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MSI R6970 Lightning 2GB
Date 29th March 2011
Author DiGiTaL MoNkEY
Editor James "Agg" Rolfe
Manufacturer MSI


Test Setup:
Today's test system consists of the hardware listed below, and as with all good testing a clean install is used and the latest Windows Updates are applied. The applications and games used in today's tests are the latest of what was available at the time of this analysis - links to demos and free trials are provided when applicable.


MSI's HD 6970 Lightning features a default core clock of 940 MHz (880 MHz reference) and memory running at 2750 MHz (5500 MHz effective). Overclocking allowed us to increase the core to 1040 MHz and memory to 3150 MHz (6300 MHz effective) making use of core voltage adjustments present in MSI's own Afterburner software. Default specifications as displayed by GPU-Z are on the left, while overclock settings and details are on the right.

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Game Benchmarks:
We have compiled a list of popular and graphically challenging games which include titles utilising Microsoft's DirectX 9, 10 and 11 API's for testing today; tested in 1920x1200 and 1680x1050 resolutions that are most commonly used by gamers based on Steam's hardware survey. MSI's HD 6970 Lightning stock and overclocked results are highlighted in orange.

Game: Aliens vs. Predator Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: STALKER: Call of Pripyat Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Lost Planet 2 Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Mafia II Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Resident Evil 5 Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Metro 2033 Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.



Game: Just Cause 2 Benchmark
Score: Average Frames per Second (FPS) - Higher is Better.
Download Link: here.




All original content copyright James Rolfe.
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