MSI Radeon HD 5870 R5870 Lightning 1GB GDDR5 PCIe

  • MSI Radeon HD 5870 R5870 Lightning 1GB GDDR5 PCIe
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Based on 12 scores, 28 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    1
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Factory overclocked with warranty support; custom cooling solution.
  • Excellent cooler, Silent fans, HDMI cable included, High-quality components used
  • Engineered for extreme overclocking, Software voltage control via Afterburner, Good overclocking potential, DirectX 11 support, Dual 8pin power connectors, Native HDMI output, Voltage monitoring support, GDDR5 memory, HDMI cable included, Support for AMD.

Cons:

  • Pricier than the competition; limited success in actually overclocking.
  • A slightly overclocked core is completely pointless

Expert reviews and ratings

By Ocaholic on

General +-Quick and easy: This card simply is a dream! Due to the new cooler the card is more silent and therefore does it's job better than ATIs reference. Also with 27 Watts dissipation power in 2D mode you can even have a clear conscience when...

By Maximum PC on 60

MSI revamps the reference design inside and out Factory overclocked graphics cards seem too good to be true. You get increased performance plus the manufacturer’s warranty. XFX’s Radeon HD 5870 XXX was the first factory-OC’d version of...

By Kitguru.net on 90

Goodness gracious, great balls of...

By Tech2 on 90

SpecificationsGPU: Radeon HD 5870; Core | Memory speed: 900 MHz | 1200 MHz; Video memory: 1 GB GDDR5; Memory bus width: 256-bit; DirectX support: 11; Video outputs: 2x DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Test RigOur test rig ran the Intel Core i5-655K on the...

By AnandTech on

Next up we have MSI’s Radeon HD 5870 Lightning, the latest in their line of overclocker-focused video cards. The 5870 Lightning is perhaps the boldest Lightning yet, deviating quite a bit from the 5870’s reference design. click to enlargeAt...

By HotHardware on

Before running a single benchmark, it was easy to postulate the outcome of our testing. Now that the scores are in, Gigabyte's Super Overclock has established itself as the undisputed performance leader. It consistently racked up the highest scores...

By Overclock3D on 77

If you are one of those people who only reads reviews of certain products, or dismisses these tweaked models as expensive versions of the reference design, you could be forgiven for wondering why we even bother to test them. After all, we know the...

By Legion Hardware on

The MSI R5870 Lightning is an impressive graphics card with a number of unique design aspects. In terms of features, build quality and overclocking abilities, it is by far the best Radeon HD 5870 graphics card that we know of. The fact that we could...

By Guru of 3D on

Intriguing is what the the R5870 Lighting really is. It is one of the finest 5870 cards currently available, if not the most interesting and fastest single GPU based graphics card obtainable on the market. In every foreseeable way the Lightning has...

By HEXUS.net on 60

MSI set out to create the finest Radeon HD 5870 graphics card that money can buy. Based on the fastest single-GPU gaming card at the time of writing, MSI has thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, at the R5870 Lightning.Starting off with a...

By techPowerUp! on 85

When looking at the PCB design, it becomes clear that MSI has gone long ways to improve the AMD reference design for extra overclocking potential. The included SSC coils work without emitting any coil noise, and the added number of PWM phases will...

By HardwareZone.com on 90

Overall, we are pleased with the MSI R5870 Lightning's performance as it performed up to our expectations. And although it was lagging behind the Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X at some of the benchmarks, the difference is negligible and could be because...

International Review By Ocaholic German on 100

Die MSI R5870 Lighning ist eine reinrassige OC-Karte, die aber auch äusserst interessant für Gamer und Enthusiasten ist. Der Mehrpreis von ca. CHF 60.- (ca. EUR 40.-) gegenüber einer herkömmlicher HD5870 ist gerechtfertigt: Mit...

International Review By Tom's Hardware on

Für 60 Euro Aufpreis gibt es leise Kühlkonzepte und höhere Taktraten ab Werk. Wir prüfen, was die Verbesserungen im Detail bewirken und wie viel Mehrleistung man bei einer übertakteten Radeon HD 5870 erwarten kann. Bei übertakteten Grafikkarten werden...

International Review By PcHS.IT on 100

Per quanto riguarda l'overclock, la R5870 Lightning nasce in particolar modo per sessioni di benchmark estremo che prevedono quindi sistemi di raffreddamento adeguati (vedi azoto liquido). I limiti raggiunti con dissipazione standard e senza...

International Review By ExtraHardware on

se nebude příznivcům značky MSI a všem, kdo na Lightning třebas čekali, číst bůhvíjak příjemně. Přestože hodnocení na základě dvou nepříliš...

International Review By PCBrain on 85

La serie di VGA lightning è sicuramente una delle più amate dagli Overclocker, poichè solitamente abbina le GPU più potenti sul mercato a dei componenti di primissima scelta, come condensatori con anima al tantalio, sezioni di...

International Review By PCWorld France on

400 à 450 euros pour la MSI, plus de 500 euros pour l'Asus Matrix et la Gigabyte, cela vaut-il le coup, telle est la question à se poser. Si on regarde les résultats ci-dessus et qu'on se rappelle qu'une Radeon HD 5870 de base se négocie aux...

International Review By TheLab on 95

Με τις νέες nVidia στην κυκλοφορία, τους προμηθευτές...

International Review By Hard-H2O on

Con la R5870 de MSI se ha demostrado hasta dónde puede llegar el Cypress RV870; sin modificar voltajes (se puede hacer mediante la utilidad AfterBurner), hemos subido la velocidad del núcleo 65 MHz, casi un 14% si atendemos a la velocidad de...