MSI GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970 Lightning pictured

Published: 30th Dec 2010, 03:19 GMT

MSI GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970 Lightning cards pictured | TechConnect Magazine
MSI’s Lightning line of customized, overclocking-ready graphics cards will next year be expanded through the release of the N580GTX Lightning (based on the GF110 GPU) and R6970 Lightning (powered by a Cayman chip) models.

Both upcoming cards have over-sized PCBs (printed circuit boards), a BIOS switch, are equipped with the dual-slot Twin Frozr III cooler boasting two 9cm fans and five beefy heatpipes, and enable voltage tweaks for not only the GPU and memory, but for the VDDCI (which controls the voltage of the PCIe input).

The N580GTX Lightning features a 16 phase PWM power design, 512 CUDA Cores, a 384-bit memory interface, 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory, includes dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and will surely be factory-overclocked. As for the R6970 Lightning, it has 18 phase PWM, 1536 Stream Processors, a 256-bit memory interface, 2GB of VRAM, and dual-DVI, HDMI and dual mini DisplayPort outputs. MSI’s cards look almost ready for release so we should see them in stores next month.

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