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780 Lightning Drool Fest
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Update - Only 12 samples of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning were manufactured by MSI and the card will never go retail. More pictures of this beautiful graphics card have been posted by BenchBros (Facebook), a few of which you can see at the end of this article.

MSI is preparing to launch their latest flagship GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning graphics card which brings Tri-Frozr cooling to NVIDIA’s flagship GK110 core. The MSI Lightning Tri-Frozr has recently been adopted by the GeForce GTX 780 and Radeon R9 290X graphics cards.MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning_1

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning Tri-Frozr Strikes Thunder

Comptoir-Hardware had received a sample of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning, unfortunately the pictures were removed from the source. Videocardz managed to gather information from the source before the link went down unveiling the performance benchmarks and pictures.

The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning TI features the GK110-425-B1 GPU which comes with 2880 Cuda cores, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The card is clocked at factory overclocked specs of 993 MHz stock and 1058 MHz boost while the memory comes at a clock speed of 1750 MHz which trump the GeForce GTX 780 Lightning in terms of clock frequencies. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning comes with the standard 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit interface.

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In addition to the Radeon R9 290X Lightning, MSI has also showed off their latest A88X chipset based boards which were spotted by PCPerspective. The motherboards include the first A88X chipset based gaming board called the A88XM Gaming and the A88XI ITX motherboard featuring support for next generation Kaveri APU.MSI A88XM Gaming Motherboard A88X Chipset

Images are courtesy of PCPerspective!

MSI A88X Chipset Based A88XM Gaming and A88XI ITX Spotted

The MSI A88XM Gaming features the FM2+ socket and A88X chipset which will support Kaveri, Richland and Trinity generation of accelerated processing units. The motherboard sticks with the Dragoon style design with black and red color scheme which looks attractive. The motherboard comes with an extremely high quality PCB design which incorporates the Military Class IV components such as High C-Cap, Dark Cap and Super Ferrite Chokes to enable the most stable working and gaming experience.

The board is powered by a 24-Pin ATX connector while the socket is supplied power through the 8-Pin connector slot. The power area and VRMs are cooled with two heatsinks interconnected with heatpipe to direct heat off the board. A third heatsink is placed on the A88X chipset which features an embedded Dragoon logo. There are four DDR3 memory slots on the board capable of supporting upto 32 GB memory with frequency of upto 2400 MHz (OC) while expansion slots include two PCI-E 3.0 x16 and two PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots.

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MSI has showcased their latest Radeon R9 290X Lightning at the CES 2014 booth which features the flagship Tri-Frozr cooling and custom PCB design for unprecedented cooling and overclocking performance for PC enthusiasts and overclockers.MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning

Images are courtesy of Anandtech!

MSI Showcases Radeon R9 290X Lightning At CES 2014

The MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning features the AMD Hawaii XT GPU sporting 2816 Stream processors, 176 TMUs, 64 Render back-ends and a 4 GB GDDR5 memory operating along a 512-bit bus interface. The core and memory frequencies were not mentioned but we are certain that the card would be clocked beyond the 1000 MHz mark for the core.

From previous leaked PCB shots, we know that the Radeon R9 290X Lightning is going to feature the most power-ful PCB ever produced for the Hawaii GPU with a 12+3+2 phase power design that would be powered through an 6-Pin and dual 8-Pin connectors. So that’s alot of power being fed to the core and components which means LN2 overclockers have something of a treat headed to them.

Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX
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MSI has their hands full as they get ready for CES 2014 preparing several new products for their Gaming lineup. In addition to the non-reference Radeon R9 290 series boards, AMD is also preparing the Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX and Radeon R9 280X Gaming with 6 GB VRAM.

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MSI Preparing Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX and Radeon R9 280X Gaming 6 GB

Since it launch, MSI has been expanding its Gaming lineup with several new products such as the recent Z87I Gaming M-ITX motherboard and GTX 760 Gaming ITX graphics card. MSI is going to make two new additions to this lineup with a new ITX form factor product and a higher memory buffer graphics card for those who prefer to play on ultra-high resolutions.

MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX

The MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming ITX is the first ITX form factor graphics card based on an AMD GPU since the last one we saw from MSI and ASUS featured the GK104 Kepler core (GTX 760). The Radeon R9 270X doesn’t sacrifice any bit of performance due to its form factor and comes with MSI’s Radax cooling design which has been detailed below.

