MSI’s Geforce 700 series has so far covered the Gaming and Power Editions, as well as offering cards with the venerable TwinFrozr cooler. But what’s been sorely lacking is a Lightning version of Nvidia’s fastest Geforce 700-series card, the GTX780. Well if you’re waiting for one, it looks like you’ll have to wait until 7 August 2013.
A new video shown on MSI’s Youtube channel shows the words “I can hear Thunder” over a very long and foreboding dark road and then flashes up the date with the numbers 7, 8 and 0 highlighted in yellow, leaving no doubt that it is the Lightning that’s launching on that day. MSI has confirmed to MyGaming that the GTX780 Lightning will also be available to gamers and enthusiasts in South Africa
The GTX780 Lightning will be one of the fastest cards MSI will ever produce. All Lightning variants have custom designs and typically allow much more voltage and tweaking than anything from the ASUS Direct CU II family, or Gigabyte’s Windforce.
The GTX680 Lightning was the fastest GTX680 for some time and still is used for record attempts by overclockers. However, Nvidia limited overclocking on the Geforce 600 series quite harshly, so the GTX680 Lightning couldn’t go as far as the silicon was capable of.
This appears to have changed with the GTX780. The Lightning version reportedly has a second BIOS that removes all of Nvidia’s fail-safes, features advanced voltage control and a redesigned VRM layout. It should also have 6GB of memory and will use the same cooler as the GTX770 Lightning (pictured below), which is currently available from most online retail stores. While the final design hasn’t been released, it should be visually similar to the GTX770 Lightning pictured below.