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HD 6970 lightning worth it?

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hey guys,

I was wondering if the hd 6970 was worth the extra money in comparison to the regular version.
What's the difference anyway?

Jim
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Well better cooling for OC, and is already overclocked a little.
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Noise will be the biggest difference. I bought a 6970 with a non-reference cooler for that reason alone. The Lightning will run cooler, be quieter, and overclock better than the regular cards.
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I see, guess I'll go for that one then, thanks!
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Your welcome ! It's a good choice.
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i heard the hd 6970 and gtx 580 lightning have very similar price, might just as well get the gtx 580 for like 50 $ more cuz its way faster
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Originally Posted by Sushimaster View Post
i heard the hd 6970 and gtx 580 lightning have very similar price, might just as well get the gtx 580 for like 50 $ more cuz its way faster
WAY faster is not the case.

The price difference will be bigger than 50$, and the difference in price will be equal to the difference in performance.

OP: The biggest difference for the lightnings is the advanced power system, supposedly easily capable of a kilowatt's worth of power. That means the only thing holding you back from OC potential is temperature(which will be barnone, next to watercooling) and simply architectural limitation.

I expect the 6970 lightning with the right voltage to do 1075/6100... That'd be nice.
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It's not really that much more then a better line 6970. Look at newegg, the other 6970's are within 15$ of this card. I got it simply for the better PCB and cooling.

The 580 is 525$ on the egg compared to 386.$

Look at the power draw of the 580, pretty hefty.
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