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MSI’s company tagline is “Innovation with Style†and looking at their portfolio of custom engineered graphics on the market today, we can see that they have done their own philosophy justice. Currently, most graphics card manufacturers are trending towards using their own custom PCB and coolers to differentiate their products from the competition but the result is a market flooded with choice. This is no doubt beneficial to consumers as competitions drives innovation and most importantly leads to reduced pricing but choice can also cause confusion. Are custom cards worth the extra over reference designs? Which brand should I opt for? These are some of the questions that strike buyers when presented with a vast list of graphics cards on e-tailor websites.

A few weeks ago, we looked at ASUS’s custom solution at differentiating their high end graphics cards from the competition and this came in the form of the DirectCU II series which when teamed with AMD’s HD6950 produced very favourable results in both performance and noise. MSI have gone several steps further with their Lightning series and brings new meaning to the word innovation. To start, MSI have improved on their Twin Frozr concept and created the third rendition in the form of the aptly named Twin Frozr III cooler. Furthermore, they have taken AMD’s flagship Cayman GPU and teamed it with an unrivalled power circuitry using only the best selection of components to produce the fastest clocked version of the card on the market today. Our review sample comes clocked at a mighty 940MHz on the core, a 7% boost over the reference design and MSI state that the retail version will come clocked even higher at 970MHz! And to top it off, MSI have included a number of unique features such as voltage measuring points, triple overvoltage, a BIOS switch, dual 8 pin PCIe connectors and the popular Afterburner application.


http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages..._review,1.html

I've been following reviews of this card closely since I first saw it posted on TPU but this one seems to be the most comprehensive review so far...
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yes nice review for a great card.
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me gots last friday, sweet card

this is the first review I have read where the reviewer tests stock and o/c on both the lightning and the 570.

good read
Edited by Spct - 4/21/11 at 3:24pm
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been an avid reader for quite a bit now love the gpu reviews at this place.

the lightning sure does seem a capable card check the OC! one thing though i wish MSI would update the design of frozr heatsink...
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I'm wondering what drugs the guys at Vortez are on. I simply cannot believe that the 6970 Lightning pulls THAT much power. Whether it's system load figures or the card itself that is just absurd.

Could that be right? Hell, they even quote system load for a reference 6970 to be 30w over an overclocked 580. I simply can't believe it.

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been an avid reader for quite a bit now love the gpu reviews at this place.

the lightning sure does seem a capable card check the OC! one thing though i wish MSI would update the design of frozr heatsink...
It has been updated. Hence Twin Frozr III...

What, do you want a new cooler every few weeks?
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I'm wondering what drugs the guys at Vortez are on. I simply cannot believe that the 6970 Lightning pulls THAT much power. Whether it's system load figures or the card itself that is just absurd.

Could that be right? Hell, they even quote system load for a reference 6970 to be 30w over an overclocked 580. I simply can't believe it.



It has been updated. Hence Twin Frozr III...

What, do you want a new cooler every few weeks?
Look here, http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/398...w/index17.html

Similiar results.

I stock reference card puls 207 Idle, http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon...6970-review/11
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I'm wondering what drugs the guys at Vortez are on. I simply cannot believe that the 6970 Lightning pulls THAT much power. Whether it's system load figures or the card itself that is just absurd.

Could that be right? Hell, they even quote system load for a reference 6970 to be 30w over an overclocked 580. I simply can't believe it.



It has been updated. Hence Twin Frozr III...

What, do you want a new cooler every few weeks?
I'm wondering what you have stuck up your....

Frozr has been updated, I can count. But the overall look and style is still quite similar. My point being - it would be nice to see something a bit more funky rather than following the same traits/style. It needs some life!
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6950 OC gets less fps in every game then 6950 stock! LOL
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6950 OC gets less fps in every game then 6950 stock! LOL
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Damn so gaming at 1920x1200 I should use a 5870 according to them, since it's minimum frame rate is 3x that of any other card.
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