff like this... Personally my 290 was bench stable 1225/1550, on air might I add that. There are people on h20 who have done 1300 and beyond. Silicon lottery and like tsm said it's a reviewer...
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It's funny that some of you guys expect to see crazy overclocks from a reviewer.

My thoughts exactly.

Not to mention that where this thing should shine is under LN2, not on air or water.
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