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MSI R7970 LIGHTNING BE Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 2048 Stream Processors
  • 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 3.0 x16
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Imagine your gaming, now faster and quieter with the MSI R7970 LIGHTNING BE graphics card! Built on the already powerful 28nm AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition chip, the R7970 LIGHTNING BE pushes the performance boundary by cranking up the frequency to 1070 MHz Base Clock, 1150MHz Boost Clock and 6000MHz memory clock. The hottest DirectX 11 titles will be smoother with visually stunning graphics and details.

For overclocking enthusiasts, DIY professionals, and the like, you'll love this combination of software and hardware. Afterburner overclocking utility, Unlocked Digital Power, and GPU Reactor technology offer you unlimited freedom to tweak the parameters, so you can extract every drop of performance from this VGA card. Overheating? No need to worry. Military Class III components and Xtreme Thermal solution guarantee unparalleled durability and cooling for you to game hard with full confidence.

Play games or play the card, its up to you.

  • newegg Unlocked Digital Power An innovative set of design advancement to improve your overclocking capability. With Unlocked BIOS, you can unlock all protection with one click for extreme overclocking. Digital PWM Controller ensures more stable and precise voltage by a digital signal. Enhanced Power Design provides 2-times the power output for maximum OC potential.
  • newegg GPU Reactor GPU Reactor is the MSI exclusive design for the overclocking stability. An add-on device on the back of graphics cards provide 88% higher power capacity and eliminate power noise (ripple).
  • newegg Military Class III Components & Gold-Plated Connector MSI Graphics Cards are the only ones meeting MIL-STD-810G standard. MSI graphics cards adopt top components like Copper MOS, Hi-c CAP, Golden SSC, and Dark Solid CAP to ensure the best stability and quality - giving you the highest quality and longest lifetime. MSI Lighting graphics cards adopt Gold-Plated Connectors to provide better signal transmission and rust protection. It will maximize display connectivity and expand the lifetime of your graphics card.
  • newegg Twin Frozr IV Twin Frozr IV thermal solution provides exceptional cooling performance you can rely on for comfortable gaming - even under extreme load levels. Propeller Blades provide 20% more airflow to enhance thermal performance. Dual form-in-one heatsink provides better heat dissipation and strengthens the structure. Dust Removal technology keeps dust out for optimal cooling performance and the best thermal conditions. It's the best choice for gamers and OCers.
  • newegg 3X3 OC Kits Triple Overvoltage: adjust the voltage of GPU, memory, and PLL to unleash the potential of this 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 at peak load.
  • newegg Afterburner In partnership with 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/11/2014 11:06:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFast, but issues with artifacts

Pros: This card is fast. I haven't even tried overclocking it, and it eats up every benchmark and game I've tried so far.

Cons: I've had problems with artifact. Not lots, but some every now and then. Probably about half an hour into most gaming sessions, artifacts start showing up and make the game unplayable after about 3 minutes. I have to quit the game, restart it, and the problem goes away. I guess this is bearable, but it's not really acceptable quality, I think I'll probably end up RMAing the thing.

Other Thoughts: This problem probably shouldn't steer you away from this card though, it is extremely powerful.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • xuehao z.
  • 12/11/2013 9:35:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOne of the fans died within 3 months and horrible support

Pros: When it worked

Cons: After a few months I noticed my video card was always running at high temperature and fans were making really loud noises. I opened the case up and noticed one of the fans was not spinning.

Called MSI motherboard and VGA support and asked for a replacement fan, Some guy barely speaks any English picks up and said they can't do it. No cross shipping either and only way is sending in the video card after filling out some website form and waiting for the replacement, Which takes over 10 business days according to them.

Other Thoughts: Customer support is a joke.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or the back of VGA card, eg 602-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Ryan S.
  • 9/26/2013 7:29:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's full of stars......

Pros: I'd been wanting this card for my MSI Z77 MPOWER I bought in January. I finally got this 2 weeks ago.

I'm coming from a Radeon 5750, so this card is beyond amazing to me. I got Tomb Raider, Saints Row IV, and DmC from the Never Settle Bundle (everything else I already had from Steam sales...). This card chews them up like it's nothing.

The fan shroud is metal, not plastic.

It is very quiet. My PC is right by me and when I have everything running full-tilt, I can hear my ceiling more than the PC.

Some people say the card is heavy and kind of sags when install. Well, it is heavy, but I see no sign of any sagging as of yet.

Cons: Very pricey for a 7970 Ghz Edition

Soon to be replaced by the R9 280X. I really hope MSI has Lightning editions in the pipeline for the new Radeon cards!

No dual-link DVI which rules out using those ports for 1440p monitors, but the Mini-DisplayPort ought to work fine.

Other Thoughts: The upcoming R9 280X is supposed to be the same card for $175 less than this.

This graphics card flat out rocks. The next-gen isn't out until next year. If you have an old card like me and are on the fence about buying it, just do it. Even as a major Radeon fan, I don't regret not waiting for the next-gen at all.

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  • Anthony C.
  • 9/13/2013 9:14:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightning Indeed

Pros: Will push out 60 fps on most games on highest... on 3x1 eyefinity with my core2 quad, on x38 chipset.

That is save for the cry3 engine I have to drop the detail down a peg or two. Unfortunately going to need another one of these to get that 60 fps on highest, or suck up for an i7 on an x78; but in the end probably both

Built like tank

the 4 displayport mini ports

Cons: it's expensive; but you get what you pay for... though that's not really a con

It's a heavy card, more burly than some mITX systems I have worked with.

ok I'll say it too, for half a G there should be at least 2 active displayport adapters. They are cheep nowadays but a year ago not so much.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 9/8/2013 2:35:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever again

Pros: None already having problems it's only been 1 week

Cons: It's not working. I want my money back

Other Thoughts: This is the last time radeon. I will never buy your products again. Stupid thing worked for less than a week. Someone told me not to buy your products and I didn't listen. Thanks for wasting my hard earn dollars and time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

Please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Jun Z.
  • 8/25/2013 8:26:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightning fast

Pros: Fast
Cool
Looks awesome with mpower mobo

Cons: Fans loud at 100%
Price

Other Thoughts: Using this card to run a 1440p monitor right now and managing to get 60 fps and over on every game I play.
When fans are at 100% it sounds like someone has a leaf blower outside my window.

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  • Josiah B.
  • 8/12/2013 8:10:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsLightning Fast!

Pros: Really fast out of the box performance. Runs at boost speed all the time. Eyefinity 6 ready on one card too. Fan is fairly quiet on stock speed. Blue LEDs on VRMs look really cool in a windowed case and the design matches the MSI MPower MB.

Afterburner software is really nice and displays important real time statistics.

Cons: - Fan can get a bit noisy at 100%, but that was expected.
- Card weighs a lot and sags under it's own weight. Not a problem as it has a nice backplate, but perhaps a support bar would be useful for some worried.
- GPU reactor (removable) may interfere with crossfire.

Other Thoughts: OC to 1200 core without any modifications. Have not tried to push it further yet, but it looks like it has plenty of room to go.

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  • alex V.
  • 7/8/2013 1:22:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice card

Pros: perfect for the price works stably at 1.2gh gpu and at 6.8 gbts per second video memery on a stock fans at full speed i think thats pretty extreme the win shows an 8.2 rating on the card

Cons: its nice

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