In the shadows of others.
A few days ago I reviewed the MSI N580GTX Lightning card, which proved to be one hell of an overclocking beast at a price point that’s too good to miss. Will MSI’s R6970 Lightning which has received the same brilliant engineering treatment prove to be just as good?
Let’s take it from the top then. The MSI R6970 Lightning has the same Twin Frozr III heatsink as the N580GTX Lightning, so ample cooling and silent operations are the order of the day. While generally the two cards look identical due to the heatsink, the R6970 Lightning is slightly smaller and slimmer, coming in at 298x157x40mm. Once again, make sure your case can handle a card of this length before jumping in.
Components wise MSI has all their bases covered with R6970 Lightning thanks to 18-phase power connectors, 14 of which are dedicated just to the GPU, and 3 dedicated to powering the 2GB ram. And then there are the copper MOSFETS that allow for marginally cooler operations with a higher capacity for voltage load. MSI’s now standard fare on high-end cards, Military Class II components finish out the rest of the card with Super Ferrite Chokes and Hi-C capacitors for better longevity of the components.
And 8+6-pin power connection ensures ample power to all the components for the inevitable overclocking the R6970 Lightning will receive, with a minimum PSU required of 650W. MSI is shipping the R6970 Lightning with factory overclocked speeds of 920MHz on Core and 5500MHz on memory compared to reference AMD speeds of 880/5500MHz.