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[TT] MSI HD6970 Lightning overclocked review

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The Lightning series continues to be at the pinnacle of performance for people who want the most out of their graphics card. If you don't mind spending closer to $370 US to not only get more performance, but also an awesome cooler, then we're sure you won't be disappointed.

Not only is this just another great Lightning series card, but this is the best HD 6970 we've tested to date. MSI do a fantastic job of laying down the gauntlet and that hasn't changed here.
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Thankfully they fixed the hideous design of the TF3 on the 480 lightning.
 
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It's about time they start releasing some custom design 6970's.
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post #4 of 80
Can I buy one of these in the states yet? I am about to breakdown and just get the TF3 6950 instead.
Edited by bulmung - 4/8/11 at 12:28pm
Small but mighty!
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post #5 of 80
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Originally Posted by MetalBeerSolid View Post
Thankfully they fixed the hideous design of the TF3 on the 480 lightning.
I think the 480 looked good. If it was green for NVIDIA, and the Radeons were red then it would work.
    
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post #6 of 80
that's not bad at all...
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Pretty much GTX 580 performance when overclocked for $370, but their sample didn't have much extra overclocking headroom
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Originally Posted by saulin View Post
Pretty much GTX 580 performance when overclocked for $370, but their sample didn't have much extra overclocking headroom
Pretty much. Not bad. The 6970 DirectCU II goes much further so that's the one to buy between these 2 i think, but it is 3 slots.
    
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post #9 of 80
1565 Mhz on the memory?

Jeez, not bad MSI. Mine gets unstable over 1500 even on water.
post #10 of 80
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Originally Posted by Razi3l View Post
Pretty much. Not bad. The 6970 DirectCU II goes much further so that's the one to buy between these 2 i think, but it is 3 slots.
Saw a guy with a hd6970 Twin Frozr III reaching 1100mhz here a week ago, but i cant find the thread atm.
The Final View
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