Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 & 970 Specifications Revealed

The new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards are set to launch very soon, bringing with them a wave of features that will make them the new flagship Nvidia GPU’s. There has been a lot of speculation on the cards specifications in recent weeks, but now it looks like most of the final specs have been revealed.

The GeForce GTX 980 is set to feature 2048 CUDA cores via 16 Streaming Multiprocessors Maxwell (SMM), while the GTX 970 features 1664 CUDA cores via 13 SMMs, leaving a 384 CUDA core difference between the two cards.

The GeForce GTX 980 (GM204) is being sold as the replacement for the current GK104 hardware and since the new architecture is set to offer improved power efficiency and performance, that shouldn’t be a difficult task.

We don’t have long to wait until these cards are fully revealed, but early indications are that they’re going to be a worthy step up from the current 7xx models.

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Maxwell Graphics Cards Rumored to Feature New Turbofan Cooling Solution

After successfully announcing the entry-level GeForce 740 and the grand (and expensive) GeForce Titan Z, NVIDIA seems to be ready to announce the long-awaited Maxwell-powered graphics cards later this year.

However, with great power also comes great temperatures. This is where the GeForce 700 series, which was the first lineup of graphics cards to make use of the GK110 core, had the NVTTM cooler specially designed to cope with the GPU thermals. This also meant that NVIDIA came true to its promise of providing low operating temperatures and noise. This is where NVIDIA seems to be planning something similar for the Maxwell lineup in terms of cooling solutions.

Rumors are that the company has recently patented a so-called Turbofan design, which seems to be an Axial-Radial Hybrid fan, similar to MSI’s cooling solution found on the Mini-ITX cards. The decision to move away from the current NVTTM design is said to be made in order to deliver a balanced noise-thermal resolution to the upcoming Maxwell architecture, since the new GPUs are said to be more energy-efficient and therefore operate a lower temperatures to start with.

This however does not mean that the upcoming solution is less efficient than the current one. Sources indicate that the Turbofan is more energy-efficient, offering lower temperatures as well as operating under lower noise profiles. Also, it is not currently known which Maxwell graphics cards will feature the Turbofan cooling solution, having only rumors indicating the higher-end GM204 GPUs recently announced. Hopefully NVIDIA will shed some more light on this matter later on.

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GM204 Graphics Cards Already Being Tested By Nvidia

Nvidia is pretty good at keeping secrets, but it’s impossible to close all the holes and stop every leak from escaping. We have little idea about what GM204 actually is, but going on the current history of Nvidia hardware naming, we can safely guess that it’s a set of next-gen graphics hardware that will follow GK104, the current hardware in the newer GeFoce 760, or even the GK110 which is in cards like the Titan.

The product codes were spotted on a shipping declaration from April which was sent by Nvidia to its test labs in India, before being published on the Chinese forum over at Chiphell. According to the packaging the GM204 graphics unit features 8GB of GDDR5 memory which does suggest its a high-end gaming class graphics card, but we really no idea if this is a standalone GPU, mobile GPU, or something else altogether.

The rumour mill is working hard on this one, as it’s rumoured that GM204 could be the successor to the current GPU range, bringing around 10% performance improvements over the current generation. It’s not rumour that next-gen hardware is in the works at Nvidia, that much is a certainty, but for now we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if this leaked document is real or not.

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Titan Z Launch Delayed As Nvidia Attempt To Beat The AMD 295X2’s Performance

It looks like Nvidia has put the brakes on the Titan Z release! The card was literally supposed to launch today, but now the card may have been delayed so Nvidia can tweak its performance, making it faster than the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. Clock speeds on the new Nvidia hardware have been in question lately, no one seemed too fussed as we knew it was going to be high, but now it looks like the new card was in fact 180MHz lower than the 780 Ti, meaning it couldn’t compete with the R9 295X2.

I suspect performance wise it would beat the 295X2 in certain tests, but a bigger performance number sell hardware and Nvidia know this. If they’re going to charge twice as much as AMD  Will they just up the clocks on their card to meet the requirements set by the new AMD hardware? Who knows, but one thing we do know is that Nvidia won’t go down without a fight.

The Titan Z does of course have one thing that no other GPU can claim, a 12GB frame buffer from it’s 7000Mhz memory over a 384-bit bus, which is nothing short of incredible, especially compared to the (still very impressive) 8GB 5000 Mhz memory of the R9 295X2.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out, will Nvidia boost the clocks, change some physical hardware or perhaps lower the price? Who knows, but I sure can’t wait to find out.

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Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan Z HerculeZ Edition Coming Soon

Nvidia’s green-light program has been preventing manufacturers from altering the designs of the latest Nvidia hardware, they did the same thing on all their recent high-end cards, including the GeForce GTX 690, GTX Titan and the Titan Black Edition graphics cards. Now it looks like the same set of rules is set to be in place on the upcoming Titan Z graphics card. Fortunately there are some simple loop-holes in this system, it just means you’re going to have to get your screwdriver kit and mod the card yourself.

