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The new GTX 680 is going to be the toughest competitor to the new HD 7970 Lightning which carries a $599 price tag. At the highest resolution, though, the HD 7970 continues to do extremely well and if you're gaming on a 27" or 30" 2560 based screen then the AMD offering is probably going to be more appealing. Especially since FPS become so much more valuable at this resolution.



The MSI HD 7970 Lightning is going to be one of the fastest HD 7970 video cards on the market for a while as they offer a complete custom setup that stands out from the pack. If you don't want to deal with the higher noise levels, you can always clock it down a little and use less voltage.
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That card should be amazing.
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source of review? how fast could the card go on air?
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Did you see the noise levels! Although subjectively they say it is not that loud it is over 5db louder than the 6990 at load and over 10db louder at load than the reference card, I don't know alot about sound ratings but I thought that at a factor of 10 it would be twice as loud?
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source of review? how fast could the card go on air?

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4636/msi_radeon_hd_7970_lightning_3gb_video_card_overclocked_review/index.html
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Indeed. Decibels scale logarithmically. Thus, an increase of 10 decibels would be twice as loud to the human ear.
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Both my stock cards can reach those clocks and beyond on air, so not really impressed.
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f you're gaming on a 27" or 30" 2560 based screen then the AMD

Yet there is no dual-link DVI ports on that card.. doh.gif
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Indeed. Decibels scale logarithmically. Thus, an increase of 10 decibels would be twice as loud to the human ear.

A 3dB increase is a doubling of the power, not necessarily the actual loudness.

A 10dB increase is a ten-fold increase in the power before it, but not necessarily the volume.


Then again, louder than a 6990 is loud by any measure...
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I just put three of these monsters in my newest build. Will be finishing this weekend and will post some results. And ek is making a waterblock soon which will be awesome
     
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