Thursday, October 11th 2012

MSI Announces Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Boost Edition Graphics Card

MSI maintained the R7970 Lightning as its flagship AMD Radeon graphics card from March, even after AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in June. The company finally decided to combine its R7970 Lightning board with the new "Tahiti XT2" Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition ASIC, creating the R7970 Lightning Boost Edition (BE). While the original R7970 Lightning shipped with 1070 MHz core and 5.60 GHz memory, the new R7970 Lightning BE ships with 1070 MHz core, 1150 MHz PowerTune Boost, and 6.00 GHz memory (288 GB/s). It packs 3 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide memory interface.

Most other features remain the same. The R7970 Lightning BE packs an enthusiast-grade 17-phase VRM, dual-BIOS, voltage-conditioning GPU Reactor module, and TwinFrozr IV cooling solution. Quite shockingly, MSI didn't take the opportunity to address the lack of dual-link DVI connectors in the original R7970 Lightning, the Lightning BE continues to have two single-link DVI, and four mini-DisplayPort connectors. The new R7970 Lightning BE could displace the original from its US $499.99 price-point.
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30 Comments on MSI Announces Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Boost Edition Graphics Card

#1
SonDa5
My favorite HD7970.
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#9
mypg0306
I wish I can have this one!
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#10
HumanSmoke
by: VulkanBros
Perfect color-fit with the ASRock Z77 OC Formula Intel LGA 1155
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASRock/Z77_OC_Formula/4.html
My thoughts exactly...as I noted in the review comments. However, I suspect that the gold accents on the cards outputs + the yellow "Go-Fast" stripe might not meet with Dave's approval...
by: cadaveca
As to my colour comments...either all gold..or all yellow..fine. Both? Get the !@#$% out of here
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#11
Dj-ElectriC
I already chose my Lightnings...
Power consumption does matter to me
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#12
eidairaman1
by: Dj-ElectriC
I already chose my Lightnings...
Power consumption does matter to me
go troll elsewhere then, your post dont amt to anything in here. Other than that its good MSI does provide cards for both companies
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#15
eidairaman1
by: 1rkrage
no dual link DVI still?
DVI is being phased out. IIRC HDMI/ Display port are capable of 120Hz in a single connection
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#16
1rkrage
by: eidairaman1
DVI is being phased out. IIRC HDMI/ Display port are capable of 120Hz in a single connection
Korean monitor owners have to buy adapters :(
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#17
Dj-ElectriC
by: eidairaman1
go troll elsewhere then, your post dont amt to anything in here. Other than that its good MSI does provide cards for both companies
Why the hostility? I'm totally serious, I care about my power comsumption when overclocking and NVIDIA's TPD limitations actually help that alot compered to "out-of-hand" power consumption on AMD's HD7970 overclocking.
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#18
Klaus66
DVI is being phased out.
The most HDMI monitors are limited to 1920X1200!
HDMI is the biggest bullshit on PC
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#19
m1dg3t
Man that VRM section iz freaking BEAST!! No DL-DVI is a mistake.

HDMI does NOT do 120Hz so they are forcing people to use display port connection. Silly.
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#20
tacosRcool
They should of made this when I bought my card...
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#21
SIGSEGV
by: btarunr
The new R7970 Lightning BE could displace the original from its US $499.99 price-point.
wow, if only msi released this card before i got my asus HD7970, but it doesn't matter, maybe i would sell or trade my card to get this one..:rockout:
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#23
erocker
Lack of Dual-Link DVI is a no go for me. Unless they want to throw in an active DP to DVI adapter. For the price of this card, they definitely should. The adapter does cost $100 bucks afterall.
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#25
Super XP
The card does look great and I wish I had one, but just like the HD 7990's, aren't they a little too late? HD 8900's are rumoured to be just around the corner. Of course if you plan to Crossfire, this would be a great addition. IMO.
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