R7970 Lightning

Overview

 

 

 
 
Lightning Series Introduction
   
R7970 Lightning Features

 Key Features

  • Unlocked Digital Power
    - Unlocked BIOS: One click to unlock all protections for extreme overclocking
    - Digital PWM Controller: More stable and precise voltage by digital signal
    - Enhanced Power Design: 2X Power output for maximum OC potential 
  • GPU Reactor
    - An add-on device on the back of R7970 Lightning (Behind GPU) for the overclocking stability
    - Provide 88% higher power capacity and eliminate power noise (ripple)
  • Xtreme Thermal
    - Dust Removal technology on Twin Frozr IV keeps dust out for the best thermal condition
    - Dual Form-in-one Heatsinks provide better heat dissipation and strengthen the structure
  • Military Class III Components
    - Meet MIL-STD-810G standard to ensure the best stability and quality.
    - Adopt CopperMOS, Hi-c CAP, Golden SSC, and Dark Solid CAP


Video Output Function

  • Single-link DVI-I x 1
  • Single-link DVI-D x 1
  • Mini DisplayPort x 4

 
Bundle MSI developed driver and utilities

  • MSI Live Update Series(Live Graphics Card BIOS & Live Graphics Card Driver)
    Automatically online download & update Graphics Card BIOS & Drivers, reduce the risk of getting the wrong files, and never have the trouble on web site searching.
  • MSI Graphics Card Driver
  • MSI StarOSD
    StarOSD can monitor system information, adjust monitor figuration, and overclock system.
  • MSI Dual Core Center
  • MSI Live
    MSI Live including all real time life information you need, such as Live MSI Product News, Live Daily Information, Live Personal Schedule Manager, Live Search and more.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft® DirectX
  • Norton Internet Security™ 2008  60 days Trial
    -Blocks online identity theft by phishing Web sites
    -Detects and eliminates spyware
    -Removes viruses and Internet worms automatically
    -Protects against hackers

Product Accessories
 
 
         
MSI Reminds You...
• The accessories will probably be different according to the different selling areas of product models. For details of accessories, please refer to the descriptions on the product package.

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

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Afterburner

Afterburner co-development by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real-time. Afterburner is a completely free utility which is compatible with almost all MSI graphics cards.
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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.
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Military Class Ⅵ Components

- Meet MIL-STD-810G standard to ensure the best stability and quality.
- Adopt CopperMOS, Hi-c CAP, Golden SSC, and Dark Solid CAP

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NVIDIA 28nm GPU with PCI Express Gen 3

  • Support PCI Express 3.0
  • Support NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology. 
  • When combined with a compatible CPU and motherboard, double bandwidth to a staggering 32GB/s for delivering the ultimate in gaming performance.

     
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GPU Reactor

GPU Reactor is the MSI exclusive design for the overclocking stability. An add-on device on the back of graphics cards provide 200% higher power capacity and eliminate power noise (ripple).
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Twin Frozr IV

- Propeller Blade: It provides more 20% airflow to enforce thermal.
- Dust Removal technology: Keeping dust out for optimal cooling performance and best thermal condition.
- Dual Form-in-one Heatsinks: Providing better heat dissipation and strengthen the structure.
This extreme thermal is the best choice for gamer and OCer.
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3X3 OC Kits

- Triple Overvoltage: adjust the voltage of GPU, memory and PLL to unleash the potential of graphics card.
- Triple Temp Monitor: Monitoring and controlling GPU/Memory/PLL condition at the same time.
- Enhanced PWM Design: Providing higher overclocking capability and better stability in peak load.
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Gold-Plated Connector

MSI Lighting graphics cards adopts Gold-Plated Connector to provide better signal transmission and rust protection. It can maximize display connectivity and expand lifetime of your graphics card.
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Unlocked Digital Power

- Unlocked BIOS: One click to unlock all protections for extreme overclocking 
- Digital PWM Controller: More stable and precise voltage by digital signal
- Enhanced Power Design: 2X Power output for maximum OC potential

