MSI Shows New GTX 580, Radeon HD 6970 Cards

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • buddhav1
    cool story bro
  • gkay09
    GTX590 ??
  • LOL even the photo says GTX 580 not 590.
  • Tamz_msc
    In the picture it says N580GTX Lightning.Where is Tom's reading GTX 590?
  • blink180heights
    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.
  • joytech22
    Must.. Have ZOMGDROOL.
  • dEAne
    Military Class II designed - I got to have this card.
  • bluekoala
    I don't think those battlecruisers would fit my case.
  • stingstang
    @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?
  • Von Death
    Remember when hardware used to get smaller each year? These cards better get me at least 30FPS on Frogger...