MSI R6970 Lightning

Videocards/VGA Reviews by petervandamned @ 2011-12-20

On the market from april 2011. Still ATI's fasted single GPU card. Before the new 7000 serie hits the market, we will have a look and tests on MSI's R6970 Lighting. Fast enough with the normal air Twin Frozr III as we can see in the tests. 

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Lightning speeds

We set up a normal system like you probably will use at home:

Intel 2500K overclocked at 5gig 1.425 volt WC cooled by an 

Antec Kühler H2O 920 

MSI P67A-GD65 

Patriot 4GB DDR3 Viper Xtreme 2133 Mhz  

MSI R6970 Lighting 

Intel SSD 80 gig 320 serie x 2 in raid 0 

Energy power meter

Some volt meters and all mounted on a Dimastech bench table

Everthing powered by a 

Antec High Current Pro 1200 watt Power Supply


We need some benching software, already used in the MSI's R6870 Hawk review. 

First new comer is a Formula 1 test. Codemaster F1 2011 is the logical follow up of the 2010 version:



Let me show you how we do the benchmark test:



With the Ultra profile loaded and the 1920 * 1080 resolution selected this game looks like the real deal.

This one is blasting big holes and truely looking amazing.


Second one in the line of fire is an oldy but still a goody. Ubisoft's Far Cry 2 made in 2008, 2012 will be the launch of FC3. This is a very reliable benchmark, mostly scaling very well with extra GPU, CPU and/or ram power.



Third in line will be Electronic Arts Crysis 2 game



And for the last game test we picked Mafia 2 :


Ending with 3Dmark's Vantage :



Results on the next page ->

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