Each GeForce GTX 770 will have a maximum power design of 230 Watts, but they are made to overclock as well. As such MSI is using two 150W 8-pin PEG (PCI EXpress Graphics) connectors. Another 75 to 150 Watts is delivered though the PCI slot and thus motherboard. This should be plenty for a decent overclocking session.
Two 10 cm fans generate massive airflow for heat dissipation while remaining silent (at it's default clocks) The two form-in-one heat sinks improve cooling for memory and the power supply module as well ensure structural integrity. Some of the heatpipes are 8mm thick, others 6mm. Recently introduced is Dust Removal Technology. Fans are running in reverse for 30 seconds after booting to remove dust from the heat sinks.
So overall you are going to witness some pretty interesting stuff in the upcoming days. That's it for this photoshoot though. We need to tell you a tale or two about the GPU and the architecture. Let's march onwards.
Once powered on the Reactor module also features a few blue LEDs onboard, so when it is installed with the GPU Reactor cap in place, it has a nice blue glow emanating from it.
Also the active phases each have LED, 4 phases are active in idle as you can observe. Here we can see the card disassembled. The Lightning has a rather complex build with several layers of metal plates to make the card rigid and strong.
Once you look at the clean PCB you can't be anything other then impressed. A very clean design, you can clearly see the military class III components like the gold plated chokes.
And here we have the cooler seen from the inside. Five pipes are used all nice and thick, with the two outer ones being even 8mm. The cooler does a terrific job by the way.
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