Review: MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning


Published by Christian Ney on 18.10.12
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The graphics card provided to us by MSI belongs to their Lightning series and it is no less than the legendary R7970L. The one that broke and is still breaking all 3D World Records. But here we are going to see what this card is worth under non extreme conditions. If you are familiar with the Lightning series then you already know what to expect about this one. The card comes with an heavily customized PCB and power design, the Twin Frozr IV cooler and a nice factory overclocking.




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On the following pages we will show you the strenghts and weaknesses of the MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning.
(As several other media used the card before us the graphics card/box and bundle weren't in mint conditions at all. Therefore we didn't take pictures of the actual sample but used the ones available on media.msi.com. The bundle picture comes from Tom's Hardware.co.uk)

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - Crysis 2
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 15 - Dragon Age 2
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 16 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 18 - StarCraft II
Page 6 - 3DMark Vantage Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 8 - TessMark Page 21 - VRM Temps
Page 9 - Alien vs Predator Page 22 - Temps - Idle / FurMark
Page 10 - Batman: Arkham City Page 23 - Temps - Call of Duty MW3 / BattleField 3
Page 11 - DIRT 2 Page 24 - BenchMarks and Games Settings
Page 12 - Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - BattleField 3



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