MSI Showcases Radeon R9 290X Lightning At CES 2014 With Tri-Frozr Cooling

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jan 6, 2014
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MSI has showcased their latest Radeon R9 290X Lightning at the CES 2014 booth which features the flagship Tri-Frozr cooling and custom PCB design for unprecedented cooling and overclocking performance for PC enthusiasts and overclockers.MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning

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MSI Showcases Radeon R9 290X Lightning At CES 2014

The MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning features the AMD Hawaii XT GPU sporting 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 Render back-ends and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating along a 512-bit bus interface. The core and memory frequencies were not mentioned but we are certain that the card would be clocked beyond the 1000 MHz mark for the core.

From previous leaked PCB shots, we know that the Radeon R9 290X Lightning is going to feature the most power-ful PCB ever produced for the Hawaii GPU with a 12+3+2 phase power design that would be powered through an 6-Pin and dual 8-Pin connectors. So that’s alot of power being fed to the core and components which means LN2 overclockers have something of a treat headed to them.

MSI has implemented their new Triple force architecture on the card which has three basic features. First is the Triple Level Signals which is basically a on-board LED that shows real-time load on the card by displaying three colors, Green for Light Load, Blue for medium load and Red for Heavy Load. Then comes with Pure Digital PWM control which offers more precise voltage, power/voltage control via MSI afterburner application and faster V response time. Last of all comes the most anticipated feature of the card, the TriFrozr Cooler.

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The cooling on MSI’s GeForce GTX 780 Lightning is handled by the latest TriFrozr cooler which is making an debut with the new Lightning graphics card. It looks amazing boasting three fans, two black colored while one 80mm yellow themed fan sits in the middle. The shroud looks fantastic with a large Lightning logo on one side and a massive aluminum fin array sitting beneath it which cools the GPU under massive overclocked loads. The heatsink is equipped with seven 8mm heatpipes that offer superior direct contact and heat dissipation off the GPU base.

 

The interesting part is that the fan in the middle dissipates heat off the PWM supply while the other two fans cool the GPU and Memory chips. The card is powered through Dual 8-Pin connectors while Display outputs include Dual DVI, HDMI and a display port. Pricing and launch date were not revealed but the card looks like it is the final retail model hence would possibly launch this month for a premium price over $599 US.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning Shots:

Following image is courtesy of Sweclockers!

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