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[TPU] MSI R7970 LIGHTNING Graphics Card Showcased at CeBIT

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CeBIT 2012 is kicking off tomorrow but already the show floor is buzzing with cameras taking pictures of the hardware on display. One such camera, handled by the lab501 team, spotted at MSI's booth the R7970 Lightning, a highly-customized Radeon HD 7970 targeting enthusiasts and overclockers.

Seen below, the incoming Tahiti-based card makes use of Military Class III components (Hi-c CAP, SFC, Solid CAPs) and has an oversized PCB, 14+2-phase digital power, a Twin Frozr IV dual-fan heatsink, a backplate, and something called a GPU Reactor. The R7970 Lightning also features 2048 Shader Units, a 384-bit memory interface, 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, Eyefinity 6 support, plus two DVI and four mini DisplayPort outputs. The card's clocks, price tag and release date have yet to be revealed but should be exposed soon.
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OH MY GOD.....

Twin frozer IV? Wonder if there is anything other than the backplate. Also Reactor???

Edit: Updated pics thanks to Redwoodz, and Darco19
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If you've seen the first pictures of MSI's Radeon HD 7970 Lightning graphics cards, you may have noticed an unusual-looking round cutout on its backplate, right behind the GPU. We are learning that this cutout, and the tiny headers on the exposed PCB are actually a socket for what MSI is referring to as a "Reactor Core" (I can imagine Iron Man fans prepping their flame throwers right about now).

The "Reactor Core" is a round add-on device that sits on this socket. It is essentially an add-on PCB that holds a battery of tantalum capacitors, which further conditions power for the GPU. Apart from capacitors, there are a few blue LEDs and a round, transparent window that make it light up. To what extant this gadget helps with maintaining stable OCs remains to be seen, but on the "flip-side", it could pose spacing issues with other add-on cards located right above HD 7970 Lightning cards that are outfitted with one of these.
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Yummy, nice find
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interesting design but i dont like the yellow
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1400+ on water for sure
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0_0

enhanced 7970 phases + Twin Frozr cooler = most awesome overclocker card ever.
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Can't wait for this to come out. It's nice that this card can support up to 6 monitors, I think this is only the second 7970 that can do this. Hopefully some companies make a block for this.

Only thing I don't like is the xfire connectors. They should really extend the PCB out more
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Will someone make a FULL COVER waterblock for this thing? If so I may just entertain the thought of buying it and pushing it as far as she'll go on water.
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Looks tall, similar to the ASUS MARS II. except in 2 slot design.
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OMG do want.

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Wow, that actually looks pretty freakin sweet drool.gif

The yellow actually looks good... and twinfrozer IV? nom nom nom..
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