HD 7970 Lightning BOOSTED Edition 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

  • Core: 1150MHz
  • Memory: 3072MB 6000MHz GDDR5
  • Stream Processors: 2048
  • DirectX 11.1 Support
  • ATI CrossFireX Ready
  • ATI Eyefinity
  • ATI Stream
  • ATI Avivo HD
  • ATI HD3D Technology
  • 3 Year Warranty
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Stock Code: GX-181-MS

EAN: 4719072274979

MPN: V278-018R

Manufacturer: MSI

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HD 7970 Lightning BOOSTED Edition 3072MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card


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

Graphics Engine ATI Radeon HD 7970
Interface PCI Express x16 3.0
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size(MB) 3072
Memory Interface 384 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz) 1070
Boost Clock Speed(MHz) 1150
Memory Clock Speed(MHz) 6000
DVI Output 2 Mini DisplayPort 4
HDCP Support Y
HDMI Support Y
Display Output (Max Resolution) 2560x1600
DirectX Version Support 11
OpenGL Version Support 4.2
CrossFire Support Y
Card Dimension(mm) 305x135.5x40mm
Warranty 3 Year

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Average customer rating

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The Best

I have Titan under water cooling but Crossfire of these two cards is my favourite and when i like to run some game, this is the right weapon. Currently using MSI afterburner 3.0.0 Beta 15 to juice up my cards.
Easy Overclock to 1300Mhz core clock and 1800Mhz Memory, 3570k at 4.6ghz and my crossfire gives me 190Fps in BF4 on Ultra at 1920x1080 resolution
Need to get them under water for absolute silent running but don't get me wrong. They are much quieter than another cards. They become loud when temps reach 80c but if you don't overclock them it is not possible. Whatever i tried on stock clocks (1150 core, 1500 mem) they wont get above 70c


Awesome card but...

Just purchased this to replace my gtx 570 which has been a very good card from the last 3 years. after installing the card and the catalyst driver my windows 8 always crashed i know i used all procedure to erase the old drivers with sweepers and getting the newest (beta including) and even some old drivers from amd but still crashes. It does work on windows 8 own drivers on BF4 weird. Can't fault the card i like the slim design and quietness Just don't like amd drivers. Ill truly will miss nvidia's geforce experience program.



what a card this baby looks cool runs cool & well overclock able it totally kills my old msi 6970 lightning, and a fantastic service from overclockers 10/10


Solid Performer, Excellent Extras

First Off this card is a great all round performer. I have tried a few games World of Tanks, Star Wars - The Old Republic, Diablo 3, Planetside 2, World Of Warcraft and several more. The Performance was solid with everything maxxed out at 2560x1440 (Hazro 27") I have seen no slow down below 50 fps in anything I have thrown at it on stock clocks/voltage. The Card has been inaudible over my case fans (NZXT Phantom 630) on thier medium setting.

The Bundled Mouse is actually a very good gaming mouse. I retired my Very Tired Razer Lachesis and I found this to be a good replacement. The Overclockers Mat finishes of the Set brilliantly.

Would I buy this lot today, no I would wait for the next gen now but If this bundle goes on special for anything below


AWESOME Graphics Card..

This card is absolutely amazing, will run anything I throw at it at maximum resolution & stays very quiet as well, should be future proof for me for the next couple of years... buy it, you will not be disappointed... thank you for the Haribo :) Also enjoying the free Corsair M65 mouse... keep up the good work


Intermittent Problems

I purchased this card a few months back, I started to get screen flicker and artifacts, driver crashes etc, ocuk were great and replaced the card.

I received the replacement a few weeks ago and I still have the screen flickers, I also got random driver crashes.

I did some research and it appears the screen flicker is a common problem on the lightning BE. MSI support was useless, they told me to contact the place of purchase.

At the moment the second card is at ocuk being tested, once tested faulty I'll get a refund and buy a Matrix Platinum or a 680.

The service from OCUK has been excellent.

Zaim 2013-02-20


Great card, I had a few diff 7970's, I had the Limited Ed Asus Matrix OC which took up three slots, all which went faulty within weeks. Cheers Asus. Runs games maxed out, trust me on that.

