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    MSI 7970 Lightning revealed

    The awaited MSI HD 7970 Lightning has finally made it out into the light; although we have no specs yet, it looks strong and beefy just like a Lightning should and we expect it to be in the top of the food chain as far as clocks are concerned.





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    Damn, 7870 Hawk and 7850 Twin Frozr look sexy too!!!
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    Wouldn't it be nice to be able to bench this card without having to use a dremmel tool on the heatsink?
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    Usually Gigabyte SuperOverclocked has highest default clock, however the Lightning has been no#1 on LN2 last 2 rounds..
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    What's with the round cutout w/arrows on the backplate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunslinger View Post
    Wouldn't it be nice to be able to bench this card without having to use a dremmel tool on the heatsink?
    Agreed 100% !
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    i feel sorry about the memory chip between gpu and pcie slot

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
    What's with the round cutout w/arrows on the backplate?
    Was wondering the samething.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKYMTL View Post
    What's with the round cutout w/arrows on the backplate?
    I was wondering the same. Perhaps a fan can be mounted here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaktus1907 View Post
    i feel sorry about the memory chip between gpu and pcie slot
    No kidding. Poor little guy, nobody loves him
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    I can't believe how ironic this is considering a few hours ago a friend and I were talking about the lack of Overclocks, Super Overclocks, Lightnings, etc. I hope this lives up to its name, as opposed to clocking like a reference card (I'm looking at you DirectCU II).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNutz View Post
    No kidding. Poor little guy, nobody loves him
    why you no place heatsink MSI??

    rofl

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    Article updated with cooler picture.

    For now I don't have any more details, ill meet tomorrow morning with the MSI guys and post some update .


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    that looks fantastic


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    Quote Originally Posted by [XC] Oj101 View Post
    I can't believe how ironic this is considering a few hours ago a friend and I were talking about the lack of Overclocks, Super Overclocks, Lightnings, etc. I hope this lives up to its name, as opposed to clocking like a reference card (I'm looking at you DirectCU II).
    There's a serious shortage of Tahiti cores right now so board partners are having issues finding enough for their basic designs let alone overclocked / custom versions.

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    If only MSI could sweet-talk AMD into selling the cores without shims.......

    Card looks good, but Asus DCUII performance has me waiting for MHz before I really care
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    Looks sweet, been waiting on this one. Curious to see how it clocks compaired to reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockZ View Post
    Looks sweet, been waiting on this one. Curious to see how it clocks compaired to reference.
    much better than reverence you will be like it......
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    Great looking card... But now I can't stop being worried about that one memory chip.. Is it going to be ok?!??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hondacity View Post
    that looks fantastic

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    How the bloody hell would you go crossfire? The bridge wouldn't be long enough to get over the shroud...
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    Quote Originally Posted by K404 View Post
    If only MSI could sweet-talk AMD into selling the cores without shims.....
    So then we can hear about how crappy AMD cards are because the die got cracked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEC911 View Post
    So then we can hear about how crappy AMD cards are because the die got cracked?
    lolwut? low and mid-end cards have no shims or IHS... they don't crack.

    Noobs crack dies. What if a noob doesn't see that the core sits lower than the shim and puts a "normal" aftermarket cooler on it? Zero contact -> dead card.




    How the bloody hell would you go crossfire? The bridge wouldn't be long enough to get over the shroud...
    Excellent point. MSI mini fail.
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