MSI Radeon HD 6970 R6970 Lightning Twin Frozr 3 2GB GDDR5 PCIe

  • MSI Radeon HD 6970 R6970 Lightning Twin Frozr 3 2GB GDDR5 PCIe
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  • Overclocked out of the box, Dual BIOS switch, Reasonable price increase, Quiet in idle, Voltage tuning via MSI Afterburner, Low temperatures, DIP switches for enthusiast overclockers, Native fullsize HDMI & DisplayPort output, Up to four active displays.
  • Extremely cool & quiet, Performs same as (and higher than) GTX 580.


  • Fan could be quieter under load, High power draw in idle and Bluray playback, 2nd DVI port is only singlelink, DirectX 11 relevance limited at this time, No support for CUDA / PhysX
  • Doesn't overclock by a very huge margin

Expert reviews and ratings

By X-bit Labs on

The MSI Radeon R6970 Lightning and VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 X-Edition graphics cards are surely highly interesting top-end products. Besides the increased GPU frequency (and memory frequency too, in the case of the VTX3D card), they boast...

By PCPer on

I have been a graphics snob/enthusiast since 1996, the year I first picked up a Voodoo Graphics board from Orchid. Where 3D technology was going just blew my mind, and I was hooked from there on out. During the following years there were always...

By HardOCP on

The MSI R6970 Lightning is another in a long line of high-quality video cards with a performance that doesn't exactly live up to its high price premium out of the box. However, there is no doubt that the R6970 Lightning is a premium product, and it...

By Vortez on

I began the review by mentioning MSI’s tagline, “Innovation with Style” and it became very apparent throughout my experience testing the R6970 Lightning that MSI had a very special product on their hands. Let’s start by looking at...

By Pureoverclock on

The 6970 Lightning successfully continues MSI's tradition of bringing graphics cards that feature high performance and low temperatures to consumers that demand high quality products. This card is a behemoth in just about every aspect: it's long...

By techPowerUp! on 86

MSI's Radeon HD 6970 Lightning is a pimped up version of the original AMD HD 6970 reference design. Not much is left as in the original: PCB layout, cooling, clock frequencies, all have been improved upon. As a result the HD 6970 Lightning is one of...

By Guru of 3D on

HAWKs, Lightning's, AfterBurner, Kombustor, Predator ... yeah the aeromotive theme of MSI products certainly stands out. And that makes sense, they try to compare and brand their products towards military class FAST (preferably flying) products. And...

By on 80

A few days ago I reviewed the MSI N580GTX Lightning card, which proved to be one hell of an overclocking beast at a price point that’s too good to miss. Will MSI’s R6970 Lightning which has received the same brilliant engineering treatment...

By on 80

Out of the box, the performance of the new R6970 Lightning was pretty disappointing. It started brightly on the two synthetic benchmarks, 3DMark11 and 3DMark Vantage, posting gains of around 5%, but real world applications such as Crysis and...

By on 95

High clock speeds, low noise, great temperatures, excellent...

International Review By Alt om DATA on 90

Meget kraftigt grafikkort, der oven i købet ser ud til at have fremragende oveclockingspotentiale. Det er lidt efter to af kortene i visse spil. Et fremragende grafikkort og en relativt billig investering, med...

International Review By PC-Experience on

MSI hat mit der R6970 Lightning ein deutliches Zeichen gesetzt, auch wenn bei uns kein Blitz einschlug, so waren wir doch nachhaltig beeindruckt. Dabei ist es gar nicht so sehr die Performance-Steigerung der ab Werk übertakteten Grafikkarte, die...

International Review By PC Labs on

MSI son dönemlerde atağını iyice hızlandırmış bir üretici. "Aşırı yüklü" anakartları dışında yine bol özellikle yüklenmiş ekran kartları da...

International Review By HardTecs4U on

Unsere nachfolgende Gesamtwertung bezieht sich ausschließlich auf den aktuellen Status Quo und das aktuelle Testfeld und spiegelt in der Zusammenfassung unsere Erfahrungen im Test wieder. Man gelangt mittels Klick auf die einzelne Wertungskategorie...