MSI R5870 Lightning review -
First up, the photo-shoot. Okay, this is the part where we move away from the technical stuff for a minute and move on to the product photo-shoot followed by initial tests on heat, power consumption and noise levels.
We'll start off with the packaging and bundle, MSI's bundle software wise is a little sober really. You need to seek the extra's in the hardware itself. You'll receive:
- One Radeon HD 5870 Lightning edition with 1024MB GDDR5 memory
- DVI to VGA Dongle x 1
- Crossfire bridge x 1
- Driver CD
- Voltage monitor point extenders x 3
- 6 to 8-pin PEG power connector converters x 2
- HDMI cable
- AfterBurner Overclock software
So as you can see, here we have the Radeon HD 5870 as supplied by MSI. Such a lovely card to look at really.
Nice black PCB, cool looking cooler with two 80mm fans and some nice connectivity -- gold plated.
We test the MSI R5870 Lightning. The MSI R5870 Lightning is from ground up a custom board design. I mean literally; the only thing original on that graphics card is the GPU from ATI and even on the GPU MSI tries to tweak a little. Custom PCB, specific component usage, a bucket load of VRM phases (15 phases) and Twin Frozr II cooler. This Mc Daddy of graphics cards should be ready for some good overclocks. What will also be of interest are V-Check points that allow you to check GPU and memory voltage, and a series of twelve LEDs on the rear of the card showing active vGPU power phases.