MSI HD 5870 Lightning

MSI HD 5870 Lightning

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Introduction



Last year AMD released their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards which quickly became a big success due to the numerous improvements made over previous generations. Up to now all cards available from all manufacturers were reference design cards which means they were all made to the same specifications, using the same components and then a sticker was added on the cooler depending on the AIB.

MSI's latest member to the Lightning Series comes with a completely redesigned PCB and uses their famous TwinFrozr cooler. It also uses an increased amount of PWM phases and two 8-pin PCIe power connectors to promise more overclocking potential.

MSI has slightly increased the clock speeds on their design to 900/1200 up from 850/1200 on the reference design.

Radeon
HD 4870 X2
GeForce
GTX 285
Radeon
HD 5850
Radeon
HD 5870
MSI
HD 5870 Lightning
GeForce
GTX 295
Shader units 2x 8002401440160016002x 240
ROPs2x 16323232322x 28
GPU2x RV770GT200bCypressCypressCypress2x GT200b
Transistors2x 956M1400M2154M2154M2154M2x 1400M
Memory Size2x 1024 MB 1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB1024 MB2x 896 MB
Memory Bus Width 2x 256 bit 512 bit 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 2x 448 bit
Core Clock750 MHz 648 MHz 725 MHz 850 MHz 900 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Clock900 MHz 1242 MHz 1000 MHz 1200 MHz 1200 MHz 999 MHz
Price$350$350$310$400$430$520
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