Thursday, July 19th 2012

MSI Readies Liquid-Cooled HD 7970 GHz Edition Lightning Graphics Card

The performance lead that MSI's Radeon HD 7970 Lightning maintained over reference HD 7970 was cut down, first by NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680, and then by AMD's own Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, leaving its engineers to go back to the drawing boards, and design an even faster graphics card. The result: a liquid-cooled HD 7970 GHz Edition Lightning graphics card, which could push clock-speeds up even further. The card ships with a pre-installed full-coverage water-block, made by EK WaterBlocks (EKWB). It comes ready for 6-display Eyefinity, with four mini-DisplayPort and two DVI. Here's hoping one of those is a dual-link DVI. More details are awaited.

Update: We've received word that it's not that MSI has a new product in the works, but that EKWB has a water-block tailored for MSI's existing R7970 Lightning.

Source: Softpedia
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50 Comments on MSI Readies Liquid-Cooled HD 7970 GHz Edition Lightning Graphics Card

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Many Thanks to NHKS for the tip.
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#2
radrok
They should just put a switch on the PCB to allow one DVI port to become dual link, like ASUS does on the DCII series, you lose a miniDP/DP but who cares when you can have a proper DVI-DL.

I like the card itself, it's a very strong overclocker, especially when cooled properly but that bloody CSQ theme on EK products is very hard to like with the circles :|
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#4
m1dg3t
This is based off the Lightning correct? Are there any other changes than just the addition of a factory W/B?
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#5
the54thvoid


The block and PCB both have the Lightning (LTG) label. The first factory released watercooled lightning?

EKWB are currently putting the retail Lightning blocks into production.


Fail if it does not have dual DVI.
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#6
rpsgc
EK? Ewww... do not want.
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#7
Shurakai
Personally not a fan of the way EK has taken their blocks, lots of little circles? Sure that looks... nah.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
which could push clock-speeds up even further.
WTF, sorry if your paying up for this this late i think they should make sure it does and not could.
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#9
Elmo
by: Shurakai
Personally not a fan of the way EK has taken their blocks, lots of little circles? Sure that looks... nah.
Plain and simple should have been nice.. or rather a brushed aluminum backplate.
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#10
kroks
read your source again.. and msi facebook page...
it's not a new card, just a wb from ek
not even ghz edition, just overclocked 7970
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#11
jomama22
by: kroks
read your source again.. and msi facebook page...
it's not a new card, just a wb from ek
not even ghz edition, just overclocked 7970
Thanks for this I was just about to post the same thing. Definitely not a new edition, just a block by ek.
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#12
neliz
MSI Rep
Lightning is already clocked higher than the GHz edition.. when we have a new card, you guys WILL know ;)
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#13
Ravenas
by: neliz
Lightning is already clocked higher than the GHz edition.. when we have a new card, you guys WILL know ;)
What kind of price are we talking here? Some manufactures tend to over charge for the water block and the OC... I would be willing to pay at a max of $599. Powercolor just lowered the price on their 7970, it is now $669.
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#14
D007
Ug, here we go again.... Oh it's not fast enough, lets liquid cool it and overclock it like anyone who buys the card could of done themselves anyway... Fail...
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#15
Ravenas
by: D007
Ug, here we go again.... Oh it's not fast enough, lets liquid cool it and overclock it like anyone who buys the card could of done themselves anyway... Fail...
Yes but at the right price it is actually worth it, granted the water block is worthy of the cost. The problem is most manufactures are substantialy over charging for these things due to two main aspects:
  • Overclocking
  • Water block
Right now I can get a well reviewed reference card (PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-M2DHG Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card) for approximately $429 and buy a laundry list of water blocks here for aprroximately $100-$130.

$429+$119= $548

This power color card water block card is $669:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131463

They are charging that kind of money for a block, a OC, and putting it on... It absurd. Ridiculous.
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#16
Filiprino
Oh god, why. Double slot backplates and liquid cooling.
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#17
the54thvoid
by: Ravenas


$429+$119= $548

This power color card water block card is $669:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131463

They are charging that kind of money for a block, a OC, and putting it on... It absurd. Ridiculous.
The pricing disparity across the globe is simply weird.

The LCS 7970 in UK started at £600 (about £150+ over basic card). Now the LCS is £400 in some places (on offer). That's only £100 over basic, so selling at an excellent price.
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#18
jomama22
How are you guys not getting this? This is NOT A NEW CARD BEING SOLD BY MSI. It is merely a block made by ek for the 7970 lightning.

And the double slots are obviously necessary because the lightning has stacked dvi ports.

Again not a new card, just a block iv been waiting for since late march.

(Awaits for "how much will this card cost? $600?!?!?!")
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#19
techtard
@jomama22

We got that it wasn't a new card a few posts ago, when an MSI Rep posted.

No need to get your panties in a bunch.
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#20
MasterInvader
Until I see a 7970/GTX680 Single Slot full-cover WB my setup still remains the same.
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#21
Dj-ElectriC
Why does it matter? its just a connector sticking out anyway...
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#22
MasterInvader
by: Dj-ElectriC
Why does it matter? its just a connector sticking out anyway...
lol... compare the two block´s and you will see why:
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#23
Oberon
by: MasterInvader
lol... compare the two block´s and you will see why:
Soooo, what you're saying is that it still doesn't make a whit of difference?
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#24
Casecutter
by: radrok
should just be switch on the PCB to allow one DVI port to become dual link, like ASUS does on the DCII series,
Amen!

And it can’t be at $600… :wtf:

The Lightening is $520 at Egg right now, and the MSI Twin Frozr IV heatsink/fan unit is probably no more than $20 unit to produce; IdK? The EK-FC7970 DCII (Acetal+EN/Nickel) is a $120 (retail), so MSI could be getting what's just a slightly custom at their volumes for like $30. If MSI markets this and still include the backing plate with the GPU Reactor, for $560-570 tops it will peak peoples interest. $600 or more forget about-it. :shadedshu

When there's the reference VisionTek 7970 right now at TigerD is $378 (and 6-games including BF3). I’d work from that and then the HEATKILLER Full Coverage Water Block along with their backing-plate that's still only $153. And, just see what OC's I could wring out of that… for like $530 altogether. :twitch:
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#25
PopcornMachine
by: Oberon
Soooo, what you're saying is that it still doesn't make a whit of difference?
Actually what he's saying is that it doesn't cover up the adjacent slot so it can be used for another card and isn't wasted. Would think that is pretty self evident.
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