MSI Twin Frozr Gaming GTX 780 OC Edition
Kicking It Up
It’s already the second half of the year and truth be told, NVIDIA has kicked up quite a storm with their current range of graphics cards. Needless to say, Kepler has been nothing short of a huge success in the market, more specifically in the gaming sector. In fact, manufacturers are already producing souped-up versions of the latest GTX 700 series cards, and MSI’s Twin Frozr Gaming GTX 780 OC Edition is one of them. How does it stand out? Well, read on to find out.
Now, at this stage, it’s practically a given that manufacturers have already begun their magical work into making the latest line of GeForce GTX 700 Series cards provocative and just downright intimidating to the touch. That visual aesthetic, by the way, has been the driving force for MSI in their current incarnation of the Gaming GTX 780. It looks clean cut and elegant, but intimidating enough thanks to the Dragoon Gaming logo and heatsink placements.
In terms of raw power, this card came hot off MSI’s manufacturing line preoverclocked. At its core clock speed, the Gaming GTX 780 run at 954MHz. But with MSI’s own factory overclocking, the card has already been boosted by a modest 52MHz, thus bringing up the clock speed to 1006MHz. What this translates into is a fast, fine tuned piece of hardware which does exactly what it is designed for: Gaming.
We don’t have to tell you how phenomenal this card is. Throughout our synthetic benchmarks testing, the Gaming GTX 780 didn’t even flinch at any of the tests we conducted on it. On the latest 3DMark and 3DMark11, the card hit scores of 4,259 and 11,902, respectively (the stated score for 3DMark is for Fire Strike Extreme settings). During our overclocking procedures, we ran the 3DMark tests again to see if it could handle the pressure. We’re glad to report that the end results remained pretty consistent, with the card performing slightly better with a score of 4,559.
On another note, heat management of the Gaming GTX 780 is fantastic, and this was even when it was overclocked. It felt relatively ethereal, having overclocked the card and it (the card) not even batting an eye. Even better is the fact that temperatures averaged between 43-46 degrees Celsius, with 46 degrees only reached during the intense overclocking period.
The results were pretty much the same with our real-world benchmarks. On Arkham City, The Gaming GTX 780 maintained an average of 77 FPS with the highest NVIDIA settings (32x QSAA) and with PhysX on. The absolute kicker was Crysis 3: the Gaming GTX 780 cruised through the game at the highest settings possible with anti-aliasing maxed out. It maintained an average of 50 FPS, both at standard clock speed and overclocked speed.
This is one of those NVIDIA cards we truly do recommend to the community of gamers out there. It’s already been given the professional touch, so you know that when you use it, it will definitely perform.