MSI GPUs at CES 2014: Massive R9 290X Lightning and Moreby Jarred Walton on January 6, 2014 4:02 AM EST
Along with notebooks and all-in-ones, MSI had quite a few large GPUs on display. The past month saw a massive shortage of AMD GPUs, thanks in no small part to the surge in Bitcoin/Litecoin prices. Couple that with the holiday shopping season and the R9 290 and 290X have been selling for well over MSRP – R9 290 today continues to sell at $500 and more, while R9 290X has pushed into the $600+ range and even the rebadged R9 280X (7970 GHz Edition) has been selling at more than $100 over MSRP.
Into that mix, MSI is releasing a gigantic R9 290X with their triple-fan and triple-slot GPU. The R9 290X Lightning should have the cooling capacity to keep the Hawaii cores running at maximum performance, but the drawback of course is that running more than two such cards in a single case will prove problematic at best. For those who are looking for the performance of the R9 290X without the noise, however, this may be the perfect solution.
Several other GPUs were also being shown, most with large 80mm or larger fans. The GTX 760 ITX is interesting as well, in that it’s a potent GPU designed for use in smaller mini-ITX cases. (And like all things mini-ITX right now, don’t forget to mention the Steam Machines whenever you encounter a product for this market.)