Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 08/28/2013 08:55 AM [ 48 comment(s) ]
We benchmark, test and review the MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING edition. The MSI team has been hard at work with this product, completely revamping the design, the PCB, the cooler, adding new components and yeah, to make this the a very overclockable graphics card MSI put in some extra lovin into AfterBurner as well. Wanna see how cool and incredible the card really is ? Well, then join us in this review.
In this quick article I wanted to give a quick update on the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning versus Software Voltage control overclocking. For a while now lots of people have been eagerly awaiting an update of MSI AfterBurner in which software voltage control is unlocked. With this article I wanted to digg a little deeper and talk you though the challenges and difficulties of opening up this function.
We review and test the MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning. An all customized PCB, extra features, a fast factory-overclock and that new TwinFrozr IV cooler is bound to make the Kepler GPU empowered MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning a very sexy product.
We review the MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning. What a product to look at, the R7970 lightning has a very rare design, comes with only the best components, has voltage monitoring headers, comes pre-overclocked (extensively) and allows to be voltage tweaked at many levels. To pursue Eyefinity they have made the card Eyefinity6 compatible, by use of four DisplayPort connectors and two single link DVI connectors you can get six monitors running. Though realistically nobody does that as you have that ugly bezel from left to right smack down in the middle of you field of view. There's another feature though, to give the product a little more 'niche' MSI implemented a small add-on board that is called a GPU-reactor which functions as a power supply module which, when installed on the back of the GPU.
When we tested the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning from MSI roughly a month ago, we stated that the product might become product of the year, it really is that good. But little this I know about an Xtreme edition that MSI still had in the works. Armed with color changing fans and 3GB of memory MSI raises the bar once again.
We test and review the MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning. MSI peeked at the NVIDIA reference GeForce GTX 580, then took the GeForce GTX 580 GPU, and threw the rest away. They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new Twin Frozr III cooler.
We'll review the R6970 Lightning, the most high-end single GPU based product in the enthusiast lightning series. Pre-clocked at 940 MHz you can actually take the product towards 1 GHz fairly easy with the help of AfterBurner software that allows the full spectrum of voltage tweaking on GPU and memory. The end result as stated, surprised even us. This is just a really nice card with a lot of features, extra's and it just oozes with build quality.
We review the MSI GeForce GTX 480 Lightning. And even at GPU level MSI tries to tweak a little by applying a factory overclock on it. We spot a custom PCB, specific component usage, a bucket load of VRM phases and Twin Frozr cooling. This Mc Daddy of graphics cards.
We test the MSI R5870 Lightning. The MSI R5870 Lightning is from ground up a custom board design. I mean literally; the only thing original on that graphics card is the GPU from ATI and even on the GPU MSI tries to tweak a little. Custom PCB, specific component usage, a bucket load of VRM phases (15 phases) and Twin Frozr II cooler. This Mc Daddy of graphics cards should be ready for some good overclocks. What will also be of interest are V-Check points that allow you to check GPU and memory voltage, and a series of twelve LEDs on the rear of the card showing active vGPU power phases.
Think of the most extreme GeForce GTX 275 you can think off. yeah, MSI designned it. Check out some of the N275GTX Lightning features: Custom design PCB, high-quality chokes and capacitors, Twin Frozr II cooling solution, voltage monitoring points, 10 power phase design, doubled up memory at 1792MB , and yes .. even more. Be sure to read this review.
MSI has released two new GeForce GTX 260 video cards. The first one being the MSI N260GTX Lightning, and the second one a N260GTX Lightning Black Edition. These probably are the most feature rich GeForce GTX 260 videocards you can find on the web. First off, MSI N260GTX Lightning has twice the standard GeForce GTX 260 GDDR3 memory summing up to an incredible 1792 MB, and then utilizes a Twin Frozr cooling with heatpipes, dual slot heatsink and two big fans. The card design is Phase PWM, with 8 phases are reserved for the GPU and 2 phases for the memory. Furthermore, this graphics card has important overclocking features like V-Check points to measure the voltage.