MSI GTX 780 LIGHTNING Detailed Review For Budget Gamers

Hello people today we’re gonna see how well an msi gtx 780 lightning holds up in 2021. Now All Seven Ats come equipped with 2300 and four Cuda cores with a hundred and ninety two TM use and 48 ROPS.

Now this card has three gigabytes of VRAM and a 384 bit memory bus now the 780 lightning was released three months after Nvidia released their GTX 780.

Now this card had a launch price of around 750 US dollars which was about $100 more than a reference GTX 780 at the time now the Lightning version comes with a beefy try fan cooler robust power delivery and potent out-of-the-box boost clocks now all of these attributes are quite the improvement over the referenced version of the GTX 780.

Now wasn’t too many months later that Andy had released their Hawaii based GPUs the r9 290 and 290 X and this caused Nvidia to slash their prices on the GTX 780 by about a hundred and fifty dollars don’t you miss that proper competition alright well.

The card’s power delivery still power delivery is a far cry from the reference gtx 780 which only uses a 6 + 2 phase design now msi did equip the card with a dual BIOS.

We have the option for a standard BIOS and then the second option is for the Allen 2 BIOS which allows for higher thermal and power limits.

Overclock Tuning For Benchmarking

For our testing today we’re just gonna be using the standard bios all right now let’s take a look at overclocking now the Lightning’s boost frequency is listed at 1033 megahertz but as long as it’s GPU is fully being utilized this card will boost up to 1124 megahertz out of the box.

It stays there now as far as overclocking goes aside does give the option to increase the core memory and auxilary voltages so to start things off with overclocking I raise the power and temp limit to the max and also added plus 100 millivolts.

I also raised all of the fans to a static 85 percent now regardless of the temp limit I have to ensure my temps stay below 83 C.

The core clock doesn’t start to drop due to the increased temperatures now GPU boost is a finicky creature so while I was able to get a stable thirteen hundred and six megahertz on the core.

It didn’t stick and all the games tested now when some of those games core clocks dropped as low as twelve hundred and sixty-seven megahertz and fluctuated greatly now this can be remedied by using a modded bios like the Skynet bios which removes GPU boost entirely now as far as memory is concerned.

I was only able to get 1650 megahertz and I even tried to increase the memory voltage but it doesn’t change anything now it’s a pretty mediocre memory overclock as most hynek’s and Samsung modules have no issues hitting 100 to 200 megahertz more now another neat feature.

If you’re using MSI afterburner with the lightning you’re able to monitor the VRAM and PCB temperatures and this especially comes in handy when you’re doing some extreme overclocking.


Well here listed is today’s test system and we’re still using the 5820k based PC now it’s almost time to jump into some game testing but I wanted to note that we’re testing all of today’s games at 1080p.

Here we’re using the ultra preset and a form of AAA that’s pretty much acronym hell and you know that we’re testing with Vulcan API.

Why wouldn’t we anyway the stock lightning averaged 70 frames per second and overclocked that number rose 14 percent to 80 now that’s a nice little bump in performance though this game runs pretty smoothly stock or overclocked.

We use the standalone benchmark which I’m not a huge fan of but I figured I throw it in anyways now we tested using the standard quality preset in average 53 frames per second now once overclocked the number jumped up 9 percent to 58 it’s not really a huge jump.

But on the bright side frame time delivery appeared to be pretty smooth throughout the capture now let’s mosey over to middle Earth’s shadow of war and here we use the high preset and average 59 frames per second now once overclocked the number rose 8% to 64%.

GTA 4 and that game is pub G now here we used the medium preset and only tested the game with stock clocks now we average 84 frames per second and in retrospect.

I should have dialed up the settings a bit more but I didn’t so yeah now frame times were not bad but they’re not great at the same time now.

We did see and feel some inconsistencies but it didn’t take away from the overall experience too much all right let’s keep things moving and the next game is the hunt showdown a game I find to be pretty fun yet again.

We only tested this game using the stock frequencies and we averaged 54 frames per second using the medium preset with 1x SMA and 16x filtering frame times look good with some slight evidence of micro stutter but the millisecond swing isn’t that large so you didn’t really feel it too much now this game is still early access so it’s still getting updates to help improve performance.

They’re up there pretty messy now these kinds of frame time inconsistencies with this game are kind of common from what I’ve seen but hopefully you beasts off will work them out at some point let’s keep the ball rolling with Ubisoft because the last game is Far Cry 5 now here.

We use the high priest and we obtained fifty frames per second on average now after overclocking we saw a 14% rise to 57 which ironically is the exact same averages from Assassin’s Creed origin but the frame times here are just so much better now while it looks like there is some micro stutter.

I can assure you it cannot be felt I will say that I’ve been enjoying my time with this game but stay away from faith because that chick has some wacky tabacky that will just mess you up and make you see butterflies.

Now it’s time to take a look at synthetics and first up is the Unigine superposition which sounds like something just wrong anyways using the 1080p medium setting preset at stock speeds.

We saw the lightning achieve seven thousand five hundred and ninety eight now after overclocking that never rose 13% to eight thousand six hundred and eleven and this benchmark doesn’t use much in the way of CPU.

So feel free to use it as a comparison with your GPU and next is a fire strike standard score in its thought clocks we got a score of fifteen thousand five hundred and thirty three and an overall score of nine thousand six hundred and eighty.

Power Test

Now it’s time to take a look at power draw now to test this I fired up Unigine super position and I tested the whole PC with the lightning running at stock clocks and the entire system pulled four hundred and twenty-eight watts at the wall now.

After dying in our overclock that number jumped up eight percent to four sixty five which isn’t too bad considering but keep in mind this overclocked 5820k it’s kind of piggish too now let’s jump over to GPU temps and again I use Unigine super position now with an ambient temp of 25 see the stock clock lightning maxed out at 75 C.

With the fan speed set to auto now at the auto setting the fan speeds stabilized at about 49 percent when overclocking I set the fan speed to 85 percent and the GPU temp stabilized at 72 C.

Now I didn’t record vram temps but with past testing vrm temps have always been amazing well under 70 C even when one point 4 volts applied now speaking of all those volts.

I have installed an all-in-one liquid on this card using the NZXT g10 bracket in the past now the purpose was to push the card as far.

I used something called the ribby tool which I was able to get 1500 megahertz on the core now that was semi stable in battlefield 4 and I ran a couple of benchmarks back in the day as well and performance was pretty decent but scaling would be much better if the memory could overclock as well overall.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that this chip is pretty golden but man it can suck some power at that voltage.

Performance at 1080p

  • I think it’s still pretty good you can also see the overclocking we saw a jump anywhere from 8 to 14 percent about 8 percent.
  • When the card was hovering in the mid 1200 megahertz range and around 14 when I was reaching near that full 13 hundred megahertz boost I also know that most reference gtx 780 s they won’t even boost to 1 gigahertz in stock configuration.
  • So keep that in mind when looking at these results now the Lightning is obviously is still a very viable card at 1080p but its power consumption is much higher versus.
  • Asimilar performing GTX 10 63 gigabyte now the card itself is very well designed and it’s clearly capable of handling much more than what I write it.

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