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I believe this card deserves a thread of its own. The overclocking capabilities of this card put it in a different class and the discussion here will involve unlocked options and settings that reference and other R9 290X do not have. More to come....









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Triple Force Architecture
- Triple Level Signals - Show the real-time GPU load by different colors.
- TriFrozr Thermal Design –Triple PWM fans with Independent Control System on
- Pure Digital PWM Control – Digitally controlled GPU, Memory and VDDCI
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- Twin BIOS – Separated BIOS chips for grgular use and LN2 overclocking
- Enhanced Power - 12 GPU phases and 3 Memory phases on a custom designed 12 layers PCB for amazing overclocking potential.
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- Components pass MIL-STD-810G certification for the best stability and quality
- Equipped with CopperMOS, Hi-C CAPs, New SFC and All Dark Solid CAPs.
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- Triple Temp Monitor: Real time Monitoring of GPU, Memory and PLL conditions.
- V-Check point: For direct and accurate read-out of GPU, memory and PLL voltage.

VGA FAN CONTROL
- MSI's exclusive software and only for R9 290X LIGHTNING.
- Temperature of GPU and PWM on the interface.
- Control the fan speed via two PWM controllers automatically or manually.




Video Output Function

Dual-link DVI-D x 2
DisplayPort x 1 (version 1.2)
HDMI x 1 (version 1.4a)



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MSI Graphics Card Driver
MSI StarOSD
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MSI Dual Core Center
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Norton Internet Security™ 2008 60 days Trial
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-Detects and eliminates spyware
-Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically
-Protects against hackers




http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9_290X_LIGHTNING.html
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/msi_r9_290x_lightning_review/1



Unlock and Overclock Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
You may need to reinstall driver when switching bios.
To unlock voltage, install afterburner and go into settings. Check Disable ULPS and Extend Overclocking Limits.
Check unlock voltage and restart Afterburner.





Procede At Your Own Risk

To unlock Afterburner to +200mv -

Go to desktop and right-click AB shortcut.
Go into properties and add this to target.
Apply and close.



Double-Click on AB shortcut. Now go back into properties and remove the code.
Apply and close.

Open Afterburner and you will now have +200mv. Once you move slider it will revert to +100mv being max.
AB will continue to open with +200mv until you select "Reset"






Also: Ruby Tool - Rbby258ABVoltmod1.zip 217k .zip file

https://www.overclock.net/t/1398725/unlock-afterburner-limits-on-lots-of-cards-some-with-llc-ab-b-19



https://www.overclock.net/t/1265543/the-amd-how-to-thread



This thread is now official - staryoshi

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Factory backplate Install With EK Waterblock-







List of materials needed -

- Drill Press
- Belt Sander
- 1/8" Drill Bit
- 12 M3x8 screws ( you only need 9, extra just in case.)
- 4 M3x4 blk, screws and 13 plastic washers from EK Waterblock hardware
- Lots of patience

I'm going to be concentrating on the backplate mod, since EK provides instructions for waterblock installation.
Follow EK's directions up to putting screws in and tightening everything down. Do not put the screws in!

The factory backplates holes are just the slightest bit small to accept the M3 x 8 screws so we need to drill them out with a 1/8" bit. I suggest using a drill press to make a clean hole and best result.








Next you need to sand the edge of the screw head to fit inside the recessed mounting points on the backplate. I suggest using a belt sander and loads of patience. Test with one, sanding until it just fits inside the recessed cavity of the backplate. Once you have one sanded to correct size, use it to compare as you sand the rest. Take your time and watch your fingers!






Take 4 of the black M3 x 4 screws from EK along with washers and place in the 4 holes around the gpu and tighten. Next place the EK plastic washers, from the hardware bag, over the holes on the rest of the pcb and line up the backplate with them. Gently place the backplate down making sure that the washers and holes line up.
Place the screws in there respective places and gently tighten, working from the middle out to both ends.

* There is one hole that will not be used. Its on the bottom above the pci-e fingers


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http://www.msi.com/product/vga/R9_290X_LIGHTNING.html












http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_r9_290x_lightning_review,13.html




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Got a question for you guys, might ask in the regular 290/X thread as well, anyways, how much of a bottleneck can I expect from running two or three of these things using PCIe 2.0? Since the crossfire link is now done through the PCIe bus, what kind of bottleneck can I expect?

Thank guys! Looking at getting two or three of these, probably just two lol.

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Also looking forward to some real OC results on these cards since the reviews thus far haven't done the card much justice.

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