Tuesday, March 20th 2012

MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Overclocked to 1800 MHz Core, 7.70 GHz Memory

If you thought MSI made too much song and dance about the product design of its R7970 Lightning, particularly the GPU Reactor module, think again. When augmented with liquid nitrogen cooling, the card has the electrical muscle required to sustain 1.7V, and facilitate a staggering 1800 MHz core clock speed, with 1925 MHz memory (7.70 GHz GDDR5 effective), churning out a gargantuan memory bandwidth of close to 370 GB/s, all thanks to the genius of Swedish proverclocker Elmor.

This R7970 Lightning on 'roid-rage was stable enough to bag a 3DMark 11 (performance preset) score of P15035 points. The rest of the test-bed consisted of an Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition six-core chip clocked at 5207 MHz, with 4 GB (4x 1 GB) DDR3 memory clocked at 2314 MHz, and MSI Big Bang XPower II motherboard, to seat it all. Perhaps this is an indication that AMD Radeon HD 7900 can work wonders on potent non-reference designs, such as MSI's R7970 Lightning.
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74 Comments on MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Overclocked to 1800 MHz Core, 7.70 GHz Memory

#1
[H]@RD5TUFF
I would care more if it was a reliable OC, instead of an LN2 suicide run.
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#2
EarthDog
btarunr said:
3DMark06 and older = "too old/unreliable"
Vantage = "omgz physx bias/unfit for testing ATI"

Not my arguments :)



The screenshot is the only content I got. Maybe those pics will be out very soon.
06 is influenced heavily by CPU speed as well as cores. Its still reliable, never wasnt.

Vantage also now, by default, has PhysX disabled, so thats a non issue at most places.

Thank god those arent your arguments. :roll:

EDIT: DOM, PM me your whereabouts in TX. I know a few people scattered around the state you can go cold with. :)

I tried to look for a hwbot submission but do not see it/the rig.
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#3
DOM
EarthDog said:
06 is influenced heavily by CPU speed as well as cores. Its still reliable, never wasnt.

Vantage also now, by default, has PhysX disabled, so thats a non issue at most places.

Thank god those arent your arguments. :roll:

EDIT: DOM, PM me your whereabouts in TX. I know a few people scattered around the state you can go cold with. :)

I tried to look for a hwbot submission but do not see it/the rig.
the card isnt out so no scores on the bot just that ss that i seen :(
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#4
theoneandonlymrk
suicide or not ,Ln2 or not ,thats impressive, anyone seen a 7970 review of one waterblocked

i cant see the prices staying this high for long either what with exhorbatant new gpu's(price wise )on the horizon the markets in for a rattle imho
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#5
m1dg3t
I'm also more interested in 24/7 clock's, and we have already seen just how well these 7 series card's clock on air so it's good to see some people pushing with super cooling :pimp:

I mean c'mon look at those speed's! :twitch: We're talking almost 2GHz core speed and almost 8GHz mem speed with over 370GHz of bandwith!! That is simply INSANE!! Good job MSI and good job elmor? :rockout:
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#6
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
fullinfusion said:
Troll :slap:

~movin along~

Oh hey about the AMD HD8970
:rolleyes: Troll accuses Troll of Trolling... Trolls Trolling Trolls?

His response wasn't silly at all. You see a 1.8ghz GPU clock and you come in here and complain about it not being done on cooling that isn't used 24/7... I mean if that wasn't obvious by the thread title. Do you open up a Guinness book and just dismiss it all because 99% (a lot greater percent actually) can't achieve those goals? Just makes no sense, and if you have the right to state a silly opinion, anyone else has the right to respond to it with some logic.

Now I'm off to try and run WR clocks on air cooling and complain when thats not possible.


m1dg3t said:
I'm also more interested in 24/7 clock's, and we have already seen just how well these 7 series card's clock on air so it's good to see some people pushing with super cooling :pimp:

I mean c'mon look at those speed's! :twitch: We're talking almost 2GHz core speed and almost 8GHz mem speed with over 370GHz of bandwith!! That is simply INSANE!! Good job MSI and good job elmor? :rockout:
It's pretty well known what these cards can do. With only using software even the reference air cooler can support max voltage (1.3v), between 1200 - 1300mhz is a great OC, some find stability between 1300 - 1375 for benching. If your looking for 24/7 clocks, they won't be found in the new sections, just check people System Details under their name, see what clocks they got (I got mine listed for my new build with 7970). Average people without sponsors are where you are going to find 24/7 clocks. If there was a new posts made for everytime one of us hit 1300mhz, it would be pretty silly (this isn't directed at you), so I don't see why people complain about a post like this, do they want news posts about all of us non-professional overclockers getting good clocks?
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#7
bear jesus
:roll: each time there is a news article about a liquid nitrogen overclock can this thread just be pasted in to it? It has all the comments that are said every time there is another one.

F1 racing cars are so awesome for every day use, grocery shopping. taking the kids to school but i supposed a drag racer may be better for taking the kids to school :p
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#8
Nihilus
1Kurgan1 said:
:rolleyes: Troll accuses Troll of Trolling... Trolls Trolling Trolls?

His response wasn't silly at all. You see a 1.8ghz GPU clock and you come in here and complain about it not being done on cooling that isn't used 24/7... I mean if that wasn't obvious by the thread title. Do you open up a Guinness book and just dismiss it all because 99% (a lot greater percent actually) can't achieve those goals? Just makes no sense, and if you have the right to state a silly opinion, anyone else has the right to respond to it with some logic.

