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post #11 of 118
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Originally Posted by Fatality_ View Post

Hopefully the 680 lightning will look as sick as that model. thumb.gif

yeah that's what i am considering waiting for, i was about to pull the trigger yesterday but held back because i want to compare the 680 - 7970 lightning. even if there is a difference at all.
if an extreme edition lightning 7970 comes out then consider trigger pulled.

Definitely a great time to be in the market for a GPU or two thumb.gif
    
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7970 lightning still getting outperformed by stock GTX 680 in Battlefield games.
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7970 lightning still getting outperformed by stock GTX 680 in Battlefield games.

Everybody knows BF3 is optimized for Nvidia cards
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7970 lightning still getting outperformed by stock GTX 680 in Battlefield games.

To be fair, the 7970 lightning won half of the benches against the 680 in the review, including metro 2033, crysis 2, and and 2070. Still not worth the 600$ price tag - the 680 is a better buy but an oc'ed 7970 can keep up or pass the 680 in many games while oc'ed for sure. (and the 1070mhz in the review isn't a big overclock by 7970 standards)

GTX 680 wins:

BF3 (by 3-4 fps)
Hard reset
MW2
BFBC2
Lost planet 2

7970 lightning wins:

Crysis 2
Metro 2033
Anno 1404
Anno 2070
Aliens vs Predator
Edited by xoleras - 3/30/12 at 6:41am
post #15 of 118
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For the 7970 Lightning MSI implemented six monitor connector. Four DisplayPort connectors and two single link DVI connectors. That's right, SINGLE link meaning you can get only monitor support up-to 1920x1200 on DVI.

Is there a solve if you need dual-link DVI ? Well you can do two things, invest another 1000 EUR in a HR screen with DP connector, or spend another 150 EUR for an active DP to DVI-D converter. Either one of the options blows of course.

Seriously?? On a $600 card?

So basically this card is not for anyone who has a 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 monitor...


On an unrelated note, I'm glad to see that Guru3D's finally doing PCB and heatsink shots of the cards that they review.
Edited by 996gt2 - 3/30/12 at 6:48am
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post #16 of 118
Not impressed.
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Not impressed.

+1

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post #18 of 118
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How come all the reviewers are incapable of OC'ing properly...?
1190 MHz, come on, even 99% of the reference 7970's can do ~1200MHz+.
I reckon this card will do well above 1300MHz on air if someone from OCN gets his hands on that.

Did you read the review? They expected this card to do 1300mhz too but it didn't and the heat was becoming an issue as well.


About the card itself, to me, the cons can't be overlooked. No dual link DVI is a big deal and that silly reactor core that did not seem to help the card at all. I hope this was just a dud of a card and I am looking forward to seeing if other sites experience the same OC limitations. For now it appears the reference design will save you money and allow you to achieve the same OC.
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Not impressed.

They seriously don't know how to OC i'm thinking. I know someone said something about how they value stability but if I can get my reference leafblower completely stable at 1260 I know they can do it with a lightning.

Anyone else find it interesting that it looks like the 7970 is actually the better DX11 card? About amonth before the 680 released the rumor was that it would lose in Dx9 games but it would win substantially in all Dx11 games.
    
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post #20 of 118
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They seriously don't know how to OC i'm thinking. I know someone said something about how they value stability but if I can get my reference leafblower completely stable at 1260 I know they can do it with a lightning.

They have an MSI lightning, the card that costs a body part and is made for overclocking, they put the volts to 1250. Very lame.

As for looking for complete stability, my cards are both individually completely stable at 1270, I could push higher and probably get random crashes I'm sure, so the low oc for "stability" purposes does not fly with me.


From other reviews I have seen, they push it to 1260/1265 on the core and the noise levels are only a little quieter than the stock.

Buy a reference and put the spare cash toward watercooling.
Edited by Newbie2009 - 3/30/12 at 7:56am
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