MSI LIGHTING 5870 LISTED - are you sitting?

Dark4ng3l

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Well I have a Hawk and it was well worth the price. If I had money i'd consider one of those. It probably overclocks like a champ.
 

Hauk

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It's a beautiful card, but I'd be hard pressed to find a vanilla 5870 I couldn't take to 950+ in five minutes..
 

Hauk

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Not happy to read this stuff..

"After I removed the cooler to take the photos, I wanted to go back to some more overclocking using additional voltage. I was shocked to see my temperatures up by ~25°C. After reassembling the cooler several times, and getting largely the same result, I took a closer look (added a sheet of paper to better illustrate the problem).



It seems that the mounting system of the cooler is not designed properly to apply enough pressure between GPU and heatsink. In the factory, a large chunk of thermal paste is applied, probably with some extra pressure, that hardens out and leaves good contact. With my own thermal paste I used a thin layer, probably too thin. Using more paste resulted in bad temperatures too, because the layer is too thick. Another sign that the contact is too weak is that you can rock the cooler back and forth by applying pressure to different sides of the cooler, which affects contact."

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R5870_HD_5870_Lightning/32.html
 

alyarb

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too bad. this overpriced card would be soooooooo tempting if it weren't for the MSI craftmanship i've come to know. lol@ schmide
 
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MarcVenice

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too bad. this overpriced card would be soooooooo tempting if it weren't for the MSI craftmanship i've come to know. lol@ schmide
Hrm, I've a Lightning in the office and I'll definately keep my eyes out for this.

The craftmanship you mention though, allows overclocks of 1100MHz and higher on air.
 

The Milkman

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Hrm, I've a Lightning in the office and I'll definately keep my eyes out for this.

The craftmanship you mention though, allows overclocks of 1100MHz and higher on air.
I would say it's a good design that allows a good OC despite crappy craftmanship.
 

RussianSensation

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Daedalus685

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This smells so much like the kind of card that may as well come with a "Packaged in protective heat sink during shipping, remove before water cooling" sticker...

Though they really should have gone the extra step (that is gotten to the start line) to tension the springs correctly...

But for a $100 price premium I'm really shocked it doesn't have 2gb on it..
 

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