MSI HD5870 Lightning Review

Intro and Tech Specs

MSI HD5870 Lightning Review


The MSI Lightning series has long been one of the better manufacturer special edition graphics cards. Starting on Nvidia based architecture MSI have now brought the combination of the Twin Frozr cooler and pre-overclocked GPU across to the already great Radeon 5870.

We recently looked at the MSI Hawk, which was the 5770 version of this combination and today we're going to be looking at the MSI HD5870 Lightning.

Is it everything we hope for?

Technical Specifications

Graphics EngineATI Radeon HD5870
Bus StandardPCI Express x16 2.1
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Size1024 MB
Memory Interface256bit
Core Clock Speed900 MHz
Memory Clock Speed4800 MHz
DVI Output2
D-SUB Output2 (optional via DVI to D-Sub)
HDMI Output1
HDCP SupportYes
Dual-Link DVIYes
HDMI SupportYes
Maximum Display Resolution3x 2560x1600
DirectX SupportVersion 11
OpenGL SupportVersion 3.2
Crossfire SupportYes
Card Dimensions 277x126x36mm

ATI Eyefinity
ATI Stream
40nm Process
GDDR5 Technology
2nd Generation TeraScale Engine
Windows 7 Support
Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
Accelerated Video Transcoding
HDMI 1.3
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
ATI PowerPlay Technology
ATI Avivo Technology Enhanced UVD 2


Quite an impressive list with a healthy overclock on the core up to 900MHz the MSI Lightning should give us good "out the box" performance.

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Most Recent Comments

12-04-2010, 11:16:53

Is that a 2-pin fan header on top of the card where the PCB sticks out?Quote

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