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MSI Shows off R5870 Lightning and R5850 Cyclone

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MSI is ready with two new custom-design graphics cards based on the ATI Radeon HD 5800 graphics processors: the R5870 Lightning and R5850 Cyclone. The R5870 Lightning, as expected features a Twin-Frozr II dual-fan VGA cooler designed by MSI on a custom-designed PCB which makes some high-grade components, specifically in the card's VRM area (12-phase PWM, dual 8-pin PCI-E power input), to make it fare better at overclocking. Other notable features include v-check points and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory across the GPU's 256-bit wide memory interface. Connectivity cluster resembles that of the AMD reference design, retaining Eyefinity technology support. The R5850 Cyclone, on the other hand, uses the familiar Cyclone GPU cooler MSI used in the past on some Radeon HD 4800 series graphics cards. MSI designed its own PCB here too, but with a few smart cost-cuttings, although the quality of the components used isn't affected. The two will be out in this quarter.

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I hate non-reference PCB's. There are always problems with them (no new bioses, no software vmods, no alternative cooling).
 

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Can't wait to see reviews about this. I don't think I've seen any 5870 clocked to 1 Ghz core with air. And maybe the two 8-pin connectors and the new cooler would give headroom for a littlebit more overclocking?
 
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Can't wait to see reviews about this. I don't think I've seen any 5870 clocked to 1 Ghz core with air. And maybe the two 8-pin connectors and the new cooler would give headroom for a littlebit more overclocking?
Mine is stable @ 1040 1.25v... though need to run the fan at 70%, and my ambient temps are cool this time of year, hell it's -11c outside right now!

8 pin connectors can't hurt, but I doubt they'll do much.
 
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broke 1100 with 5850 with air.

Easy, its ambient was -35 C :)
 
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I hate non-reference PCB's. There are always problems with them (no new bioses, no software vmods, no alternative cooling).
I dissagree, it's about time they made cards wider, than longer. I just wish a better company than MSI was making these.