Now I have this MSi Card, It is Awesome! (Thanks for the great service OverClockers), And it only takes up two slots, which means later on I can add another two cards, But really it can get kinda loud, but who cares when you have games blazing out of the speakers, btw farcry3 most demanding gets to about 61 degrees, the card makes sure it doesnt get too hot, so if your a newb, good news.

No need to overclock, its already overclocked, you CAN overclock more, but whats the point really..

Another great purchase from my favorite PC component supplier overclockers.

The only bad point is I didn't get any haribo with this one, unlike the rest.

Tom 2013-02-08

Great card

Great card apart from being so long i had to bend my case from the inside to get it to fit (Antec 300)

I have this in Crossfire with a XFX 7970 and they love each other :)

PS..Thanks for the sweats OcUK, Love ya xx

Ur round next (OcUK forums) 2013-02-07

Awesom but costly

I love this card maxing pretty much eveyry game i currently play at 2605x1440. i am looking to get another but at the current price i just can t see it happening so i shall wait for a sale again.

oh also mines sits happy at 1325 core clock and 1750 memory never hits 70 degrees.

jonathan conn 2013-02-02

Worthy upgrade!

Was really considering if I should upgrade or not from my Sapphire HD5970 or maybe wait for the release of the HD8970 this year, especially after reading reviews where it appears there is little performance gain if going from a 5970 to a 7970. Paired with an OC'ed Ivy i5 This thing chews up and spits out anything thrown at it, including Battlefield 3, on ultra with eyefinity 5760x1080 with framerates that never dip below 45fps and sometimes frequent around the 70fps mark! Farcry 3 also with similar performance! Single screen gaming also unbelievable! Battlefield 3 never below 60fps. Ever. Very good value for money for this card, considering 8970 is probably going to be a pricey bit of kit when it drops. Excellent, Excellent service from Overclockers UK as always, keep up the good work guys!!!!

Cryptofrog 2013-01-23

7970 lightning - great card

Very quiet, silent actually most of the time. I've heard the fans come on a few times after a few hours of gaming, but still very quiet. Quietest card I've owned.
Very quick card, overclocks really well 1250/7500 on stock voltages, not that it's required as its fast at the ocuk setting. Temps very low, 65 degrees is the highest I've seen after running 3dmark11 extreme settings whole suite. Gaming not seen over 50 degrees much. Check the DVI port issues, apart from that an awesome card.
Service great from ocuk as usual.

Brandon 2013-01-20

Best Yet

A very nice design, brilliant cooling (highest I have seen is 59C in BF3 @ on ultra!) and yet I do not find the fans noisey at all as mentioned in some reviews, but I came from dual 6990's which were like hair driers...

Very smooth game play and (at the moment atleast) solid driver support from AMD with the neversettle beta drivers.

With a totally custom cooling design, complete with striking design and fans that run in reverse at startup to "de-dust itself", to blue LEDs on the board indicating gpu load, its a card meant for enthusiasts.

By far the best made, and prettiest card I have owned with very solid materials - none of this stock plastic cr@p, it feels like it's worth the price (and it is!)

Thank you MSI, thank you OcUk!

Ricky 2013-01-06


Great card running my 2560x1440 monitor with ease all games run perfect

james moore 2013-01-05

MSI = Class

I remember taking delivery of the MSI gtx 570 twin frozr3 PE in march this year and thinking wow it doesn't get much better than this. That was until this monster arrived at the door.

The box is stunning and the card is a thing of beauty. If you're going to pay nearly

chris 2013-01-01

Very good

This card got me over 8,000,000 PFS in Pong. However, when I turned the fans up to 100%, my case grew wings and flew away!!!!!11! It then killed an old man as the fan went loose and cut off a cat's legs so we move him in a wheelbarrow now. The overvolting features broke a nearby power station and electrocuted the cat in the wheelbarrow who passed away. Luckily, as it flew away, I got a stunning and stellar 10 PFS in MSI Afterburner. Be very careful about using this card as it is known to cause lightning strikes. MSi also includes in the drivers lot's and lot's of homemade spaghetti, which caused me a lot of problems when trying to turn on the system as the spaghetti made the GPU overheat.
The only problem I have with this card is it runs minesweeper at 30FPS, which is completely unacceptable.

Overall, I give it a 5 out of 500 because it's really bad. GOOD DAY SIR.

McFligglebottom 2012-12-29

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