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MSI recently teased their upcoming Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition graphic card which has now been pictured in its full glory by GDM.OR.JP. The MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming edition known as the Twin Frozr 4S OC graphics card would feature their high-performance Twin Frozr 4S cooling solution combined with a non-reference PCB layout.MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC

MSI Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC Gaming Edition Graphic Card Spotted

MSI’s Radeon R9 290X Twin Frozr 4S OC falls in their Gaming lineup which was recently introduced and is aimed primarily towards gamers and enthusiasts. We don’t have any specific details on the clock speeds but its easy to say that the card would feature some sort of factory overclocks apart from its regular specifications which include 2816 Stream processors, 64 ROPs, 4 GB GDDR5 memory and a 512-Bit Bus. Power would be fed through an 8+6 Pin connector configuration and the card would be able to support upto 4-Way Multi-GPU functionality. Display outputs will include the regular Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a display port.

As for the PCB, we are looking at a non-reference design featuring MSI’s top of the line Military Class IV features and components so overclocking won’t be a hassle on this red machine. For cooling, MSI tops up the PCB with a Twin Frozr 4S cooler that’s larger than the current Twin Frozr 4 cooler featuring a support bracket, backplate and two 100mm fans with propeller blade design pushing air towards a large aluminum fin array block.

MSI G Series logo
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The gaming world has been caught into the race to the 4K standard and now MSI has taken the first step to a Mobile 4k Standard; introducing the world’s first 3K gaming laptop.The best part is: MSI realizes that the 3k Resolution would be heaven-sent for professionals on the go and has thus also given the option for a Quadro Variant.

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MSI GT60 20D-261US 3K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop and Optional Workstation Variant.

The MSI GT60 20D-261US (wow that’s a mouthful) is an absolute beast in terms of mobile gaming power. It will feature the GTX 780M and the Intel i7-4700MQ Processor, coupled with 16 GB of 1600Mhz DDR3L Ram. The exact resolution is 2880×1620 and the screen size 15.6 inch, though we have no information of the color gamut of the screen.However keep one thing in mind, such a high gaming resolution and only one Gtx 780m would mean you would have to compromise on the 60fps standard in some games (Crysis 3 at 3k with one 780m? Dream On). In our opinion 1080p/1440p/60fps is just fine for a 15.1 Laptop screen. Now onto the optional workstation variant.

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MSI has just recently released its complete combo setup of the Z87I mother board and a GTX 760 Mini ITX Gaming Bundle. They will feature around 200 and 250 USD respectively (with variation across regions). Completing the combo should cost you about 500 – 600USD.

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More Power than Next Gen in an even Smaller Package – MSI Z87I Gaming AC Mini-iTX and Mini GTX 780

The PS4 has the more power GPU of Net Gen. PS4’s Pitcairn GPU comes in at a decent power of 1.84 TFlops. The Mini GTX 760 Offers approximately 2.33 – 2.5 Tfops (The reason for this range is given below) as compared to the aforementioned gpu. Point to be noted here is that the 760 is a dedicated gpu while Pitcairn is on-die. Still couple this package with a beautiful bare bones BMW M8 casing and steam’s big picture and you have yourself a console (or as close as it can get anyway).

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We have just learned some information regarding the MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning. Not only that but its PCB has been pictured. The details suggest that the Radeon R9 290X Lightning will be an absolute powerhouse and will put to rest complaints that the 290X reference designs font fully utilize the Hawaii XT core.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning will feature 2×8 Pin AND 1×6 Pin Power Connectors! – Rock Solid Power.

The R9 290X already runs at a very high core volt (1.25v) which is one of the reasons it runs so hot. Reducing the voltage to 1.15v can yield a temp difference of 10c even in the reference design. Now it seems that lightning is focusing on power as well, increasing power BUT giving it a more stable phase design as well (12+3+2). Naturally this unlike the reference design, Lightning will actually be able to handle all the heat. Not only that this would net a highly highly stable overclocking gpu since 3 power connectors are short of overkill. If it was any other gpu then the R9 290X i would be flabbergasted.

MSI Radeon R9 290X Lightning PCBOur friends over at Videocardz actually managed to get pictures of the PCB.

