MSI Radeon R9-290X Lightning PCB Spotted

Image Source: TechPowerUp

TechPowerUp 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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • patrick47018
    So it begins..
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  • vmem
    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
    so cute :D one graphic card per power supply!
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  • xroe
    So we went from how fast can it run Crysis to how fast can it cook a steak.
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  • bemused_fred
    Finally! An R9-290-series card worth buying! Y'know, if you have the money that is....
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  • -Fran-
    12092613 said:
    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
    12092773 said:
    12092613 said:
    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
    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
    That card is power hungry, om nom nom nom!
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  • eldragon0
    Good think I posted this in the forums 2 days ago.
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