CoolPC leaked a preview of the GeForce GTX Lightning, a new flagship from MSI, the same one we were waiting for few months.
The Lightning is clocked at 980/1033 MHz, meaning we have almost a 100 MHz boost over the reference model. The slides from MSI compare their card with the Gigabyte and ASUS models. Of course their card looks much better in terms of numbers.
I have to say, the leaked pictures we’ve seen few days ago and earlier teasers from MSI itself didn’t make a good impression on me. However the new photos showing the TriFrozr cooler in much better way make me start to like it, but still, that doesn’t mean I like the yellow fan!
Nevertheless let’s talk about the features. As mentioned above the card comes with a triple fan cooling solution called TriFrozr. There are two 90mm fans on the sides, with the ugly one measured at 80mm. Speaking of the fans, we have another feature called VGA Fan Control, which is basically a fan speed control over each fan individually. The TriFrozr cooler support Dust Removal Technology. As for the cooler itself, we have two large heat sinks with seven heat pipes. The card comes with additional plates for liquid nitrogen configurations.
There wouldn’t be a Lightning without a GPU Reactor, an additional PCB designed to increase the stability of the GPU voltage. MSI took a lot of effort to make their card a premium piece of equipment, we have 16+3+1 Phase design, which outperforms every custom GTX 780 on the market.
The Lightning is advertised under Triple Force Architecture, which means it has Pure Digital PWM Control, TriFrozr cooler and Triple Level Signals (load level LED indicators). GPU, Memory and PLL voltages can be measured directly from the card, a must-have feature for real overclockers.
The card is equipped with four display outputs: two DVIs, an HDMI and DisplayPort. It requires two 8-pin power connectors. We have high quality Military Class 4 components on board. The Lightning is equipped with Eplida memory.
The leaked preview doesn’t say much about the performance, instead we have only one chart with 3DMark Fire Strike (although it says Striker) performance, where $1000 worth TITAN is 8% slower than the Lightning. In fact, it seems that the GTX 780 Lighting has no competition.
MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning will be officially released tomorrow with the availability worldwide, although not all stores will be offering the card from the very first day.