MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB Graphics Card Review

/ 7 years ago

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A Closer Look

The graphics card itself is quite a substantial piece of engineering featuring two black 90mm fans and a yellow 80mm fan on top of a super-dense aluminium heatsink with seven 8mm heat pipes.

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The back has a nearly full-cover backplate to help keep the PCB temperature down. Interestingly the two columns of small metal contacts about 2 inches in from the left are LED strips that change depending on the GPU load amount. The colour of the LEDs is strangely blue not yellow.

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You can also see MSI’s GPU reactor case that houses additional power components to keep the GPU core stable under overclocked load.

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The card is verging onto a full triple slot in width. The reality is it takes up two slots but if you combine the overhang from the shroud and the GPU reactor it obstructs 4 PCI lanes.

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Along the top there are two SLI connectors for official 3-Way SLI. With some ghetto-driver mods you can enable 4-Way SLI.

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Power is drawn in from two 8 pins that sit in a recessed part of the heatsink to enable you to easily remove the power connectors.

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The bottom is open for ventilation and there is clearly some additional heatsink plates underneath the main heatsink that cool the VRM and memory chips.

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At the end you can see the three fan PWM connections and the three V-Check point connections.

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The rear I/O offers dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort for 3+1 displays, with up to three in Nvidia Surround with a fourth accessory display.

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The Lightning writing lights up when the card is on and as far as I can tell changes colour with the temperature of the GPU. You can also see the BIOS switch for switching between the normal and the OC BIOS.

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