Inno3D’s HerculeZ cooler set to tame the beast that is the Titan Z and while we have no figures on performance, we suspect that Inno3D wouldn’t be going through all of this trouble to decrease the cooling performance of the graphics card. We suspect that Inno3D will ship the new cooler alongside the GPU, much in the same way that EVGA bundled their ACX cooler with the Titan Black, and Gigabyte bundled their Windforce Cooler with the Titan. This bundled deal does mean that you have to do some work and install the new cooler yourself, something not everyone is going to be comfortable with, especially given how these cards could cost around $3000.

The new cooler features an array of aluminium fins, with two contact surfaces that cater to the two GK110 cores of the card. There are 10 thick heat pipes in total, five for each GPU core and there is room for three PWM controlled fans (100mm/92mm/100mm).

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GeForce Titan-Z Heading To Retail This Month, Prices Confirmed!

It’s official, the Nvidia Titan-Z is ready to hit the market with the force of an atomic bomb, with an equally explosive price tag. The new flagship graphics card from the green team features a dual-GPU design, a pair of GK110 GPUs that have enough grunt to make the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics cores look like they’re made out of Lego.

The pair of 28nm design GK110 graphics core are running at their maximum in the GeForce Titan-Z, with each core featuring all of the 2880 CUDA Cores that the GK110 design can handle, this is backed up by 240 TMUs and 48 EOPS each, with each core wired to a huge 6GB bank of GDDR5 memory and a 384-bit wide memory interface, giving us 12GB of usable VRAM!

Unlike the gigantic design of the Radeon R9 295X2, the Titan-Z is air-cooled, not water-cooled, so the card does have a smaller footprint than its nearest rival. However, you’ll still need plenty of space to fit this card, as it’ll need a triple height bay to install, so no luck for those wanting to install one in a mini-ITX style rig, m-ATX or above need only apply.

Performance on this card is obviously going to be unlike anything else on the consumer market, we fully expect it to be the greatest gaming graphics card money can buy, but Nvidia’s real target here is the professional market. For those involved with rendering and other CUDA intensive applications, the Titan-Z can offer a huge boost to workflow and rendering times, but that won’t stop those with fat wallets from building crazy gaming rigs regardless of the cards true intentions.

The card ships to stores and warehouses on April 29th 2014, expect it to pop up in both highstreet and online retailers immediately after. The price is set at… wait for it…. $2,999 + TAX. My wallet just shriveled up and died.

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Nvidia Reveal The GTX Titan “Black” Graphics Card

Nvidia’s GTX Titan has been a defunct GPU for gaming for quite some time now mainly due to the high price relative to its performance, though it does still rein supreme in the CUDA development community thanks to its Double Precision support that no other GTX GeForce GPU has. Successive releases of the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti, combined with price drops from pressure from competing AMD graphics cards, have meant the GTX Titan is  obsolete at its $999 price point for gaming. However, today that changes. Nvidia have released the GTX Titan Black which replaces the original GTX Titan. In terms of the visuals the clue is in the name. The GTX Titan Black brings some black accents to the design including the wording and the heatsink colour.

At the heart of the GTX Titan Black is a fully fledged GK110 GPU like the GTX 780 Ti.  This boasts 2880 CUDA cores at a clock speed of up to 980MHz, which is much higher than the up to 928MHz on the GTX 780 Ti. As it’s a GTX Titan it comes with a massive 6GB of frame buffer and full double precision support that the GTX 780 Ti wasn’t given. This means the GTX Titan Black is aimed at both gamers and CUDA developers who want to take advantage of the massive Double Precision power. In a similar vein to the GTX 780 Ti the GTX Titan Black also gets a memory speed bump to 7GHz, up from 6GHz on the GTX Titan, and that all stays within the same 250W TDP we’re used to for Nvidia’s GK110 high end line-up.

Nvidia’s GTX Titan Black replaces the GTX Titan making it an EOL product now. However, we’ve known this would happen for a very long time because Nvidia never made any attempt to bring the price of the GTX Titan down despite the launches of much better cards from within their own camp and outside it undermining the GTX Titan. As you might expect the GTX Titan Black retains the same eye-watering $999 price point, but if you want the best of the best that’s the price that has to be paid!

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GTX Titan Black Pictured, Not Actually That Black

Over at they’ve managed to scoop some pictures of the upcoming GTX Titan “Black” graphics card from Nvidia. As the name hints the GTX Titan Black was expected to be a black variant of the original GTX Titan….. but strangely enough the pictures reveal it isn’t actually that black at all. The GTX Titan Black (pictured immediately below) comes with the TITAN written in black and what appears to be blackened aluminium heatsink fins beneath the glass window. If we compare that to the original GTX Titan (pictured immediately above) we can see the differences are noticeable, but not that significant.

