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post #11 of 47
looks badass, My next card will definitely be an MSI Lightning (7970 or 680).
post #12 of 47
I have my visa in my shaking hand obsessively searching google for a place to buy one.

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Unless you are Extreme Overclocker with LN2 what is the point of this card other then the Cooler? Core OC is Average and Memory OC is Below Average.
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post #14 of 47
Simple: quieter, cooler, binned GPU's, better looking, possible to disable OCP, voltage read points, and no AMD lock on maximum +125mv from stock VID which makes some low VID stock 7970's artifact past 1.2v

Here a 7970 lightning at 1.8ghz on LN2: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33148985#post33148985
Edited by Scorpion667 - 3/16/12 at 9:03am
    
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Unless you are Extreme Overclocker with LN2 what is the point of this card other then the Cooler? Core OC is Average and Memory OC is Below Average.

Core overclock is not average.... average for a 7970 is roughly 1120mhz on air.
If it is $60 more than the reference than this card is the pick of the litter.
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That update on the color scheme is simply amazing.

How's the power design on this one?
   
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Very nice. Gonna see a price drop of this within days because of the 680. And was almost going to buy it... tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by FlawleZ View Post

The card appears impressive but what always frustrates me is the number of reviews that only include 1 or 2 benchmarks after the card is overclocked. Why not include a separate graph for each game including the default and overclocked results?

Because it is easy to estimate the overclocked performance once you establish a stable overclock.

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Unless you are Extreme Overclocker with LN2 what is the point of this card other then the Cooler? Core OC is Average and Memory OC is Below Average.

You call 1265/1505 average ? rolleyes.gif


This is one beautifully executed card. Truly in a league of it's own. The fans spin in reverse on start to clean out dust! Brilliant!
LED's, REACTOR with 88% more current flow than stock. 14+2+1 phase design. Well done MSI !
Edited by Redwoodz - 3/16/12 at 10:12am
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Because it is easy to estimate the overclocked performance once you establish a stable overclock.
You call 1265/1505 average ? rolleyes.gif
This is one beautifully executed card. Truly in a league of it's own. The fans spin in reverse on start to clean out dust! Brilliant!
LED's, REACTOR with 88% more current flow than stock. 14+2+1 phase design. Well done MSI !

The review is really vague. It gives the impression that that overclock is on stock volts, and they could only get 1505 on the memory? That's BS. The one pic they show is of 1k on the core at stock volts but 100% of the 7970s can do that.

Lame review imo. Maybe this is becoming the trend in these reviews, lots of marketing speak, get ppl riled up, no real work done for the real people buying this card. I want to know how this thing volts up. Why does it run hot at idle? What the five? What are the silicons limits? You know, stuff we really want to know. Did they pull out the fluke? And when they review a card like the DCII for example, test the features that we really want to see like hooking it up to a ROG and bust out the HOTWIRE. But no, all we get is marketing fluff rolled up into a review.
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Wonder how much they'll max OC the price? Impressive performance.
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