Now I'm off to try and run WR clocks on air cooling and complain when thats not possible.
Well said, i hope people start getting the point here. :toast:
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#9
EarthDog
This place will never understand its purpose since its not geared towards overclocking and extreme benching. These people arent trying to test the viability of an "F1" racing car as a grocery getter.
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#10
bear jesus
EarthDog said:
This place will never understand its purpose since its not geared towards overclocking and extreme benching. These people arent trying to test the viability of an "F1" racing car as a grocery getter.
I know not the best example but i was trying to say people keep looking at these articles from the wrong angle.
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
EarthDog said:
This place will never understand its purpose since its not geared towards overclocking and extreme benching.
That's not really it...it's just the most users that post regularily on the forum are gmaers, not benchers. They understand, but they detest marketing that has no appeal to their uses....pretty basic stuff, IMHO.

Personally, i Don't care either way. I'll run LN2 from time to time, but when I want to know what I should be looking for for clocks, HWBOT is where I go.


Get where I'm headed here?


I mean, the posts complaining about those voicing their opinion about the marketing are jstu useless as those doing the original complaining. It's very much too-sided here, with no grey in between.

Personally, I wanna see this stuff...seems liek 28nm is allowing for higher clocks than 40nm...which is nice to see.
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#12
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
cadaveca said:
That's not really it...it's just the most users that post regularily on the forum are gmaers, not benchers. They understand, but they detest marketing that has no appeal to their uses....pretty basic stuff, IMHO.

Personally, i Don't care either way. I'll run LN2 from time to time, but when I want to know what I should be looking for for clocks, HWBOT is where I go.

Get where I'm headed here?

I mean, the posts complaining about those voicing their opinion about the marketing are jstu useless as those doing the original complaining. It's very much too-sided here, with no grey in between.

Personally, I wanna see this stuff...seems liek 28nm is allowing for higher clocks than 40nm...which is nice to see.
I have a 450hp car, but when I watch videos of cars dynoing 2500+ hp I don't complain about them not being a daily driver. I acknowledge them as being cool for what they are. I don't see how World Record clocks are any different than that. I acknowledge that it's a great feat, they are amazing clocks, and I can't run those clocks 24/7, I just accept it for what it is.
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#13
cadaveca
My name is Dave
1Kurgan1 said:
I have a 450hp car, but when I watch videos of cars dynoing 2500 hp I don't complain about them not being a daily driver. I acknowledge them as being cool for what they are. I don't see how World Record clocks are any different than that. I acknowledge that it's a great feat, they are amazing clocks, and I can't run those clocks 24/7, I just accept it for what it is.
That's great. Not everyone holds the same opinion as you, and just because you do not agree, doesn't make you or them right either. The fact that people don't agree on the subject should point you to how niche it really is. It's not like everyone here is rocking the latest greatest, so clearly not everyone has uses for this sort of stuff. Majority here doesn't even have current-gen VGAs, CPUs, or anything else.
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#14
EarthDog
cadaveca said:
That's not really it...it's just the most users that post regularily on the forum are gmaers, not benchers. They understand, but they detest marketing that has no appeal to their uses....pretty basic stuff, IMHO.

Personally, i Don't care either way. I'll run LN2 from time to time, but when I want to know what I should be looking for for clocks, HWBOT is where I go.


Get where I'm headed here?


I mean, the posts complaining about those voicing their opinion about the marketing are jstu useless as those doing the original complaining. It's very much too-sided here, with no grey in between.

Personally, I wanna see this stuff...seems liek 28nm is allowing for higher clocks than 40nm...which is nice to see.
Thats a part of it too. ;)

Its not a bad thing at all. There are some great people here. its just not this place's
'thing'. Im good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it, people like me - Stuart Smalley :roll:
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#15
cadaveca
My name is Dave
EarthDog said:
Thats a part of it too. ;)

Its not a bad thing at all. There are some great people here. its just not this place's
'thing'. Im good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it, people like me - Stuart Smalley :roll:
:laugh:...now you're starting to get it. :roll:
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#16
eidairaman1
This is an amazing feat, I just wonder how well aftermarket fans would do and I dont mean what card companies equip these cards with.
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#17
DarkOCean
1,8 ghz is pretty amazing speed, can't wait till 1,5ghz becomes stock clock or at least air oc maybe 20 nm?
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#18
Janus67
Those are some incredibly impressive clocks, you know that card was zombied and volt-modded like crazy, though. Would love to see a pic of the soldering that was done to get those volts.
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#19
Lionheart
Wow now that is what I call an overclock, that's impressive....be awesome if they tested a DX11 game title too ^_^

On another note, when did TPU get invested with fuckbag trolls?
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#22
DOM
These cards are not ment to be run on stock cooling 24/7 :)

But the ppl that use them for ocing and reg ppl see it and wanna buy them its marketing ;)
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#23
Dj-ElectriC
True... but less then 1.2Ghz for a card like this...
Makes it look like it was designed only for LN2 and upwards.
The lightning HD6970 wasn't the best HD6970 aswell..
But the GTX580 lightning was a whole different story when i was able to achieve 980 core with this thing.
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#24
eidairaman1
DarkOCean said:
That's not impressive at all, i've seen many reference cards do better than that.

I was hoping for at least 1,3 ghz stable on air.
ya know why dont you find out for yourself
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#25
DarkOCean
eidairaman1 said:
ya know why dont you find out for yourself
I'd do that only problem is i dont have a dime right now.
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