Wednesday, July 10th 2013

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Release Date Surfaces

MSI posted a reveal trailer (yeah, we have those for graphics cards now) for its flagship GeForce GTX 780 Lightning graphics card. In addition to the highest factory-overclock among MSI's ranks (currently held by the GTX 780 Gaming Series), the card reportedly features redundant BIOS, and a feature that lifts various BIOS-level limits, protections, or fail-safes. If we understand this correctly, the GTX 780 Lightning should be among the first GK110-based graphics cards to feature over-voltage beyond NVIDIA's limits. Very little is known about the card's design, but given that MSI's new TwinFrozr IV cooling solution leaves GTX 780 Gaming Series with overclocking headroom, and runs cool enough, it wouldn't surprise us if MSI sticks to that cooler, albeit paint it yellow. As for the release date, MSI plans to launch the card on the 7th of August, 2013.
The reveal trailer follows.

Source: Expreview
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26 Comments on MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Release Date Surfaces

#1
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
I see what you did there with the date MSI. But that desperate attempt at getting a "0" for the 780 was just cheap...
BUT! BIOS level limits, overvoltage? The biggest thing holding these monsters back is NVidias stupid voltage lock. If this raises the limit to at least 1.25, thats gonna be awesome.
Damn shame the BIOS will never be available for reference 780's :shadedshu
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#2
Dj-ElectriC
I am doing my rape face right now, nobody can see it though...
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#3
Ghost
I can hear thunder :laugh:
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#4
the54thvoid
I'm hopeful they beef up or amend the voltage circuitry otherwise it'll still be stuck to 1.21v (which is what some Titan owners get with modded BIOS). But if Nvidia let partners use higher volts and power then it will be very fast indeed.
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
They should have used this for the music on the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41dglnM


My MSI GTX560TI twin frozr oc has really good VRM's on it, 7+1 i think, and a nice big heatsink on them under the twin frozr cooler.
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#6
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: tigger
They should have used this for the music on the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41dglnM


My MSI GTX560TI twin frozr oc has really good VRM's on it, 7+1 i think, and a nice big heatsink on them under the twin frozr cooler.
I was thinking of Thunder - The Prodigy
As i read the headline, I was listening to the song in my head for a good 15 mins.
Twin Frozr cards are generally awesome, I dont know sales figures, but I'd say they dont sell enough for what they offer.
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#7
tigger
I'm the only one
by: RCoon
I was thinking of Thunder - The Prodigy
As i read the headline, I was listening to the song in my head for a good 15 mins.
Twin Frozr cards are generally awesome, I dont know sales figures, but I'd say they dont sell enough for what they offer.
The cooler on this card (thx Moonpig) is really very good, card does not crack 60c loaded, it has great VRM's, and the voltage can be tweaked, what more could you ask for in a video card.


I wonder who makes the Twin Frozr coolers?
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#9
james888
by: tigger
I wonder who makes the Twin Frozr coolers?
Msi
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#10
kkaddu
MSI rules

still rocking out on the 580 Lightnings
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#11
radrok
by: RCoon
I see what you did there with the date MSI. But that desperate attempt at getting a "0" for the 780 was just cheap...
BUT! BIOS level limits, overvoltage? The biggest thing holding these monsters back is NVidias stupid voltage lock. If this raises the limit to at least 1.25, thats gonna be awesome.
Damn shame the BIOS will never be available for reference 780's :shadedshu
1.25 would be a bit of a shame considering reference is locked at 1.212v, I mean if MSI is going to piss on nvidias limitations then thet should just give 1.3v for air and 1.4v-1.5v for water.

I would not be surprised if this comes at 1.25v and clocks poorly due to leaky chips which is understandable because the lightning is aimed to the ln2 crowd.
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#12
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: radrok
1.25 would be a bit of a shame considering reference is locked at 1.212v, I mean if MSI is going to piss on nvidias limitations then thet should just give 1.3v for air and 1.4v-1.5v for water.

I would not be surprised if this comes at 1.25v and clocks poorly due to leaky chips which is understandable because the lightning is aimed to the ln2 crowd.
1.212v reference? On reference BIOS my limit is 1.2v. Some of the newer 780's have an even lower reference volt limit.
The only 1.212v BIOS I know of is the custom OC 780 BIOS.
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#13
svl7
by: RCoon
1.212v reference? On reference BIOS my limit is 1.2v. Some of the newer 780's have an even lower reference volt limit.
The only 1.212v BIOS I know of is the custom OC 780 BIOS.
Grab this vbios and you'll be able to set it to 1.212V.

It's weird, some cards can't go up to 1.212V unless you use a tweaked vbios.
I don't like what Nvidia is recently doing regarding restrictions etc., it gets worse all the time.
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#14
radrok
Meh I'd rather use the engineering one, (which I currently use) because I actually like Boost 2.0

It makes no sense to have the card pegged at maximum clock even when it is not needed...
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#15
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: radrok
Meh I'd rather use the engineering one, (which I currently use) because I actually like Boost 2.0

It makes no sense to have the card pegged at maximum clock even when it is not needed...
Engineering 780 BIOS? Do share...
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#16
svl7
by: radrok
Meh I'd rather use the engineering one, (which I currently use) because I actually like Boost 2.0

It makes no sense to have the card pegged at maximum clock even when it is not needed...
Well, depends on your preferences. I noticed that boost is sometimes downclocking when it should not, resulting in a noticeable fps drop. I don't think that when running 3d applications the clocks need to drop at all, I wonder where Nvidia got that idea...


by: RCoon
Engineering 780 BIOS? Do share...
Yeah... never seen something like that.
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#17
the54thvoid
I think Radrok means the Titan engineering BIOS.
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#19
tigger
I'm the only one
by: radrok
yes :)
Is that the one made by TIN?
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#20
Xero717
Wondering if anyone would mind shooting me a PM with a link to the TITAN Engineering BIOS. I think I found it on hwbot but I just want to make sure it's the right one.
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#22
raptori
I just got my 2nd 680 and its Lightning :rockout: .
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#23
haswrong
$

with a 500$ price tag it would be a product worth considering. since i saw titan oced to 1600mhz, i wont probably be interested in buying. for a titan lightning on the other hand i would be willing to pay even full 800$. not more though.
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#24
skates
Is this the one to get?

I have an AMD HD 6900 series card and am looking to move up to drive my 1440P monitor, which is overclocked and stable at 110Hertz.

Is this card the one to get when it comes out, or wait until later this year for price breaks?
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#25
skates
Or would two 770 4GB in SLI be better?

This card or two of the 4GB 770?
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