MSI GTX780 Lightning Review

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MSI GTX780 Lightning Review

Features

As we saw on the previous page there is a lot of metal supporting the PCB on the Lightning. So often companies focus upon dissipating the heat, rather than ensuring the PCB can also stand the strain of such wild temperatures in the first place. With a sandwich of thermal plates, alongside the optional MOS heatsink and the cooler itself, you should be able to push for high overclocks without being thermally limited. 

MSI GTX780 Lightning Review     MSI GTX780 Lightning Review  

Rather than just have three standard fans that run according to a single profile, the fans on the TriFrozr cooler are fully independent. Anything that gives additional control has to be a good thing.

Voltage fluctuation is one of the key elements for a stable overclock. When you're on the ragged edge the last thing you need is a sudden spike which freezes your system up mid-test. The Lightning has, if MSI are to be believed, the flattest ripple profile of any GTX780.

MSI GTX780 Lightning Review     MSI GTX780 Lightning Review  

Just take a moment to look at these figures. It's okay, we'll wait for you to pick your jaw up. As near as makes no difference unlimited power potential. You could probably start cooling with liquid helium and not be limited by the amount of current available. The 'Military Class 4' components that form the backbone of the Lightning certainly earn their money.

MSI GTX780 Lightning Review     MSI GTX780 Lightning Review  

Although the video is currently offline, we love the demonstration of the importance of fan design. It's not solely about moving the air about, but actually moving it to where you want it. 

MSI GTX780 Lightning Review     MSI GTX780 Lightning Review  

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Most Recent Comments

28-08-2013, 05:23:35

MrKambo
wow this thing is amazing!

cant wait till someone has it under sub-zero i wanna see what this thing can do!

Cheers TomQuote

28-08-2013, 06:01:36

Mark3Max
Very cool , I've been waiting for your review on this card.

Edit : Thanks for the review Tom.Quote

28-08-2013, 06:09:58

murphy7801
If someone makes a nice water block for this very tempted (something like the xspc on).Quote

28-08-2013, 06:12:31

WillSK
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
wow this thing is amazing!

cant wait till someone has it under sub-zero i wanna see what this thing can do!

Cheers Tom
I'm pretty sure 8-Pack has already done so over the last couple of days, breaking the Firestrike record

Quote:
Originally Posted by murphy7801 View Post
If someone makes a nice water block for this very tempted (something like the xspc on).
I think EK are making one at the moment so i'm sure wee'll see that soonish. Dunno about XSPCQuote

28-08-2013, 06:45:28

SieB
But can it run Crysis?

Will be interesting to see how many records this card will break over the next few days/weeks. Most likely all of them
It's not badly priced either, I was expecting it to be around £100 more than a standard 780 but it's only £40 more. If you have enough to spend £550 on a GPU then £40 more isn't going to be a big deal to you.Quote
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