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I've just ordered all my parts for my new build except the video card. The reason I've waited is because I'm hoping one of the non-reference coolers will come out this coming week and I've ordered my stuff over the weekend and it won't be here till Tuesday or Wednesday.


So... I really would like to get one of the MSI, Asus or Sapphire ones but which one and do you guys know when they may hit retailers? I'm just afraid I will purchase one and soon as I have it in my hands, one of the non-reference ones will be out. I've read that maybe the Asus DirectCU II will be available this coming week.


I appreciate your time guys.

Thanks.
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Well it's certainly hard to decide pull the plug right away or wait for some of the non-reference ones to hit with tweaked versions.

IF I was going with reference 7970 my first choice would be Sapphire AMD 7970 3GB. Comes with CrossFire Bridge Interconnect Cable, 8 PIN to 4 PIN. Power Cable, DVI to VGA Adapter, Mini-DP to DP Cable, 6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable, HDMI to SL-DVI Adapter, HDMI 1.4a high speed 1.8 meter cable, Mini Display Port to SL-DVI Active dongle, the most accessories out of the box out of any other vendor for best value.

Second choice an ASUS AMD 7970 3GB.

IF I was going with non-reference 7970 my first choice would be MSI Lightning second choice Sapphire Toxic 7970 versions.

The non-reference cards are going to start up soon. Hard to say exactly when. ASUS DCUII is a great start and usually puts the flame under the other vendors to move things along to get a piece of the pie. biggrin.gif

     
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I'd say wait another couple of weeks for the MSI Lightning biggrin.gif
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You shouuuuuuuuuuuuuuld buy mine smile.gif

It's Sapphire, and is unregistered for Warranty. Pretty much like new rolleyes.gif It'd do me a huge favor thumb.gif
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I don't mind waiting another couple weeks to get a good non-reference video card I could overclock. But what is the different between MSI's lightning and twin frozr editions?
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We don't know what the differences WILL be YET in the 7000 series ... or even IF MSI will produce a LIGHTNING version ? I've heard no buzz about one ? But they have already made the TwinFrozrIII edition cards ... just waiting on specs to be released ...


 

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But what is the different between MSI's lightning and twin frozr editions?



In the past though ... I'd say the LIGHTNING edition from MSI would have to be considered a notch above just a TwinFrozr edition ... often similar styles and components, the Lightning Editions USED the TwinFrozrIII cooling and Fans ... however the Lightning was slightly MORE geared for real hard core enthusiast and OverClocking. Where as a basic TwinFrozr Edition card was more a Main-Stream card with decent cooling that you could overclock, if that makes sense ? blushsmiley.gif (the "TwinFrozr" tag actually really only refers to the Cards Cooling/Fan set-up more than it's OC'ing and other internal components)

 

As an example ... MSI made the AMD HD-6970 version a LIGHTNING Edition = http://msi.com/product/vga/R6970-Lightning.html

while they made the AMD HD-6950's version the TwinFrozrIII and TwinFrozrII editions =  http://msi.com/product/vga/R6950-Twin-Frozr-III-Power-Edition-OC.htmlhttp://msi.com/product/vga/R6950-Twin-Frozr-II.html

 

For the nVidia example ... MSI made the GTX-580 LIGHTNING Edition = http://msi.com/product/vga/N580GTX-Lightning-Xtreme-Edition.html#?div=Overview

yet they also made multiple GTX-580's versions of the TwinFrozrII editions = http://msi.com/product/vga/N580GTX-Twin-Frozr-II-OC.html + http://msi.com/product/vga/N580GTX-Twin-Frozr-II.html

 

IF you compare the internal components and the Specs of the cards, you can see the LIGHTNINGS generally kicks butt over JUST a TwinFrozr Edition Card. thumb.gif

 

EDIT : Now don't ask me to explain the difference of the MSI " HAWK " edition versions to you though ... it will leave you and me BOTH too confused wackosmiley.gif ... LOL wave2.gif


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LOL ... that TOO laughingsmiley.gif
 

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Expensive and more expensiver!


 

   
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