Overclocking ability on the new AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is really strong and we can see some awesome gains when it comes to the memory. I think we'll end up seeing some really good pre-overclocked HD 7970 GHz Edition video cards come out soon.
I think what will be interesting is if we see someone like MSI do a second version of the Lightning - maybe with 6GB of GDDR5 and these new GHz Edition cores being used. With the added voltage, we could really see some truly amazing performance.
It will be interesting to also see what other companies do with these chips, companies like Sapphire and HIS. I think one of the biggest issues is going to be supply, though. I don't think this is going to be a product that is going to be available easily to companies and the amount of chips that companies will be able to get will be quite limited compared to what they see from other models.
This is ultimately something that we will only know 100% in time, though, and we'll be keeping a close eye on stock levels over the coming weeks when we see the model hit the retail market.
If you're going to go down the AMD path and you were interested in a HD 7970, if you've got the extra money that is needed for the GHz Edition, this is a good pick. It's going to become even better when we see some companies change the cooling on the video card if you want to wait till then.
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