It happens. Pictures taken for a review get mistakenly published ahead of time and before someone realizes what’s happening, it’s all over the web. This time the pictures show the upcoming MSI GTX 780 Lightning Edition, a card that is a serious contender for the title of the fastest GTX 780 in the world.
Images of MSI’s upcoming GeForce GTX 780 Lightning graphics card were leaked by HardwareZone and then reposted by WCCFTech. The few pictures available show the beast in all its glory. The fully custom PCB is shown boasting a total of 20 phases of digital PWM goodness for delivery of massive power to the GPU, through MSI’s GPU Reactor module which is designed to filter out electrical noise for a more stable GPU at high overclocks. Power is delivered to the card by dual 8-pin PCI-E connectors. The memory department is filled with Elpida memory rated for 7 GT/s. In addition, MSI included not less than 3 BIOS ROM chips on the card, for those hardcore overclockers. Apparently, one will store settings for factory OC under the provided air cooler, while another one is for overclocking under liquid gases. The third ROM contains a fail safe BIOS for when things go bad.
MSI designed a new custom cooling solution for this new card. The cooler, dubbed TriFrozr, features a dual-fin stack to which heat is transfered by means of seven 8 mm heat pipes. The fins are cooled by the odd combination of two 100mm fans and a single centrally-placed yellow 70mm. It appears all three fans can be controller individually through software for fine tuning the cooling of the 780 Lightning, striking a balance between performance and noise.
The new MSI GTX 780 Lightning is expected to hit the shelves on August 28 for around $800. Keep an eye out on the Front Page for Overclockers own review of this card!!