MSI is teasing their flagship GTX 780 Lightning once again. This time the manufacturer shares a 3DMark benchmark result, which was obtained by Elmor.
“World class overclocker Jon “Elmor” Standström has been putting the new GTX 780 Lightning through its paces. Recently he scored some amazing new records, including this score in 3DMark11. The fastest GTX 780 in the world, by far.”
The problem with this score is that it was obtained with liquid nitrogen as a coolant, you will most likely never reach similar scores with the Twin Frozr V cooler it ships with. However, MSI never said their card was made to operate with an air cooler by default. It was designed to give the best possible performance with LN2 or water cooling. That said, if you were planning to buy it, but you are not going to replace the cooler, then you would better buy the Gaming Edition or EVGA’s Classified. You’ll save both time and money.
MSI has a special micro-site with a comparison of their GPU series, unfortunately it wasn’t updated for some time, so you won’t find the Gaming Series there. Nevertheless, it should give you an idea which segment are you aiming at.
A picture of the new GPU Reactor, which will arrive in black color rather than blue known from previous Lightning models, was also posted recently.
The GPU Reactor is a power supply module which, when installed on the back of the GPU, reduces power supply noise and improves overall overclocking stability. You may remove the GPU Reactor, but if you do, then it’s worth asking yourself why did you buy Lightning in the first place.
We will have the MSI GTX 780 Lightning pictures prior to the official announcement, so if you’re interested then check back next week for more Lighting news.