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Hey guys and calls of OCN. im looking into a new GPU and i was going to get a MSI Radeon HD 6970 Lighning but now am faced with a choice. i could go for the lightning or get the 580 for about the same price (used but in good condition). what one would you guys think would be the best choice? i play alot of games and would prefer to be able to max them out for a while and also be able to play them at 1920X1200 which is my current resolution. Thanks in advance
    
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Although the "6970 Lightning" sports a great cooler, GTX580 should be your choice. Reason, its the most powerful single gpu card out there. Just make sure that the card is in good condition.
    
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Although the "6970 Lightning" sports a great cooler, GTX580 should be your choice. Reason, its the most powerful single gpu card out there. Just make sure that the card is in good condition.
mmmm just how much better is the 580 over the "Lightning"
    
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Look at those benches. Keep in mind that the 580 there is at stock clocks, while yours would be super-clocked.

msi 6970lightning bechmarks

and also, 580 will have physx and cuda.
    
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Look at those benches. Keep in mind that the 580 there is at stock clocks, while yours would be super-clocked.

msi 6970lightning bechmarks

and also, 580 will have physx and cuda.
thanks man im now sold cause after shipping and whatnot the 580 is cheaper then the lightning (stupid taxes) looks like im going to try the green side of life. always been a red guy lol
    
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I recently switched side myself. from hd5770 to gtx560ti. and I must admit that I am very impressed with my new card's performance. your 580sc will make you a very happy man, i am sure of that. congrats.
    
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post #7 of 12
Just go with the 580, why even ask this question, the 570 is actually better than the 6970, there is no card to compete against the gtx 580.
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Just go with the 580, why even ask this question, the 570 is actually better than the 6970, there is no card to compete against the gtx 580.
i ask this question because i was unsure of the answer. sometimes a non ref card like the Lightning can outperform a reference card from the next step up, and as i have never ever used a Nvida card i thought it would be best to ask others advice.

to everyone else thanks im just ironing out the final details right now comes with lifetime warranty and the guy will help out with any RMA's but i should be fine
    
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Originally Posted by Evil-Jester View Post
i ask this question because i was unsure of the answer. sometimes a non ref card like the Lightning can outperform a reference card from the next step up, and as i have never ever used a Nvida card i thought it would be best to ask others advice.

to everyone else thanks im just ironing out the final details right now comes with lifetime warranty and the guy will help out with any RMA's but i should be fine
I was just placing emphasis on the card, sorry if you misunderstood.
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I was just placing emphasis on the card, sorry if you misunderstood.
no harm no foul Captain and i was just saying why i asked. i know that Reference to Reference the 580 wins hands down but was just unsure how far the Lightning would push and wanted to see what others thought of the situation
    
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