The MSI GTX 780 Lightning graphics card is MSI's newest offering, targeted at achieving the highest overclocks possible. The MSI GTX 780 Lightning offers a graphics card with the GK110 GPU at its core, with MSI’s TriFrozr Thermal design. The TriFrozr design offers a cooling solution with three PWM fans that can be independently controlled. The architecture also includes an all-digital PWM control and triple level signals to show load using different colors. The overclocking features don’t stop there. Two separate BIOS chips are present on the 10 layer PCB. One is tuned for gaming performance out of the box, while the other is specifically tuned and unlocked for LN2 overclocking. In addition, the card has 16 GPU phases of power and three memory phases, and the ability to add a “GPU Reactor” behind the GPU for more overclocking stability. The GPU reactor is designed to offer up to 300% more power capacity and to stabilize power noise. The Lightning card doesn’t skimp on quality either, utilizing MSI’s Military class 4 components, consisting of DrMOS 4, CopperMOS, Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Core, and Dark Solid Caps.

MSI GTX 780 Lightning Video Card


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Product Specifications

Model Name MSI N780 Lightning
Model Number V296
Codename GK110
CUDA Core 2304
Core Base Clock 980
Core Boost Clock 1033MHz
Memory Clock 6008MHz
Memory Size 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Bus 384 bits
Output DisplayPort / HDMI / DL-DVI-I / DL-DVI-D
Dimensions 295 x 128.6 x 51.35 (mm)
Power Consumption 250 W
Weight 1488 grams


Technology Support

DirectX 11.1 API (feature level 11_0)
OpenGL 4.3
PCI Express 3.0
SLI Y, 2-way
PhysX Y
3D Vision Y



Driver CD Y
Installation Guide Y
Military Class 4 Certification Y
SLI Bridge Y, 1
DVI to VGA Dongle Y, 1
8-Pin Power Cable Y, 2
V-check Point Y, 3
MOS Sink Y, 1