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AMD’s HD6970 has been a popular card since it was launched and some partners have been releasing modified versions based on the AMD reference design. Today we are looking at a rather spectacular design from MSI which features the latest update on their high performance Twin Frozr cooler.

KitGuru has looked at many of the Twin Frozr designs in the past, and we have found that they always deliver class leading cooling performance while emitting very little noise.

The MSI R6970 Lightning Twin Frozr III graphics card has the newest version of the cooler with improved heatpipe design and the world’s first 18 Phase PWM design. With a generous overclock to 940mhz, is this the best HD6970 available on the market today?
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Might wanna add a pic and a quote from the article... Anyway nice find and nice card. Really msi is doing great but they are bringing the non-ref cards late.
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AMAZING

Much rather this over a 590. I mean, at least it won't explode on me.
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above the $500 mark yeah?
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An overclocked reference 6970 will perform the same as the MSI version but with hgiher temps, that's all.
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Still not better than my overclocked 570. I get 6 fps more in heaven.
How much is this going to cost?

Edit: 386€ @ overclockers and I bought my 570 for 355€ shipped(13€).
Right now 570 costs 310 at the same shop.
Anyway, nice temps though
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post #7 of 48
sweet. i love any cards that come with memory voltage settings and clear vcheck points.

this card is defintely made for tinkering. a 6950 2gb will obviously get very close to this card, but the tinkering is unbeatable.
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Originally Posted by zefs View Post
Still not better than my overclocked 570. I get 6 fps more in heaven.
How much is this going to cost?

Edit: 386€ @ overclockers and I bought my 570 for 355€ shipped(13€).
Right now 570 costs 310 at the same shop.
Anyway, nice temps though
a 6950 2gb unlocked and overlocked beats your card in some tests.
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Originally Posted by zefs View Post
Still not better than my overclocked 570. I get 6 fps more in heaven.
How much is this going to cost?

Edit: 386€ @ overclockers and I bought my 570 for 355€ shipped(13€).
Right now 570 costs 310 at the same shop.
Anyway, nice temps though
I like the 570's but they skimped on the power delivery with the reference design.

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post #10 of 48
Just for people to understand... it's not clear that they will be great overclockers out of the box. Basically what they did was to upgrade the VRM in such order that you can give lots of voltage and that will keep temperatures controlled...

for example, i saw a GTX580 lightning @ 985Mhz with 1.30v at max temps at 68ºC!
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