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MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING tested and reviewed
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Default MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING tested and reviewed - 08-28-2013, 09:57 | posts: 21,364 | Location: Guru3D testlab

We test and review the all new MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING edition. The MSI team has been hard at work with this product, completely revamping the design, the PCB, the cooler, adding new components ...

MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING tested and reviewed
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 10:16 | posts: 3,824 | Location: The Netherlands

As i posted in another thread, this cooler has a design flaw.

The Heatpipers of the Heatsink block the ability to blow air against the PCB.

I bet if it was more open it could drop the GPU Temp by a fair bit aswell.
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 11:27 | posts: 787 | Location: Denmark

I'd love to exchange my 780 TwinFrozr Gaming OC for this card
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 14:12 | posts: 11,996 | Location: new jersey

Think i am a go on one,my dcII is capped out at 1.4v.
I did think that the lightning would have a 120% powerlimit stock but only 109
that has to be dealt with pronto.
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 14:18 | posts: 497 | Location: South Africa

do you guys think this is worth upgrading to or should I stick with my 570 SLi? BTW running at 2560x1440 @96Hz. I was also thinking of waiting for new amd cards
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 14:30 | posts: 4,493 | Location: Romania

Looks good, though I like the design on my 680s lightnings more. That beeing said I am looking forward for the "maxwell lightning", whenever that comes out. The performance boost is just not high enough for me to upgrade just yet.
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 14:37 | posts: 13,593 | Location: USA

Nice review.



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As i posted in another thread, this cooler has a design flaw.

The Heatpipers of the Heatsink block the ability to blow air against the PCB.

I bet if it was more open it could drop the GPU Temp by a fair bit aswell.
It's also tested on an open air test bench. So temps are probably going to be anywhere from 5-10c higher in an actual pc case depending on air flow.
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 14:46 | posts: 21,364 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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It's also tested on an open air test bench. So temps are probably going to be anywhere from 5-10c higher in an actual pc case depending on air flow.
Incorrect, in fact a good ventilated chassis often shaves off a couple of degrees as it creates proper airflow.


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Default 08-28-2013, 14:48 | posts: 21,364 | Location: Guru3D testlab

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Think i am a go on one,my dcII is capped out at 1.4v.
I did think that the lightning would have a 120% powerlimit stock but only 109
that has to be dealt with pronto.
I already have an LN2 BIOS that allows the power limiter at 300%. The problem however remains the voltage limiter (but that applies to all brands).

Anyway, if anyone decides to purchase and would like to try that BIOS, let me know.


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Default 08-28-2013, 14:54 | posts: 33

So these should actually stock today you think? seeing a few outta stock and 8/30 but been up all night spamming refresh haha. Just curios what your guys thoughts are
   
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Default 08-28-2013, 16:25 | posts: 264 | Location: liverpool uk

still happy with my 2x msi 780 gaming edition in sli runs so cool and Quiet and kick-ass @ 5920 x 1080 gaming ...

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Default 08-29-2013, 01:32 | posts: 60 | Location: Texas

I have never liked cards with fans that just blow the heat all up in your case like that. Yea, they work great on a test bed sitting out in the open but most people don't run their card on an open air test bed.
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 02:02 | posts: 13,593 | Location: USA

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Incorrect, in fact a good ventilated chassis often shaves off a couple of degrees as it creates proper airflow.
I usually have the opposite effect unless i'm water cooling. Then I'll use a standard case.
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 02:05 | posts: 929

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Looks good, though I like the design on my 680s lightnings more.
Agreed. My 680 Lightning is the nicest looking piece of hardware I ever bought.
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 05:11 | posts: 1,878 | Location: Dominican Republic

When this is gonna be launched?
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 06:16 | posts: 1,070 | Location: South Dakota

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If we rotate the card and look at the backside we can see two SLI connectors, so in theory four cards in quad-SLI GPU mode are supported. But from what we learned, 3-way SLI is the maximum mode supported by NVIDIA. Now worries though as quad SLI is difficult and often a maze of driver problems, Nvidia has never really recommended and actively supported quad-SLI. We really recommend to go with a maximum of 2 maybe three cards anyway.

HUH? Is this meant for only the 7 series or 780's or all quad sli in general. Never have i herd this before. I know scaling and drivers get goofy at 3 and over. But im confused. Maybe iv just skimmed to many video card reviews and never read this before. Thought quad sli was always supported.
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 08:01 | posts: 21,364 | Location: Guru3D testlab

No, I know that shortly before the 780 release Quad SLI support was pulled completely except for two dual-GPU cards.

It can be enabled but requires a modded inf.


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Default 08-29-2013, 10:34 | posts: 21,364 | Location: Guru3D testlab

For those getting this card:


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Default 08-29-2013, 11:15 | posts: 1,377 | Location: Inside My Thoughts..

Another kickass(2) review Hilb. Enjoyed!

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Default 08-29-2013, 11:24 | posts: 2

How does this compare to the EVGA 780 Classified? Looks like these two cards are designed to compete with each other.
   
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Lightning has 20 phase pwm
Classified has 14 phase pwn

Classified has better cooler depending on who you ask.

Other than that, there really is no difference between the 2.
   
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Default 08-29-2013, 13:22 | posts: 1,377 | Location: Inside My Thoughts..

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Lightning has 20 phase pwm
Classified has 14 phase pwn

Classified has better cooler depending on who you ask.

Other than that, there really is no difference between the 2.
Well, if we take Hilbert's reviews as an indicative, then Lighting@Load its at 75'C while the EVGA 780 SC ACX is sitting at 65'C! Even the Palit 780 SJS is at 65'C?
And I have been reading the Classy cooler is a bit better too than the ACX.

So unless something's wrong, the cooler on the Lighting is actually not that good/bad for a custom one?

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Default 08-29-2013, 15:53 | posts: 9,266 | Location: UK

Pricing needs sorting, as you can get the much faster 7990 for around 100 less here in the UK.
   
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Pricing needs sorting, as you can get the much faster 7990 for around 100 less here in the UK.
Little? 799 is damn rip off, lol...
   
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Little? 799 is damn rip off, lol...
I missed the price in the conclusion! 800?? Someone's smoking the overpriced-stuff as it seems.

I can get a Palit 780 Jetstream for 550 or the Super Jetstream for 565! Hell, there's a shop selling a reference GB 780 for 505!

Also MSI 780 OC, EVGA 780 SC, GB 780 OC and Zotac 780 AMP are selling for under 600.

Seriously 800? Oh please....

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