Here are the specifications of our graphics test bed we'll be running with:
- Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
- 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
- Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
- Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Here's the list of cards and configurations that we'll be testing.
- MSI N780 Lightning GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- MSI GeForce GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (AMD Catalyst 13.9)
Note 1: In our overclocking testing, we overclocked the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II 3GB GDDR5 to simulate an overclocked reference GTX 780 card.
Note 2: For our reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 comparison, we downclocked the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 to reference clock speeds. After that, we run our usual benchmarks for the card, with updated AMD Catalyst 13.9 drivers.
Here's a look at how the MSI N780 Lightning stacks up against the competing cards:
For this comparison, we'll be focusing on the overclocking upside, temperature performance and power consumption. The comparison GeForce GTX Titan was also tested in all of these aspects. As such, we've streamlined our benchmarks to highlight these specific differentiated aspects. For a full set of benchmark results for the GTX 780, and the GTX Titan, please refer to our earlier reviews of the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan respectively. Here's the streamlined benchmark list:-
- Futuremark 3DMark 2013
- Crysis 3
- Overclocking (Futuremark 3DMark 2013)
- Power Consumption