MSI R7970 Lightning Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card Review

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The Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test
system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows
7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no
other software programs running.

The AMD Radeon graphics cards were tested with Catalyst 12.3 WHQL drivers and all of the NVIDIA graphics cards ran GeForce 295.51 Beta drivers.

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

Intel LGA2011 Test System
Intel LGA2011 Test System

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 0906 that came
out on 12/22/2011. The Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz quad channel
memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-27 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD was run with  firmware version 2.15.

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i7-3960X

Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

Memory

16GB Corsair 1866MHz

Video Card

Various

Solid-State Drive

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

Cooling

Intel RTS2011LC

Power Supply

Corsair HX850W

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Video Cards Tested:

  • MSI Radeon HD 7970 3072MB – 1070MHz Core / 1400MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 3072MB – 925MHz Core / 1375MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB – 800MHz Core / 1250MHz Memory
  • XFX Radeon HD 7950 3072MB – 900MHz Core / 1375MHz Memory
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3072MB – 900MHz Core / 1250MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 2048MB – 1GHz Core / 1200MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7850 2048MB – 860MHz Core / 1200MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 1024MB – 1GHz Core / 1125MHz Memory
  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1024MB – 1100MHz Core / 1250MHz Memory
  • XFX Radeon HD 7770 Black Super Overclock Edition – 1120MHz / 1300 MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 7750 1024MB – 800 MHz / 1125 MHz Memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 6990 OC 2048MB – 880MHz Core / 1370MHz Memory
  • XFX Radeon HD 6970 2048MB – 880MHz Core / 1375MHz Memory
  • MSI Radeon HD 6950 1024MB – 850MHz Core / 1300MHz Memory
  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock 1024MB – 850MHz Core / 1200MHz Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB – 1006MHz Core / 1502MHz Memory
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 590 1536MB – 613MHz Core/1225MHz Shader/855MHz Memory
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified 3072MB- 855MHz Core/1710MHz Shader/1053MHz Memory
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 580 1536MB  – 816MHz Core/1632MHz Shader/1002MHz Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB  – 732MHz Core/1464MHz Shader/950MHz Memory
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2Win 1024MB – 850MHz Core/1700MHz Shader/1002MHz Memory 
  • MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core PE 1280MB – 750MHz Core/1500MHz Shader/975MHz Memory
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti TOP 1024MB – 925MHz Core/1850MHz Shader/1050MHz Memory

MSI R7970 Lighting GPU-Z Information:

MSI R7970 Lighting GPU-Z
MSI R7970 Lighting GPU-Z Idle

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