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AMD GCN Architecture

The Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture is a radically new approach to the design of a consumer GPU. Designed to push not only the boundaries of DirectX® 11 gaming, it is also AMD's first design specifically engineered for general computing. Equipped with up to 32 compute units (2048 stream processors), each containing a scalar coprocessor, AMD's 28nm GPUs are more than capable of handling workloads-and programming languages-traditionally exclusive to the processor.
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AMD APP ACCELEREATION Technology

AMD Radeon™ GPUs with AMD App Acceleration let you run multiple applications at the same time with remarkable speed and reliability. AMD App Acceleration can help reduce slowdowns and stuttering in intensive, media-rich applications. Powered by a set of innovative hardware and software technologies working in concert behind the scenes, AMD APP Acceleration gives you enhanced speed and performance beyond traditional graphics and video processing. You can multitask more efficiently, and more confidently.
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AMD Eyefinity

Enjoy an incredibly immersive HD gaming/computing experience with AMD Eyefinity Technology. This revolutionary multi-display technology allows you to expand your visual real estate across up to three displays with innovative “wrap around” capabilities to maximize your field of view with incredible sharpness and clarity.

Brief Specification

Graphics Engine ATI Radeon HD 7970
Bus Standard PCI Express x16 3.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 3072
Memory Interface 384 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 1070
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 5600
DVI Output 2
Mini DisplayPort 4
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560x1600
RAMDACs 400
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.2
CrossFire Support Y
Card Dimension(mm) 305x135.5x40mm

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

Awards

Gold Award - Profesional review
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Profesional review
Country: Spain
Editor's Choice hi-Tech - hi-Tech PRO
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice hi-Tech
Comment: -
Media: hi-Tech PRO
Country: Ukraine
Platinum - El Chapuzas Informatico
Date: 2012-00
Title: Platinum
Comment: >Open
Media: El Chapuzas Informatico
Country: Spain
Highly Recommended - APC Magazine
Date: 2012-00
Title: Highly Recommended
Comment: -
Media: APC Magazine
Country: Australia
Silver Award - Hardware.info
Date: 2012-00
Title: Silver Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Hardware.info
Country: Netherlands
Gold Award & 9.5 out of 10 - Adrenaline
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award & 9.5 out of 10
Comment: >Open
Media: Adrenaline
Country: Brazil
Editors Choice - Tweak.dk
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editors Choice
Comment: >Open
Media: Tweak.dk
Country: Denmark
msi-award
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice Award
Comment: -
Media: CHIP
Country: Malaysia
msi-award
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold award
Comment: -
Media: HWM
Country: Malaysia
Editor’s Choice  - X-bit labs
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor’s Choice
Comment: >Open
Media: X-bit labs
Country: United States
Editor's Choice - XBitlabs.com
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Comment: >Open
Media: XBitlabs.com
Country: United States
Editor's Choice - PC Magazine
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Comment: -
Media: PC Magazine
Country: United Arab Emirates
Recommended - DDWorld.cz
Date: 2012-00
Title: Recommended
Comment: >Open
Media: DDWorld.cz
Country: Czech Republic
Performance Award - Hardware Heaven - Heaven Media
Date: 2012-00
Title: Performance Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Hardware Heaven - Heaven Media
Country: UK
Gold Award - PC UPDATE
Date: 2012-00
Title: Gold Award
Comment: -
Media: PC UPDATE
Country: France
The choice of overclockers - EasyCOM.com.ua
Date: 2012-00
Title: The choice of overclockers
Comment: >Open
Media: EasyCOM.com.ua
Country: Ukraine
Bronze - Deep in IT
Date: 2012-00
Title: Bronze
Comment: >Open
Media: Deep in IT
Country: Czech Republic
Editor's Choice: Best product! - Overclockers.ua
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice: Best product!
Comment: >Open
Media: Overclockers.ua
Country: Ukraine
Best Product - Tech Arena
Date: 2012-00
Title: Best Product
Comment: >Open
Media: Tech Arena
Country: Italy
HOT Award - atomic
Date: 2012-00
Title: HOT Award
Comment: -
Media: atomic
Country: Australia
Editors' Choice - Legit Reviews
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editors' Choice
Comment: >Open
Media: Legit Reviews
Country: United States
Dam Good - Hardware Canucks
Date: 2012-00
Title: Dam Good
Comment: >Open
Media: Hardware Canucks
Country: United States
Good Award - Tweakers.net
Date: 2012-00
Title: Good Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Tweakers.net
Country: Netherlands
Platinum Award - Hardware-Test
Date: 2012-00
Title: Platinum Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Hardware-Test
Country: Norway
EXCELLENT STUFF - VR ZONE
Date: 2012-00
Title: EXCELLENT STUFF
Comment: >Open
Media: VR ZONE
Country: Singapore
Editor's Choice - PC Perspective
Date: 2012-00
Title: Editor's Choice
Comment: >Open
Media: PC Perspective
Country: United States
Worth Buying - Kitguru
Date: 2012-00
Title: Worth Buying
Comment: >Open
Media: Kitguru
Country: UK
Silver Award - HardOCP
Date: 2012-00
Title: Silver Award
Comment: >Open
Media: HardOCP
Country: United States
Worth Buying - Kitguru
Date: 2012-00
Title: Worth Buying
Comment: >Open
Media: Kitguru
Country: UK
Performance Award - Hardware Heaven
Date: 2012-00
Title: Performance Award
Comment: >Open
Media: Hardware Heaven
Country: UK

