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MSI Radeon R9-290X Lightning PCB Spotted

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The PCB of MSI's R9-290X Lightning has been spotted, and it's pretty!

Image Source: TechPowerUpImage Source: TechPowerUpTechPowerUp has posted some pictures of MSI's upcoming Radeon R9-290X Lightning; or well, its PCB. The PCB pictured is still in its pallet form, so there are no components on it yet. Regardless, you can still see a number of things on the PCB, each more impressive than the last.

Looking at the PCB, the first thing that you might or might not notice is that it is actually a bit taller than the standard width of graphics cards. This is to accommodate the more elaborate power circuitry, which is hands down baffling. MSI has packed the PCB with room for a massive VRM design, which is fed by a staggering two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, topped off with an extra 6-pin PCIe power connector. This is one 8-pin PCIe power connector more than the reference design, giving the card 150 more watts to play with.

The 'Lightning' name is probably more appropriate for this card than the GTX 780 Lightning, given its immense power consumption.

The PCB also features a number of voltage measurement points as well as three 4-pin fan headers, so clearly, it'll also carry the TriFrozr cooler, or a variant of such, that we saw on the GTX 780 Lightning.

The report also indicates that Hong Kong-based hardware vendors intend to release their custom cooled R9-290(X) cards between the end of December and early January. Sorry, Santa won't be bringing you your silent R9-290 or R9-290X.

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    patrick47018 , December 3, 2013 3:16 PM
    So it begins..
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    xroe , December 3, 2013 3:34 PM
    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.
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  • 14 Hide
    patrick47018 , December 3, 2013 3:16 PM
    So it begins..
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    vmem , December 3, 2013 3:21 PM
    they should call it 290x FIREBALL or something for that 450W :p 

    that said, this shall be exciting to witness in benchmarks
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    Amdlova , December 3, 2013 3:28 PM
    so cute :D  one graphic card per power supply!
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    xroe , December 3, 2013 3:34 PM
    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.
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    bemused_fred , December 3, 2013 3:55 PM
    Finally! An R9-290-series card worth buying! Y'know, if you have the money that is....
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    Yuka , December 3, 2013 3:57 PM
    Quote:
    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.




    Man, we need an update to that one with AMD, hahaha.

    Cheers!
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    xroe , December 3, 2013 3:59 PM
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    Quote:
    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.




    Man, we need an update to that one with AMD, hahaha.

    Cheers!


    Not going to lie, that's the pro-est thing I have ever seen.
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    robochump , December 3, 2013 4:16 PM
    I want to pull the trigger on a R9-290 but damn its a power hog! Debating on waiting for updated version.
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    lp231 , December 3, 2013 5:01 PM
    That card is power hungry, om nom nom nom!
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    eldragon0 , December 3, 2013 5:08 PM
    Good think I posted this in the forums 2 days ago.
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    Zeh , December 3, 2013 5:49 PM
    Does it come with an air conditioner?
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    Stevemeister , December 3, 2013 6:08 PM
    One of the power connectors is there just to spin the cooling fans fast enough :) 
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    xroe , December 3, 2013 6:33 PM
    Ok guys after talking to a guy behind an ally he confirmed that the card uses that much power to power a hidden flux capacitor. Apparently this aim of this card is to use it to travel back in time three years and show off the card. He himself stated that this would be purely for bragging rights before calling me a punk and urinating on my shoes.
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    lp231 , December 3, 2013 7:00 PM
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    Does it come with an air conditioner?


    It needs 2 air conditioners too cool it and a nuclear reactor to power that thing.
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    dnw1962 , December 3, 2013 7:18 PM
    Did anyone think of the possibility that maybe it is one board for two different cards. A 290 with a 6 and an 8 pin connector or a 290X with two 8 pin connectors.
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    xiinc37 , December 3, 2013 7:19 PM
    Apparently AMD didn't get the message that this is a device for making mathematical calculations quickly, not an internal combustion engine or an apparatus for cooking food. A computer component should operate at room temperature, ideally. Realistically, a few dozen C of leeway is ok. But if a component operates at a significantly -higher than room temp- temperature (or requires a significantly lower temp to work properly), something is VERY wrong.
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    f-14 , December 3, 2013 8:11 PM
    sweeeeet.
    now my PC will double as an easy bake oven so i can hast my cake and eat it!
    tits man.
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    jimmysmitty , December 3, 2013 8:57 PM
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    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.


    Hah!!!!

    That's good. Strange thing though, a friend of mine at my old job told me something interesting. The owner decided to bitcoin/litecoin and had 2 R9-290s running and they were only pushing 81-85c each. I was surprised but I guess it must depend on ambient and air flow.

    I can't wait to see the AiB ones as I know they will be way better.
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    eldragon0 , December 3, 2013 9:24 PM
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    Did anyone think of the possibility that maybe it is one board for two different cards. A 290 with a 6 and an 8 pin connector or a 290X with two 8 pin connectors.


    You sir/ma'am get a +1 interwebs for the day. That's very possible HOWEVER I'm looking forward to it being a 2x8 1x6 because my psu has 6x6+2's on it and the power to back it. Not that I want the board to require 450w each, just that they have the ability, hell maybe the 8 or the 6 will be an "optional" plug that we don't even need.
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    oxiide , December 4, 2013 1:05 AM
    I don't think it will be that hard to power this card, the hard part will be figuring out how to dispose of your spent fuel rods. #radiation poisoning #yolo
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