MSI Mini-ITX Gaming
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MSI is one of the leading manufacturer of PC hardware and has released some great products over the time. Today, MSI showed off their new product lineup aimed towards the Mini-ITX gaming scene which has become quite an attraction to PC gamers and the hardware itself may end up well for users looking forward to build a custom Steam Machine.

The MSI Mini-ITX Gaming lineup introduces two products – Z87I Gaming AC motherboard and MSI GTX 760 Gaming ITX graphic card. Both products are built with top of the line components so they not only save space   but also deliver top of the class performance to end users. You can see brief details on each products below:

MSI Gaming ITX Products CloseUp

Images are courtesy of MSI Europe!

MSI Z87I AC Mini-ITX Gaming Motherboard – Small Yet Powerful

The MSI Z87I AC Mini-ITX Gaming motherboard is indeed a beauty at first glance and you’ll be excited to learn more on what else it packs under the hood. The motherboard is powered by Intel’s top of the line Z87 Chipset which supports the latest Haswell processors including overclocking. Backed by a strong 6 Phase VRM fitted with Military Class IV components that includes Super Ferrite Chokes, Solid C-Caps and DirectFET MOSFETs which offer top of the line stability and overclocking to enthusiasts.

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GTX 780 Ti Launched – MSI GTX 780 Ti First of Many

The new MSI GTX 780Ti ties incredible performance and power efficiency into one great product. Boost your gaming experience with a stunningly beautiful, quiet design. With NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 you get maximum clock speeds while PhsyX(R) and TXAA(TM) technologies give smooth, sharp graphics. Whether you’re playing on stunning 4K monitors at extreme settings or multiple monitors at 2560×1600/2560×2440, the GTX 780 Ti provides horsepower to drive all of today’s most demanding games. The GTX 780Ti also is ready for 3D displays and is supported by GeForce Experience which automatically optimizes your games for optimum performance.

MSI GTX 780 Ti

Cutting Edge Technologies

The MSI GTX 780Ti is filled to the brim with technology that improves your gaming experience. The recently announced NVIDIA(R) G-SYNC(TM) is fully supported and removes tearing and reduces input lag. Streaming your games to a NVIDIA SHIELD(TM) gaming console allows you to play your favorite PC game on this portable console. GeForce Experience takes the hassle out of configuring your games for optimum performance and ShadowPlay(TM) which automatically captures your favorite gaming moments. The GTX 780Ti can be run in 3-way SLI(R) configurations for maximum performance.

Radeon Logo
Hardware

The entire AMD Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R9 270X and several Radeon R7 series graphic cards from several AMD’s AIC partners have been unveiled. Each graphic card features a non-reference cooling design from the manufacturer’s and the most notable are the MSI Gaming series, XFX Double Dissipation and ASUS’s DIrectCU based Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 series graphic cards. We just recently detailed the specifications of these models, you can get more information regarding them here.

XFX Radeon R9 280X Double Dissipation

Custom AMD Radeon R9 280X and R9/R7 Series GPUs Unveiled

The Radeon R9 280X is a Tahiti rebrand but would arrive at a price of only $299. The same GPU launched at $549 and with almost two years of experience at hand, manufacturer’s would now be able to offer some highly clocked models of the Radeon R9 280X GPU to users. The specifications of the GPU are virtually the same over the AMD Radeon HD 7970 including 2048 stream processors, 32 ROPs, 128 TMUs and a 3 GB GDDR5 memory operating across a 384-bit wide memory interface. The card would be clocked at 1000 MHz at base and 1050 MHz with GPU Boost while the memory would be clocked at 1600 MHz or 6 GHz effective clock speed.

The follow up is the Radeon R9 270X which is a Tahiti LE rebrand with 256-bit memory interface and 2 GB GDDR5 memory. This graphic card is supposedly faster than the Tahiti LE based Radeon HD 7870 XT due to faster clock frequencies though the other specifications would remain largely the same however we cannot confirm this at the moment.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii GPU
Hardware

AMD was supposed to make their Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 bundle go live today and its available on a few retailers including Newegg. Those of you interested in the next generation flagship card from AMD should know that only 8000 bundle packages of the card would go on sale for a limited time and those of you lucky enough to grab it know would be able to redeem a copy of Battlefield 4.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Newegg

AMD Radeon R9 290X Listed On Newegg For $729.99

The Radeon R9 290X bundle listed on Newegg has a pre-order price of $729.99 which isn’t exactly mentioned on the site itself but rather hidden inside the HTML code as found out by TechPowerUp. Newegg usually imposes a $30-$10 tax on their products so we can come to this conclusion that the card may end up costing much more than all of us have been anticipating, $699 US. This puts the Radeon R9 290X at $50 US higher than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780. Newegg usually don’t price their products at unusual rates prior to their launch since the follow the official pricing anyways. Though the high price may be limited with the pre-order bundle while the official retail modes would cost slightly lower around the previously reported $649 range. AMD may have a faster card but they are going the NVIDIA route if they actually price it higher than the GeForce GTX 780.

MSI A88X G43
Hardware

MSI is the latest manufacturer to unleash their A88X chipset based motherboards for the upcoming Kaveri APUs. The MSI A88X chipset and FM2+ socket based motherboard lineup includes a total of ten products which include the flagship MSI A88X-G43 motherboard.

MSI A88X G43

MSI Releases A88X Chipset Based FM2+ Motherboard Lineup

The ‘Bolton D4′ A88X chipset based MSI A88X-G43 motherboard features the latest Military Class IV components and a 6+2 Phase PWM with OC Certified components that offer top quality and stability to users. The MSI A88X-G43 comes with the socket FM2+ which supports both Richland/Trinity and Kaveri APUs. Power is supplied by an 8-Pin connector while the PWM and A88X PCH sit beneath large heatsink blocks that offer cooling. The A88X-G43 features the blue and black color design which MSI has been using since some time now on their motherboards.

The A88X chipset motherboard comes with four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting upto 64 GB of memory with rated frequencies of upto 2400 MHz (O.C+). For storage options, the motherboard features upto eight SATA 6 Gbps ports. Expansion slots include two PCI-e 3.0 x16, three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and two legacy PCI slots. For I/O, the board comes with four USB 3.0, six USB 2.0, DVI, VGA, HDMI, SPDIF, PS/2, Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a 6-Channel audio jack. The MSI A88X-G43 would be available by mid-October including nine more A88X chipset products from MSI which include (courtesy of Overclockers.UA):

780 Lightning Drool Fest
Hardware

MSI has officially released the much awaited GeForce GTX 780 Lighting graphics card featuring one of the most powerful and impressive design ever built for a graphics card. The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning is equipped with the same DNA as MSI’s OC products featuring Military Class IV components and the Lightning exclusive Triple-Force architecture.

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning

MSI Unleashes The GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Graphics Card

he GeForce GTX 780 Lightning features the GK110-300-A2 GPU which comes with 2304 Cuda cores, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The card is clocked at factory overclocked specs of 980 MHz stock and 1033 MHz boost while the memory comes at a clock speed of 1502 MHz or 6 GHz effective. The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning comes with the standard 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit interface.

Those clocks and memory would be factory overclocked and would obviously be good enough to run all of the current and upcoming games cranked up to the highest resolutions. You may think that the frequencies are a little lower than what the competition has to offer on the GeForce GTX 780 custom models but the overclock design makes up for it allowing users to push past the barriers restricted by weaker PWM designs on reference and other custom models. Not to mention the cooling that’s offered by the latest TriFrozr cooler.

GeForce GTX 780 Lightning
Hardware

With the GeForce GTX 780 Lightning, MSI has no doubt got one of the most impressive and the most powerful GeForce GTX 780 design out. The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning launches tomorrow but CoolPC has got a preview ready for those who can’t wait to learn more about the performance and design aspects of MSI’s flagship GPU.

780 Lightning Drool Fest

MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING Performance and Pictures Unveiled

The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning features the GK110-300-A2 GPU which comes with 2304 Cuda cores, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The card is clocked at factory overclocked specs of 980 MHz stock and 1033 MHz boost while the memory comes at a clock speed of 1502 MHz or 6 GHz effective. The GeForce GTX 780 Lightning comes with the standard 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit interface.

Those clocks and memory would be factory overclocked and would obviously be good enough to run all of the current and upcoming games cranked up to the highest resolutions. You may think that the frequencies are a little lower than what the competition has to offer on the GeForce GTX 780 custom models but the overclock design makes up for it allowing users to push past the barriers restricted by weaker PWM designs on reference and other custom models. Not to mention the cooling that’s offered by the latest TriFrozr cooler.



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