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MSI Announces Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Boost Edition Graphics Card

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  1. btarunr

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    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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    My favorite HD7970.
     
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    not green light required lol
     
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    Wow, that thing looks like a monster gpu!!
     
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    I love the breakaway of the card.
     
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    I wish I can have this one!
     
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    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...
     
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    I already chose my Lightnings...
    Power consumption does matter to me
     
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    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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    no dual link DVI still?
     
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    DVI is being phased out. IIRC HDMI/ Display port are capable of 120Hz in a single connection
     
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    Korean monitor owners have to buy adapters :(
     
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    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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    The most HDMI monitors are limited to 1920X1200!
    HDMI is the biggest bullshit on PC
     
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    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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    They should of made this when I bought my card...
     
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    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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    Now if only it came with more memory.
     
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    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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