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Found this through Google https://www.dropbox.com/s/9kkxjuw2a0n421v/R9%20290X%20LIGHTNING%20Infokit%201_0%20-%20PDF%20Version.pdf

loved flipping through it, this card is going to be insane. apparently it also comes with a optional plate that you can put on top of the first plate for memory/VRM. and they state a oc of 1400mhz on 1.4v in there.

that additional plate is only for LN2 cooling, you dont use it with the regular air cooler or water cooling.
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that additional plate is only for LN2 cooling, you dont use it with the regular air cooler or water cooling.
You actually DO use it with water cooling, if you have a GPU only block.

edit: to clarify my slide about the memory. We spent about two months with AMD tuning the memory. In the end it was between Samsung and SK Hynix, where of all the test boards, the Hynix memory just reached better results on average.
Edited by neliz - 3/6/14 at 8:00am
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A nice review on Guru3d: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_r9_290x_lightning_review,1.html

Looks like its time to sell my current cards.
Edited by navit - 3/6/14 at 8:13am
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what is the software limitation for the voltage? do you have to have a special edition of MSI AB for extreme voltages?
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You actually DO use it with water cooling, if you have a GPU only block.

edit: to clarify my slide about the memory. We spent about two months with AMD tuning the memory. In the end it was between Samsung and SK Hynix, where of all the test boards, the Hynix memory just reached better results on average.

NICE thumb.gif Glad you are on here. I have some questions for you. What is the difference between the copper mosfets and the DrMOS4 mosfets MSI uses on the high-end cards? I see on the GTX 780 Lightning you went with all DrMOS4 on the GPU phases and copper mosfers on the memory phases. Just curious why? And why did MSI not go with more GPU phases on this card and why only copper mosfets?
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You actually DO use it with water cooling, if you have a GPU only block.

edit: to clarify my slide about the memory. We spent about two months with AMD tuning the memory. In the end it was between Samsung and SK Hynix, where of all the test boards, the Hynix memory just reached better results on average.


thats true, sorry i was thinking about a full cover block from EK lol. So yeah, if you have a universal block for the core only, use the additional plate.


also @neliz Do you have any results on ln2 you can share with us? Im excited to try ln2 with my kingpin soon, might look into getting one of these lightnings as well to put them head to head.
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what is the software limitation for the voltage? do you have to have a special edition of MSI AB for extreme voltages?

this is the most important question.
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A nice review on Guru3d: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_r9_290x_lightning_review,1.html

Looks like its time to sell my current cards.

Review is awful for over clocking, they state that they were limited in overclocking because of the board power limit. It's a lightning card, no such thing as board power limit
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what is the software limitation for the voltage? do you have to have a special edition of MSI AB for extreme voltages?

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this is the most important question.

You always need a special ABX for voltages. With 780 you needed both abx and special bios. With 7970 just abx, but there was also a bios for certain situations. Gtx 580 needed special abx and i never used a 680, but can only assume it needed abx and probably a bios to get around power limits.
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But did you look at how well the cooler worked? that is important as well.
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