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MSI Officially Launches GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Card

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After quite a bit of time of rumors, leaks, and more, MSI's GTX 780 Lightning is finally launched.

MSI's GTX 780 Lightning graphics card is built to be the ultimate GTX 780 graphics card, and of course, as we're accustomed to from Lightning-series graphics cards from MSI, it does live up to being called Lightning. The graphics card is more powerful than a stock GTX Titan (thanks to its clock frequency), even though its GK110 GPU has fewer CUDA cores enabled, and half the memory capacity.

The card features a base clock at 980 MHz; the standard boost clock is set at 1033 MHz; the card's memory runs at 6.0 GHz and features 3 GB over a 384-bit wide memory interface. These numbers by themselves are good, but nothing that is particularly groundbreaking -- yet.

The groundbreaking part comes in the card's power management. The card has a 16+4 phase VRM circuit, which when the secondary BIOS is enabled, allows the card to reach some very impressive clock speeds. This is possible because, according to MSI, the secondary BIOS removes the restrictions, allowing the graphics card to reach much higher clock speeds. The primary BIOS does not enable the card's full potential. The card should be an overclocker's godsend.

Another very noteworthy point is the card's cooler. Known as the TriFrozr cooler, it features two larger black fans at both ends of the cooler with a smaller yellow 92 mm fan resting right in the middle. The yellow fan also has a denser fin arrangement.

Of course, there are a lot more points to make the GTX 780 Lightning a champ to consider. The card should start arriving at select retailers, and it carries an MSRP of $749.99.

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    nikoli707 , August 30, 2013 11:08 AM
    would like to see this card at the $499 price point, other than that, nice job msi
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    therogerwilco , August 30, 2013 11:14 AM
    Oh man, I gotta clean my monitor now
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    xerxces , August 30, 2013 12:01 PM
    therogerwilco , August 30, 2013 11:14 AM
    Oh man, I gotta clean my monitor now

    Ease up on the porn and your monitor would not be so dirty.
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    rolli59 , August 30, 2013 1:06 PM
    Nice card but really expensive and overkill for single 1080P monitor gaming.
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    Ryan Klug , August 30, 2013 1:25 PM
    Ethan's mom makes $82 / hr laying on her back.
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    The_One_and_Only , August 30, 2013 2:40 PM
    Too expensive for what should a $550 card. Lame
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    17seconds , August 30, 2013 2:50 PM
    Too expensive when the Galaxy Hall of Fame card is available for $690.

    If you own one of these, be sure to use the special version of Afterburner and also update your LN2 BIOS with the new version that allows a 300% power limit.
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    Kitsone0 , August 30, 2013 3:54 PM
    Are they even trying on the OC?
    Obviously MSI doesn't think they need to compete price-wise with others either.
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    soldier44 , August 30, 2013 5:18 PM
    Was waiting on this card to be announced back on Aug 7th but it never happened so I got the EVGA 780 classified instead and couldn't be happier. It doubled the fps in all my games at 2560 x 1600 coming from a 580. You have to pay to play.
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    soldier44 , August 30, 2013 5:19 PM
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    Nice card but really expensive and overkill for single 1080P monitor gaming.


    There are some of us that game alot higher than 1080p. 1080p is not even in our vocabulary. Stick with the 770 and below.
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    Novuake , August 30, 2013 5:27 PM
    LOL the middle fan is smaller...
    Anyway, mostly marketing, these can be done with any sort of decent cooling.
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    freedom fighter , August 31, 2013 6:48 AM
    good luck selling a card with nerfed chip, limited memories, questionable cooler and a missing ln2 bios and special version of afterburner. really i mean it. i feel sorry for msi. they should have saved their efforts for the fully active gk110 if they want to sell around $700 level.
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    17seconds , August 31, 2013 9:56 AM
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    good luck selling a card with nerfed chip, limited memories, questionable cooler and a missing ln2 bios and special version of afterburner. really i mean it. i feel sorry for msi. they should have saved their efforts for the fully active gk110 if they want to sell around $700 level.


    I'm guessing you didn't really take a look at the exact specs of the MSI GTX 780 Lightning.

    Let's recap:
    GK110 chip
    384-bit memory bandwidth
    Tri-Frozr cooler
    Dual BIOS, including an LN2 setting
    Special "SE" version of Afterburner includes sensors specifically for the Lightning's custom components.
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    BigMack70 , August 31, 2013 12:38 PM
    $770 = fail
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    24oz , September 1, 2013 3:24 PM
    Nice looking card but $750 is a lot of cash to drop on a card.
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    frankos123 , September 2, 2013 6:28 AM
    Quick question!
    Do Msi, Asus, Evga, etc try out the all their GPUs before deciding which GPU to use in their "superclocked" models?
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    frankos123 , September 2, 2013 7:16 AM
    Quick question!
    Do Msi, Asus, Evga, etc try out the all their GPUs before deciding which GPU to use in their "superclocked" models?
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    Novuake , September 2, 2013 1:10 PM
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    good luck selling a card with nerfed chip, limited memories, questionable cooler and a missing ln2 bios and special version of afterburner. really i mean it. i feel sorry for msi. they should have saved their efforts for the fully active gk110 if they want to sell around $700 level.


    I'm guessing you didn't really take a look at the exact specs of the MSI GTX 780 Lightning.

    Let's recap:
    GK110 chip
    384-bit memory bandwidth
    Tri-Frozr cooler
    Dual BIOS, including an LN2 setting
    Special "SE" version of Afterburner includes sensors specifically for the Lightning's custom components.


    Quote:
    Quick question!
    Do Msi, Asus, Evga, etc try out the all their GPUs before deciding which GPU to use in their "superclocked" models?


    Each and every chip? No, definitely not.
    They get a binned chip that is rater by AMD/Nvidia that is expected to perform in a certain way.
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    nikoli707 , September 6, 2013 4:37 PM
    i like the comment about msi saving for a full 2880 streams of a k20x gk110 chip....
    nvidia wont allow manufactures to modify any part of the titan pcb(which only has 2688 enabled) or the k20 and k20x, its against the law. but no worries, true enthusiasts have already surgically implanted the real k20x gk110 on this board and waterblocked it and are hitting some crazy numbers, upwards of 50% ahead of a reference 780 in synthetics.