MSI R7970 Lightning Boost Edition review: fastest HD 7970 yet
13 February 2013
Excerpt: Last year MSI launched the R7970 Lightning, a graphics card based on the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and aimed at overclockers. It has since been replaced by the R7970 Lightning Boost Edition. Same concept, same price, but with improved performance. Reason enough for Hardware.Info to also review this video card.
Excerpt: MSI's R7970 Lightning has been on the market for a couple of months now. Last week the manufacturer launched a Hawk version of the Radeon HD 7870 as well. Should overclockers become excited? Hardware.Info tested and overclocked both video cards.
MSI R7970 Lightning Review: AMD's HD 7970 Gets the Treatment
28 March 2012
Excerpt: \uFEFFIt can now be claimed that we are arguably in our 4th generation of Lightning products from MSI. It can also be claimed that the 3rd generation of products really put that brand on the mainstream map. The R6970 and N580GTX (and XE version) set new standards for enthusiast grade graphics cards. Outstanding construction, unique pcb design, high quality (and quantity) of components, and a good eye for overall price have all been hallmarks of these cards.
Conclusion: Across the board (excuse the pun) we have high quality components which are designed to maximise stability, power delivery and reliability including high quality capacitors and MOSFETs. On past cards this has usually been enough but MSI have gone even further by adding a second PCB to further enhance the power delivery possible on the Lightning edition.
Summary: One of the coolest things about this video card is the support for Eyefinity 6, or running 6 displays off of one video card. This video card can offer an experience in gaming that is even greater than a reference Radeon HD 7970. The down side to this video card's output options is the fact that it uses two single-link DVI adaptors which only carry a maximum resolution of 1920x1200. This video card is clearly built with DisplayPort users in mind.
Summary: MSI is launching its new flagship Radeon HD 7970 based Lightning series video card this week. This highly customized video card takes the Radeon HD 7970 and adds all sorts of features. Will the extra customizations like "GPU Reactor" add up to a stellar overclock? We'll put this video card to the test and find out.
Conclusion: The HD 7970 may be having a hard time standing out against a GTX 680 card that has it outgunned and out priced but this architecture still has plenty of life left in it. Regardless of the adversity placed in their paths, AMD’s board partners have continued to innovate and there’s no better example of this march towards perfection than MSI’s HD 7970 Lightning.
Excerpt: In the last month AMD’s partners have been unveiling their custom cooled graphics cards and we have already reviewed the latest Dual X HD7970 Overclock Edition from Sapphire and the HD7970 X Edition from VTX3D. Today we are looking at MSI’s flagship R7970 Lightning with custom twin fan cooler and proprietary PCB design.