MSI today announced the release of the MSI R7970 Lightning, the new heir to the Lightning series graphics cards. Equipped with AMD's 28nm Radeon HD 7970 GPU, the MSI R7970 Lightning features an all-new Unlocked Digital Power Architecture that incorporates an Unlocked BIOS, Digital PWM Controller, and Enhanced Power Design to boost overclocking potential to new heights and make overclocking easier than ever. In an industry first, the proprietary “GPU Reactor” power supply module reduces power supply noise and also boosts overclocking stability as well.
To keep this beast cool, the MSI R7970 Lightning utilizes the latest Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design, equipped with Dust Removal Technology. The dual 10 cm fans with Propeller Blade Technology generate massive airflow for fast heat dissipation, while remaining whisper silent. The two form-in-one heatsinks improve cooling for memory and the power supply module as well ensure structural integrity. The R7970 Lightning uses Military Class III components, which have passed rigorous third-party testing to meet MIL-STD-810G standards, guaranteeing the card's stability and reliability under actual use conditions. Moreover, the “3X3 OC Kits” are designed to simplify overclocking, which makes it easier than ever for enthusiasts to fine-tune the performance of their graphics cards.
The R7970 Lightning boasts an all-new Unlocked Digital Power architecture, which involves the Unlocked BIOS, digital PWM chipset, and an improved power supply design. Unlocked BIOS removes CCC overclocking limits, Power Tune limit is increased by 180 percent, and OCP limits are relaxed to completely unleash the graphics card's overclocking potential. The digital power supply signal provides voltage signals that are more stable and accurate, than conventional analog designs, meaning the voltage can be adjusted more quickly and precisely during overclocking. The improved power supply design provides double the power of the reference board and consists of 17 power supply parameters, dual 8-pin power supply connectors, and the Lightning Power Layer (LPL) design.
For the extreme user
Under the aluminum Twin Frozr IV body, you can find a high density fin grid array that provides heat dissipating area that is fed by heat-pipes, featuring MSI’s SuperPipe technology. MSI has also incorporated its exclusive Dust Removal Technology. Fans are running in reverse for 30 seconds after booting to remove dust from the heatsinks and keep the graphics card's cooling performance running at optimum levels. The R7970 Lightning also boasts two form-in-one heatsinks. One heatsink is located on the front of the graphics card to cool the memory and power supply modules, while the second heatsink on the back of the card helps protect and re-inforce the card structure. This extreme cooling design provides the R7970 Lightning with the best cooling performance and the most reliable structure.
For overclocking enthusiasts, MSI has developed the 3X3 OC Kits: V-Check Points enable GPU, Memory and VDDCI voltage to be monitored, while Triple Overvoltage and Triple Temperature Sensor enable overclockers to quickly fine-tune and track the performance of their graphics card using enthusiasts favorite Afterburner overclocking software. The four mini DisplayPorts and 2 DVI ports on the R7970 Lightning enable AMD Eyefinity technology to drive 6 screen output with just one card.
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