BIOS

Driver

Win8 32,Win8 64,Win7 32,Win7 64,Vista 32,Vista 64,XP 32,XP 64

!Special Note:

The Drivers provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.

We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Graphics Driver 9.00.100.2
Description
Version 9.00.100.2
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2013-10-15
OS XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 193.1 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 9.012
Description
Version 9.012
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2013-10-15
OS Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64
Download download File Size 265.09 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 9.002
Description
Version 9.002
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-12-17
OS Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64
Download download File Size 259.9 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.982
Description
Version 8.982
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-09-03
OS XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 172.21 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.982
Description
Version 8.982
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-09-03
OS Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64
Download download File Size 174.89 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.98
Description
Version 8.98
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-08-13
OS Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64
Download download File Size 214.31 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.98
Description
Version 8.98
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-08-13
OS XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 193.37 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.921
Description ATI Graphics Drivers
Version 8.921
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-02-10
OS Win7 32, Win7 64
Download download File Size 200.38 MB
Note For AMD latest driver, please click For 7750 only or For 7000 series
MSI Graphics Driver 8.921
Description ATI Graphics Drivers
Version 8.921
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-02-10
OS XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 156.47 MB
Note
MSI Graphics Driver 8.921
Description ATI Graphics Drivers
Version 8.921
Type ATI Graphics Drivers Release Date 2012-02-10
OS Vista 32, Vista 64
Download download File Size 199.98 MB
Note

Utility

Win8.1 32,Win8.1 64,Win8 32,Win8 64,Win7 32,Win7 64,Vista 32,Vista 64,XP 32,XP 64

!Special Note:

The Utilities provided here are exclusively for MSI products only. MSI takes no responsibility for any damage resulted from improper usage or lack of technical expertise.

We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.
MSI Live Update 5
Description • Online update BIOS/Driver/Firmware/Utility.
• Live Monitor auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information.
Version 5.0.115
Type Utility Release Date 2014-04-03
OS Win8.1 32, Win8.1 64, Win8 32, Win8 64, Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64, XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 9.64 MB
Note
MSI Afterburner
Description MSI's own "Afterburner" software is currently the most powerful graphics card overclocking software available. Aside from the basic frequency adjustment and system monitor, this software allows the user to adjust the voltage for the GPU. This important feature saves all the hassle of having to adjust the circuit board in order to provide a higher voltage to the GPU. Additionally, the software's automatic fan speed control has received a lot of praise from enthusiasts all over the world. With MSI's "Afterburner", the decision to run the fan quietly or for high-performance is in your hands!
Version 2.3.1
Type Utility Release Date 2013-06-07
OS Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 32, Win7 64, Vista 32, Vista 64, XP 32, XP 64
Download download File Size 21.93 MB
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