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 ...
Pic from AMD's FaceBook page at the AMD [H]ardOCP GamExperience event
Originally Posted by DJones86
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 ? (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.html + http://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.
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 ... LOL
Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 1/30/12 at 4:42pm