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
SIGSEGV
holy..
shut up and take my money..:respect:
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#2
neliz
MSI Rep
by: Casecutter
If MSI markets this
No we are not :(, this article is purely about the EK full cover waterblock for the R7970 Lightning.
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#3
badtaylorx
my problem here is with EK.....how hard would it have been to use lil' lightning bolts instead of circles....wtf :mad:
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#4
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Yeah nobody seems to like circles. Except Eddy I guess.
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#5
Ravenas
by: neliz
No we are not :(, this article is purely about the EK full cover waterblock for the R7970 Lightning.
Why don't you guys just go ahead and release a 7990 x2 so everyone on this forum will be completely jaw dropped and satisfied.:laugh:
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#6
neliz
MSI Rep
by: Ravenas
Why don't you guys just go ahead and release a 7990 x2 so everyone on this forum will be completely jaw dropped and satisfied.:laugh:
And even THEN there will be people that complain ;)
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#7
Ravenas
by: neliz
And even THEN there will be people that complain ;)
Lol yeah I was thinking just that. How about dropping a hint on us so we could know if it is even in production??
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#8
m1dg3t
Why are a lot of people b1tchin' about this card? There are many other cards for sale by other mfg's that offer the same deal and no one say's squat! In fact they drool and pre-order :cool:

If you don't like it get something else. MSi is just trying to fill some market and make some $$$. They are a business afterall, and businesses have to make $$$

Besides MSi has a butt load of "budget" gear for thrifty enthusiast too :D

by: MasterInvader
Until I see a 7970/GTX680 Single Slot full-cover WB my setup still remains the same.
If you were interested enough you would know that you could purchase a single slot header for like $8 and put in on a reference 79xx board with FCWB and be done. Right? But you knew that. Because it is/was so important to you :p

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14970/ex-blc-1050/EK_Radeon_VGA_IO_Bracket_-_HD7950_HD7970_EK-VGA_IO_bracket_HD7970.html

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vga-i-o-bracket-hd7970.html
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#10
Casecutter
by: btarunr
The card ships with a pre-installed full-coverage water-block, made by EK WaterBlocks
by: neliz
No we are not :(, this article is purely about the EK full cover waterblock for the R7970 Lightning.
by: Casecutter
If MSI markets this and still includes the backing plate with the GPU Reactor, for $560-570 tops it will peak peoples interest.
So this this is just an EKWB manufactured offering that MSI consulted on designing? And Legit got it right
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/13683/

btarunr isn't saying that your beef is with him! ;)
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#11
neliz
MSI Rep
by: Casecutter
So this this is just an EKWB manufactured offering that MSI consulted on designing?
http://www.legitreviews.com/news/13683/

btarunr isn't saying that your beef is with him!;)
I'm guessing that the original author of that softpedia piece was less than informed.
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#12
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
i got my info from your company's Facebook, i actually read the caption.... and tadaa my news post was born
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#13
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: badtaylorx
my problem here is with EK.....how hard would it have been to use lil' lightning bolts instead of circles....wtf :mad:
Shit, like your going to see the blocks face anyways :slap:

Id buy that block in a heart beat just knowing HOW WELL EK BLOCKS WORK!

I guess the top tier makers cant make all the geeks happy.... now go git the hell outta here whiners ;)
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#14
neliz
MSI Rep
by: crazyeyesreaper
i got my info from your company's Facebook, i actually read the caption.... and tadaa my news post was born
Thanks for checking my FB post! :) :toast:

(the rumour about a "GHz Lightning" factory equipped with a waterblock were in softpedia item which is the one from this thread.
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#15
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
im sure ppl would LIKE a water cooled MSI lightning Extreme card.... maybe something like the 6GB 7970 that Sapphire pushed out with the 1200 MHz core clock?

Maybe MSI could do something similar but using that nice shiny EK water block?

you know? give ppl a water cooled card that actually benefits from being water cooled by offering performance no air cooled card can match? maybe have it be limited run to boot make it sexy shiny and fast people will fall all over themselves grabbing them.
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#16
Dj-ElectriC
Uhh... its a very very niche product, it wont sell in millions after all.
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#17
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: crazyeyesreaper
im sure ppl would LIKE a water cooled MSI lightning Extreme card.... maybe something like the 6GB 7970 that Sapphire pushed out with the 1200 MHz core clock?

Maybe MSI could do something similar but using that nice shiny EK water block?

you know? give ppl a water cooled card that actually benefits from being water cooled by offering performance no air cooled card can match? maybe have it be limited run to boot make it sexy shiny and fast people will fall all over themselves grabbing them.
You know Ray look at in a different light and why some people buy these blocks. Most wont clock the shit outta there gpu's..
Myself I like the benefits of a great cooler and how quiet a system can be :pimp:
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#18
Totally
by: Dj-ElectriC
still, why does it matter? u can still install a 3-way in your system.
And nothing else. Have a sound card? Well isn't happening. PCI-based SSD, nope. RAID card? Can't. Wireless networkcard? etc..
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#19
radrok
by: fullinfusion
You know Ray look at in a different light and why some people buy these blocks. Most wont clock the shit outta there gpu's..
Myself I like the benefits of a great cooler and how quiet a system can be :pimp:
But you can overclock the shit out of your GPU and have a quiet system, you just need more radiator surface :toast:
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#20
Morgoth
by: Totally
And nothing else. Have a sound card? Well isn't happening. PCI-based SSD, nope. RAID card? Can't. Wireless networkcard? etc..
i can :D
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#21
INSTG8R
by: Morgoth
i can :D
Show off! :roll:
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#22
Wile E
Power User
by: Dj-ElectriC
still, why does it matter? u can still install a 3-way in your system.
Because I want to use some of the 1x/4x slots in between the 16x slots. Single slot is a must for me too for overall system choice flexibility.

by: m1dg3t
Why are a lot of people b1tchin' about this card? There are many other cards for sale by other mfg's that offer the same deal and no one say's squat! In fact they drool and pre-order :cool:

If you don't like it get something else. MSi is just trying to fill some market and make some $$$. They are a business afterall, and businesses have to make $$$

Besides MSi has a butt load of "budget" gear for thrifty enthusiast too :D



If you were interested enough you would know that you could purchase a single slot header for like $8 and put in on a reference 79xx board with FCWB and be done. Right? But you knew that. Because it is/was so important to you :p

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14970/ex-blc-1050/EK_Radeon_VGA_IO_Bracket_-_HD7950_HD7970_EK-VGA_IO_bracket_HD7970.html

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vga-i-o-bracket-hd7970.html
Look at this card again. It cannot go single slot. The second DVI header is in the second slot.
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#23
PopcornMachine
by: Wile E
Look at this card again. It cannot go single slot. The second DVI header is in the second slot.
Yeah, but he knew that because it was so important to him. :rolleyes:
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#24
radrok
by: PopcornMachine
Yeah, but he knew that because it was so important to him. :rolleyes:
by: Wile E
Look at this card again. It cannot go single slot. The second DVI header is in the second slot.
He clearly said REFERENCE, not this MSI Lightning one.

by: m1dg3t
and put in on a reference 79xx board
REFERENCE 7970 are single slot capable

taken from W1zzard TPU review



Don't bash him for being right, please :)
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#25
Chicken Patty
WCG Moderator
As HammerON said, back on topic. Troll or not, let it go. Thank you.
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