MSI's GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Strikes at Titan for $750

Paul Lilly

Titan-like performance for less money

Before you go spending a grand or more on Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, you should take a close look at MSI's new GeForce GTX 780 Lightning . This is one hell of a beastly card with MSI's "Triple Force Architecture", dual BIOSes, overclocked specifications, and a 20-phase (16+3+1) power design in case you want to goose clockspeeds even further. It also features MSI's Military Class 4 components.

The card itself features a GK110-300-A2 GPU with 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. MSI bumped the GPU to 980MHz stock and 1,033MHz boost, up from 863MHz and 900MHz, respectively, from Nvidia's reference design. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1,502MHz (6GHz effective) on a 384-bit bus.

Even though the card comes factory overclocked, it was built for tweaking. Along with the 20-phase power VRM, you'll find a next generation MOSFET and DrMOS 4, which is a 3-in-1 chip tha delivers more power with less components needed. Toss in the three-fan TriFrozr cooler and you have all the ingredients of a card that "gives you the power to break world records," gushes .

At $750 MSRP, the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning is the most expensive GTX 780 around. At the same time, reviews on the web have it performing within striking distance of Titan, which sells for $1,000 or more.

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