July 19th, 2012
MSI Preparing Liquid Cooled R7970 Lightning Edition
MSI teases their new model of liquid-cooled Radeon HD 7970. Card is purportedly powered by Tahiti XT2 GPU, and as the PCB suggests – it’s a new variant of Lighting model.
Card would using a EK-7970 Ltg waterblock. The block is made of huge copper slab and acetal panel (available only in acetal version). EKWB claims it will allow to reinstall stock backplate of HD 7970 Lightning card. There are currently six full-cover waterblocks from EKWB for Radeon HD 7970, including CSQ, Acetal CSQ, Nickel CSQ, Acetal + Nickel CSQ and two designed for DirectCU II cards from ASUS. So this would be seventh waterblock strictly for MSI’s Lightning card.
Let’s hope that this model will arrive with the higher clocks and therefore, outperform any card on the market. MSI’s R7970 Lightning is available for $520, which suggests that the water-cooled model should cost at least $620.