Originally Posted by szeged
of course its not, no one ever suggested 1400+ was a normal every day thing, if anyone ever got 1400 24/7 stable id be very surprised. i didnt realize we were talking about average every day use overclocks, if we were, i apologize, if we were talking about the maximum of a cards potential, then multiple people(read - not everyone) has gotten 1400+ on air a few times during bench runs.
i expect the same to happen with the lightning.
That's what I'm trying to say.
Lets say some crazy bencher manages to pull 1500mhz on air on the lightning. That would at least justify the beefy cooler, all the bells and whistles and the higher price tag. But that is yet to be seen.
Now Kuat is getting mixed up or something.
We know average lightnings are struggling and many acx users claim to achieve the same overclocks than lightning users, but we are not talking about that.
Last year Kingpin And his 680 classifieds destroyed everything that came out if Europe. That didn't mean that normal 680 classy users could achieve those scores, but the fastest benched 680s were classified not lightnings.
That being said, sure there are classifieds that can barely run at 1200mhz. WE ARE AWARE OF THAT!