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[TPU] Msi HD6970 lightning review

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http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/M...970_Lightning/

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MSI's Radeon HD 6970 Lightning is a pimped up version of the original AMD HD 6970 reference design. Not much is left as in the original: PCB layout, cooling, clock frequencies, all have been improved upon. As a result the HD 6970 Lightning is one of the few premium HD 6970 designs on the market. The card offers plenty of features for overclockers, for example voltage measurement points, triple voltage control using MSI Afterburner, DIP switches for enthusiast tweaking and dual BIOS. In terms of performance, MSI is using increased clocks of 940 MHz core and 1375 MHz memory which are among the highest available on any HD 6970 version. As a result the card gains about 7% in performance when compared to the unoverclocked reference design. However, this is not enough to surpass NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 570 which is a few percent faster and less expensive. Other competition for the card exists as the Radeon HD 6950, which lets willing users unlock its disabled shaders which result in the same performance as a normal HD 6970 - at lower cost.
Plz no more flaming...
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The conclusion is kind of inadaquate. 6970 Lightning slightly wins over standard 570 in the important 1200p and 1600p resolutions. Anyone who buys this card and plays at 1680x1050 or lower needs their priorities straightened out. Plus they are still using Cat 11.1 drivers, not the superior 11.4 preview drivers.




Edited by Riou - 4/13/11 at 3:13am
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I like how they perform for eyefinity setups without the need to buy two cards like nvidia. So it is a good buy for those users.
    
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The DCII or TFIII 570 can OC too. That's what you compare a Lightning too, not a reference pcb at stock. He didn't even disable OCP when he OC'd either.
You're better off getting two 6950s @ 950-1000Mhz and unlocking them.

I also lol'd at their conclusion:
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No support for CUDA / PhysX
C'mon now. Duh; and that's not really relevant to gaming. Prob only 1% of people care about GPGPU.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/13/11 at 1:37pm
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why are they running the 11.1 drivers, come on you cant do anything with the 11.1 drivers.
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I like how Nvidia's high end GPU's perform better on low end resolutions, and AMD high end GPU's perform better on high end resolutions, the way the were meant to be played..

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Originally Posted by Anthony00814 View Post
MSI's HD 6970 Lightning needs added ability than the HD 6970 advertence design, which is to be accepted accustomed the higher alarm speeds out of the box. Ability burning increases in abandoned and Blu-ray can not be justified by this. Both after-effects are decidedly high, abnormally Blu-ray ability burning is too much.
erm.. don't rely on google translate..


I find "No support for CUDA / PhysX" very much irrelevant.. Meant to be mentioned?

Yeah the 11.4 preview seems the best driver as today, and yet he didn't used it..
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