NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Custom Card Shootout


Meet the Custom Cards - MSI & Palit

MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning OC

MSI's GeForce GTX 770 Lightning OC boasts an impressive factory overclock of 1150MHz (104MHz over the reference design) with memory also remaining at the default 7012MHz DDR. The card is one of the more interesting looking cards in our shootout, with a striking yellow and black design, topped off with gold-plated port connectors. Locally, the card retails for S$699 and comes with a three-year warranty. 

MSI's Twin Frozr IV cooler is quite similar to ASUS' with four copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU. It sports much larger fans however, measuring a massive 100mm in diameter.

The card is quite large, measuring 294 x 132 x 36mm. It requires two 8-pin Molex power connectors.

The custom PCB is protected by a backplate. The card is also equipped with MSI's GPU Reactor, an add-on PCB that holds a battery of tantalum capacitors, which further conditions power for the GPU. On the downside, the GPU reactor sticks out quite a lot, which could cause issues with SLI spacing.

Like the other cards in our shootout, ports are the same as the reference card, sporting one DVI-D port, one DVI-I port, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort port.

 

Palit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream OC

Palit's GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream OC also boasts a factory overclock of 1150MHz (104MHz over reference) with memory remaining at the default 7012MHz DDR. The card retails in Singapore for S$669 and comes with a two-year warranty. 

 

Palit's Jetstream cooler features a triple fan cooling system with two 80mm fans around a single 92mm fan in the middle. Underneath, five nickel-plated heatpipes  draw heat away from the GPU. Unfortunately, the entirely plastic construction of the cooler makes it look cheap.

The card measures 294 x 132 x 49 mm, making it slightly thicker than most 2-slot cards. It requires one six-pin and one eight-pin Molex power connector.

Palit is using a custom PCB without a protective backplate.

And once again, ports are the same as the reference design, with one DVI-D port, one DVI-I port, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort port.

 

Custom GeForce GTX 770 Cards Compared
  ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II OC Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 Windforce 3X OC (2GB) MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning OC Palit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream OC NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB GDDR5 (reference card)
Core Code
  • GK104
  • GK104
  • GK104
  • GK104
  • GK104
GPU Transistor Count
  • 3.54 billion
  • 3.54 billion
  • 3.54 billion
  • 3.54 billion
  • 3.54 billion
Manufacturing Process
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
  • 28nm
Core Clock
  • 1059MHz
  • 1137MHz
  • 1150MHz
  • 1150MHz
  • 1046MHz
Stream Processors
  • 1536 CUDA cores
  • 1536 CUDA cores
  • 1536 CUDA cores
  • 1536 CUDA cores
  • 1536 CUDA cores
Stream Processor Clock
  • 1059MHz
  • 1137MHz
  • 1150MHz
  • 1150MHz
  • 1046MHz
Texture Mapping Units (TMUs)
  • 128
  • 128
  • 128
  • 128
  • 128
Raster Operator units (ROP)
  • 32
  • 32
  • 32
  • 32
  • 32
Memory Clock (DDR)
  • 7012MHz DDR
  • 7012MHz DDR
  • 7012MHz DDR
  • 7012MHz DDR
  • 7012MHz DDR
Memory Bus width
  • 256-bit
  • 256-bit
  • 256-bit
  • 256-bit
  • 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth
  • 224.3GB/s
  • 224.3GB/s
  • 224.3GB/s
  • 224.3GB/s
  • 224.3GB/s
PCI Express Interface
  • PCIe ver 3.0 x16
  • PCIe ver 3.0 x16
  • PCIe ver 3.0 x16
  • PCIe ver 3.0 x16
  • PCIe ver 3.0 x16
Power Connectors
  • 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
  • 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Multi GPU Technology
  • SLI
  • SLI
  • SLI
  • SLI
  • SLI
DVI Outputs
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I
  • 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DVI-I
HDMI Outputs
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
DisplayPort Outputs
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
HDCP Output Support
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes