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MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning Review, Design and Testing Performance

NVIDIA has said that the new card has more cores CUDA (compared to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670), faster graphics memory, which is now running at an effective frequency of 7010 MHz, as well as technology-enabled GPU Boost 2.0, which was presented along with the announcement NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN.


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Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, in contrast to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 is based on the already well-known to us the GPU NVIDIA GK104, NVIDIA promises to increase productivity levels by 22% compared with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 and a 65% Compared with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570. In theory this is good, but leads us to believe that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 is only enhanced by modifying and overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-03None of the presentations of the new card is complete without a comparison with its competitors, and it is in this role for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 supports AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Based on data from NVIDIA, in games novelty shows, on average, 10-15% higher frame rates, which of course is commendable, but do not forget the excellent overclocking potential solutions from AMD, as well as the cost of new items that cannot be too humane.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-04Also note stated excellent scalability of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Mode 2-Way SLI, which, again according to NVIDIA, is about 80%. And, as we can see, we promise to increase substantially the same in most of today’s popular games, which is good, but in the future we, of course, the self-test operation of a pair of video cards and try to either confirm or refute this statement.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-05As is the case with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, one of the important features of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 is the presence of the new controller of the fan, which should positively affect the noise level “reference” JI. However, as you remember, as tested NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, its cooling system also was making all the noise level is quite high at maximum fan speed, as well as all the “reference” cooler turbine.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-06Since this is all the highlights, which were announced at the presentation, it’s time to go directly to the familiarity with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770, but for a start, because in our laboratory test was “non-reference” version of the video card, say a few words about the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-07As you can see, the new product is made in the same style as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780. Totally agree the cooling system and PCB design, and its dimensions. To display an image using a standard set of video outputs, which consists of a DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. The only information that we currently do not have – this data element base “reference” cards, as well as the device, its power system.

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MSI GeForce GTX 770 Review

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-08We offer go directly to the video card review MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning and begin with an introduction to the characteristics of:




MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning

(MSI N770GTX Lightning)

The Graphics Core

NVIDIA GK104 (Kepler)

Unified Shader Processors


Supported API

DirectX 11.1 (Shader Model 5.0), OpenGL 4.3



Support For Proprietary Technologies

NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA technology, NVIDIA FXAA technology, NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync, NVIDIA Surround technology, NVIDIA PhysX technology, NVIDIA 3D Vision, 4-way NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA CUDA

GPU Frequency In Mhz

1150 (1202 MHz with the use of technology GPU Boost 2.0)

Memory Clock (Effective), Mhz

1752 (7010)

The Amount Of Memory GB


Memory Type


The Memory Bus Width, Bit


Bus Type

PCI Express 3.0 x16


Max Resolution

Digital – up to 4096×2160

Analog – up to 2048×1536


Display Output Interfaces

DVI-D, DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort

Supports HDCP And HD-Video Decoding

There is

Minimum Requirements For The Power Supply, W


Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning is very different from the “reference” of the sample. In addition to the cooling system Twin Frozr IV, MSI engineers to create the video card PCB was used by MSI GeForce GTX 680 Lightning and similar element base. Also note that the card comes with a substantial factory overclocked, so the graphics core instead of the recommended 1046 MHz operates at a frequency of 1150 MHz (OC 10%), and in view of the frequency of the GPU Boost 2.0 up to an average of 1,202 MHz.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-09We propose to figure out the main differences modification NVIDIA GK104 for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770


GTX 680

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670

Model GPU




Number of streaming multiprocessors




The number of CUDA cores




The number of texture units




The number of blocks rasterization




The base rate




The frequency with the GPU Boost 1.0/2.0




Memory Bus, Bit




Video memory

2 GB

2 GB

2 GB

Memory frequency (effective) MHz.

1752 (7010)

1502 (6008)

1502 (6008)

He GK104 in its original version for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 has 8 SMX, 1536 CUDA cores and 128 texture units. Oddly enough, but we see the same thing and its modifications for the new video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 and, in fact, the only significant difference from last year’s flagship is the higher frequency of the GPU and memory, and support for GPU Boost 2.0.

It turns out a new line of graphics cards from NVIDIA little odd to place NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 has come a stripped-down version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN at a higher price ($ 750 for Ukraine and Russia), while the second place in the performance claims an improved version of last year’s flagship.The most interesting thing for us is to know exactly what the real performance gains we get from a novelty compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680.

Packaging and Content:

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-10Graphics Card MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning is supplied as standard for video card series Lightning, packaging flip-up cover, under which there is a small viewing window. On the front side, in addition to color printing, you can pay attention to the name of the video card and the manufacturer, an indication of the volume and the type of video memory, a note of support for DirectX 11, as well as the logo Unlocked Digital Power, which suggests that the video card is installed digital power system, improved element base, plus unlocked BIOS.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-11On the back of the video card is a special module called GPU Reactor, which, according to engineers MSI, can significantly reduce the ripple voltage GPU, which in theory should have a positive impact on the overclocking potential of the card.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-12The video card MSI N770GTX Lightning uses enhanced power circuitry, which comprises 12 phases. Also, a digital PWM controller that supports Active Phase Switching, which allows not only to optimize the power consumption of video modes minimum and average load, but also allows more precise control of overclocking graphics cards using proprietary software from MSI – MSI Afterburner. As we said above bit, BIOS card is unlocked, allowing to remove without difficulty all limit the voltage increase during acceleration cards using extreme cooling methods, for example, liquid nitrogen.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-13Element base cards with the concept Military Class III. Used only high-quality and solid tantalum capacitors, “gold” chokes SSC (Solid State Choke) and power transistors CopperMOS korpusirovke in copper, which again has a positive impact on the stability and overclocking the video card.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-14Separately stated that the card conforms to the concept “3×3 OC Kits», which means that the control points on the PCB connection multimeter probes for accurate voltage control during acceleration, support for increasing the voltage on the three main components of the video card (the graphics core, video memory and PLL), and the ability to monitoring their temperature characteristics.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-15Free space around the display window is reserved for the description of the benefits of proprietary cooling system Twin Frozr IV:

SuperPipe Technology:

In the cooling system video card uses five copper heat pipes with a diameter of 8 mm SuperPipe technology which, thanks to more quickly remove heat from the ground than conventional tubes.

Dust Removal Technology:

When you start the computer with the installed video card, the fans in the first 30 seconds, rotate in the opposite direction, allowing you to remove accumulated dust from the cooling system.

Propeller Blade Technology

Due to the special shape of the fan blades they generate 20% more powerful air flow, which makes the process more efficient cooling.

Also separately marked advantage over “reference” cooling system as the temperature and noise level. According to the assertions of MSI, Cooler Twin Frozr IV provides 14 degrees lower temperature and a 5.2 dB less noise.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-16Also on the back is a list of system requirements for the computer on which you plan to install MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning. On the basis of these power supply in the system should have a capacity of at least 600 watts, to be capable of delivering up to 42 A at 12 V power lines and equipped with two octal power connectors PCI-Express.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-17Supplied video card MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning includes a CD with drivers and utilities, two adapters for powering video, three adapters to connect the multimeter probes to the connectors on the PCB, user manual, DVI to VGA, quality certification and bridge 2-Way SLI.

MSI-GeForce-GTX-770-Lightning-18To display an image on the video card MSI GeForce GTX 770 Lightning provides the following set of interfaces:

  • 1 x DVI-I
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort

Given the availability of bundled adapter DVI-VGA, and therefore the hassle-free connection of analog monitor, similar to the configuration of video outputs can be named the best.