MSI Twin Frozr Gam­ing GTX 780 OC Edi­tion

Kick­ing It Up

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // JOHN LAW

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.

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