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MSI Shows New GTX 580, Radeon HD 6970 Cards

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Believe it or not, computer vendors are already hosting press conferences for CES even though the show doesn't officially open until Thursday, January 6.

Believe it or not, computer vendors are already hosting press conferences for CES even though the show doesn't officially open until Thursday, January 6. MSI was one of the early birds showing off its new products, and we caught a quick eyes-on of its high-end graphics offerings.

MSI has both offerings from the two graphics camps. First up is the R6970 Lightning, which MSI seems quite proud to brand with its "Military Class II" designation, meaning that it carries "high stability components," which MSI claims are high quality capacitors.

The R6970 has an 18-phase PWM design, along with overvoltage settings from the MSI software. As the name suggests, it has the usual AMD Radeon HD 6970 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

The GeForce GTX 580 variant is called the N580GTX and has a 16-phase PWM design and 1.5GB of GDDR5. Its custom cooler is made up of dual 9 cm fans that blow air into the company's SuperPipe design.

In fact, MSI says that its new Frozr III and Cyclone II coolers have a "propeller blade" design that can boost airflow by 20 percent.

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    buddhav1 , January 5, 2011 6:06 AM
    cool story bro
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    gkay09 , January 5, 2011 6:12 AM
    GTX590 ??
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    Anonymous , January 5, 2011 6:16 AM
    LOL even the photo says GTX 580 not 590.
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    Tamz_msc , January 5, 2011 6:16 AM
    In the picture it says N580GTX Lightning.Where is Tom's reading GTX 590?
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    blink180heights , January 5, 2011 6:19 AM
    Boing!!! instant boner! These days the cards really get hot which is why i had to take both the covers off of my 2 9800 GTX+s. Great to see this card come with 2 fans.
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    joytech22 , January 5, 2011 7:18 AM
    Must.. Have ZOMGDROOL.
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    dEAne , January 5, 2011 7:32 AM
    Military Class II designed - I got to have this card.
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    bluekoala , January 5, 2011 8:00 AM
    I don't think those battlecruisers would fit my case.
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    stingstang , January 5, 2011 8:52 AM
    @Buddhav1: DELETED!
    @blink180: You know that the airflow through the shrouds increases cooling, right?
    @bluekoala: +1
    @Tom's: Yea but...that's all the info you've got? No clock speeds or anything?
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    Von Death , January 5, 2011 9:01 AM
    Remember when hardware used to get smaller each year? These cards better get me at least 30FPS on Frogger...
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    apache_lives , January 5, 2011 9:30 AM
    lol @ "carries "high stability components," which MSI claims are high quality capacitors" - nothing MSI makes is "high stability"
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    elcentral , January 5, 2011 10:34 AM
    still no dual gpu single pcb cards when can i replace my 295?. -_- guess ill haw to wait for the next cards to come
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    kikireeki , January 5, 2011 12:24 PM
    Is it the camera angle or that thing is really gigantic?
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    vvhocare5 , January 5, 2011 1:18 PM
    This must be a really slow news week with you guys hanging out in Las Vegas. First a Micron release on SSD's and now MSI with a GTX580 card. Im waiting for the Patriot Super RAM news release.... maybe some Monster AC power cords to reduce noise on the power line...

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    belardo , January 5, 2011 1:28 PM
    "Military class design" as in gaming class, not something you'd find on an F22 or a tank or anything else that is real military.
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    tsnorquist , January 5, 2011 1:32 PM
    Someone really needs to make a revolutionary leap forward in heat dispersion. These cards are starting to look like AC units with the fans, fins, and size!
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    bv90andy , January 5, 2011 1:38 PM
    Military Class
    they sure know what slogans are hot these days. And the US Gov. sure knows how to manipulate its people.
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    snotling , January 5, 2011 2:40 PM
    dEAneMilitary Class II designed - I got to have this card.

    Well, my story may not be typical MSI quality so I won't say all they do is crap but I recently got one of them boards with "military class" components and "better overclocking" features... While it is true that the BIOS had ALL THE SETTINGS YOU COULD DREAM OF... it blew up after 8 hours of use and only 15 minutes or so of running the AMD "stability test"

    The funny part was that MSI support told me "This board doesn't support BE1100T" right of the first line of the exchange... WOW... if Marketing is going to say: "This board is tough" don't go for the "Board not tough enough" argument right away!

    Funny thing is was not overclocking yet... just running stock speed! so I was well within the powerdraw of Other 6 core parts (on auto overclock) that are supported with the board...

    Another thing I want to bring up about supported component lists that is common to all manufacturers or at least most of them: they support no actual RAM that you can buy!

    exactly, if you look at the part numbers of certified RAM for a given board, most of them are not on sdale anymore... why? because the test was made during design, 6 months later these parts have been phased out already and replaced by cheaper, better, faster and in stock new DIMMS.

    So the whole "supported" part or not, really is a stupid point to make for a motherboard maker because if we were to stick to the list, then we would just not get anything going.

    My 2 cents... sorry for ranting.
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    wikiwikiwhat , January 5, 2011 3:20 PM
    whatever, the twin frozr II kicks butt. I have a GTX470 version and its working quite nicely.
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    falchard , January 5, 2011 4:48 PM
    Its military class because shit blows up.

    However, I love MSI products. They never think about if its too much.
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