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Lightning : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670
PE : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127677

I recently found a used 7970 Lightning on sale locally. Being skeptical about its low price($400), I did some research beforehand and it appears that the looking of both cards are exactly the same.

The seller said being second owner of card, he does not have original box and claims you can easily tell this is Lightning model by GPU reactor on the back, backplate saying Lightning, and custome PCB for the card saying Lightning on it as well.

Are these enough evidences?
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Lightning : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127670
PE : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127677

I recently found a used 7970 Lightning on sale locally. Being skeptical about its low price($400), I did some research beforehand and it appears that the looking of both cards are exactly the same.

The seller said being second owner of card, he does not have original box and claims you can easily tell this is Lightning model by GPU reactor on the back, backplate saying Lightning, and custome PCB for the card saying Lightning on it as well.

Are these enough evidences?

Here is MSI's 7970 page if you want more detailed photos than Newegg.

The PCB(near the PCIE connector) saying Lightning on it is probably solid proof. You can also ask for a photo of the back plate as the UPC code should be that of the Lightning.

ask him for a photo like this:



Make sure that UPC code is clearly readable, then compare it to the UPC code of another 7970 Lightning owner here should give you conclusive proof.

Otherwise ask him for a MSI Afterburner screenshot with his name in a text box next to it. MSI Afterburner will be able to distinguish between an Lightning and a PE.
Edited by sherlock - 3/15/13 at 10:29am
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Reuploaded now it should work biggrin.gif
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Reuploaded now it should work biggrin.gif

That looks to be a bona fide Lightning to me, if you still want more proof ask him to flip the card over and take another pciture of the PCI-E connector where it should say MSI Lightning( PEs would just say MSI).

Or ask him to take a more close up shot of the UPC sticker, where it should say R7970 Lightning on top of the barcodes(you can see by enlarging this image):


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Kinda feel bad to ask him more about it. I will just ask him to use MSI afterburner when I go to his place to see if the card works.
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Kinda feel bad to ask him more about it. I will just ask him to use MSI afterburner when I go to his place to see if the card works.

Yeah, that is actually the easiest way to find out.
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That looks to be a bona fide Lightning to me, if you still want more proof ask him to flip the card over and take another pciture of the PCI-E connector where it should say MSI Lightning( PEs would just say MSI).

Or ask him to take a more close up shot of the UPC sticker, where it should say R7970 Lightning on top of the barcodes:

The PE's still say 'Lightning' next to the PCI-E connector, it's just covered with a small piece of black tape. You can actually see the tape in the Newegg pictures.

I just bought one of these. The only differences I can tell so far are the stickers, and its not overclocked.

Edit: Afterburner definitely says 'Power Edition"
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