What is more interesting is that the GTX Titan Black, based on earlier rumours, was expected to look like the black GTX Titan shown below. However, that rumour was apparently just a rumour because the newest pictures suggest otherwise. While nothing has been confirmed the GTX Titan Black is expected to be a fully featured GK110 GPU (just like the GTX 780 Ti), except it comes with the bonus of 6GB of GDDR5 (instead of 3GB on the GTX 780 Ti) and it also comes with full Double Precision performance, something that has been removed from the GTX 780 Ti. Pricing is expected to be at the $999 just like the current GTX Titan (which may take a tumble in price or be discontinued once Nvidia release the GTX Titan Black).

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MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB Graphics Card Review


MSI’s GTX 780 Lightning was a graphics card that was hotly anticipated by the graphics card enthusiasts of a green persuasion. Announced about 3 months ago the MSI GTX 780 Lighting is a feature packed Nvidia graphics card with seven 8mm heat pipes, three fans and a mammoth heatsink. Two of the fans are 90mm while the middle one is 80mm. The MSI GTX 780 Lighting comes with a pretty nice out the box clock speed of 980/1033MHz core/boost and is much faster than the stock GTX 780 which has speeds of 863/900MHz core/boost. Sadly the memory doesn’t get any special treatment and comes with the stock amount at the stock speed of 6GHz. MSI have made some very high-end adjustments to the power delivery system removing Nvidia restrictions, adding a 16 phase VRM and providing an independent memory power source. MSI have also equipped their “GPU reactor” on the rear of the card to provide additional filtering for the power input which should increase stability when overclocking.

A second BIOS is provided too to allow you to go forth and overclock until your heart’s content. If you stuff things up then you always have the original BIOS to fall back onto to fix the second one. As always we’ve got the usual marketing bonanza about the quality of the components – Military Class 4 is the short version. The longer versions is that it satisfies Military Standard 810G, has DrMOS 4, a double-sided CopperMOS thermal, Tantalum Hi-C Cap cores, polished surface Super Ferrite Chokes (SFCs) and corrosion proof Dark Solid CAPs. For the extreme overclocker there is the ability to measure GPU, memory and MOSFET temperatures as well as adjust GPU, memory and PLL voltages. Three V-Check point cables are provided to allow for a multi-meter connection to the card for more accurate voltage monitoring.

To top everything off MSI provide their own exclusive VGA fan control software designed only for this graphics card. It gives you the ability to control each of the fans independently or allow it to be controlled automatically by PWM controls as each fan has its own PWM connection.

MSI’s packaging bares the slogan “built to be perfect”, talk about blowing your own trumpet! All we can say is the bar is set high so let us hope it delivers.

The back details the key features more, of course its a bit small to read so for the full details you can check the product page on the MSI website.

Inside the box there is an elaborate accessory draw in which is a black SLI bridge, DVI to VGA adapter (why oh why), a set of screws, a MOS heatsink with thermal pads, three V-Check point cables, a quick user’s guide, certificate of qualtiy & stability and a driver CD.

Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition 3GB Graphics Card Review


With AMD’s R9 290 coming in at a price point of $399 Nvidia’s GTX 780 has been put under pressure at its $499 price point since the R9 290 more or less beats it for 100 dollars less. Nvidia was already on the defensive from the release of the R9 290X, forced to drop the price of its GTX 780 down from $649 to $499, but with the release of the R9 290 at a much lower price than expected the GTX 780 is surely due another price cut? Well Gigabyte aren’t hanging around for that to happen and they are instead doing something a bit different by making a GTX 780 “GHz Edition”. Yes you heard that right, a GHz Edition – that notorious AMD phrase which AMD used on the HD 7970 GHz Edition and HD 7870 GHz Edition. Gigabyte’s interpretation of a GTX 780 “GHz Edition” is taking the GTX 780 GPU and overclocking it from the stock 863MHz on the core and 900MHz on the boost, to 1020MHz on the core and 1072MHz on the boost. That’s a whopping 19% overclock compared to a stock GTX 780!

What else they’ve done with it isn’t that dissimilar from their GTX 780 WindForce OC we reviewed only a few weeks ago. They’ve slapped on their same impressive performing triple fan WindForce 3X cooling solution and to give it something a little bit special they’ve also put a rather suave looking backplate on. Of course Gigabyte’s modifications mean the price is going to go up a little, but only 10%, and that’s in return for a guaranteed 20% overclock, custom cooler and a backplate – sounds like a good deal to me!

Our particular sample came straight from Gigabyte HQ in Taiwan so it is nothing but a plain Gigabyte press box.

Inside we find the graphics card and absolutely nothing else. Of course the final retail version will be bundled with the usual accessories and the three games involved in the current GTX Bundle promotion which the GTX 780 is eligible for if bought at participating retailers (Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist and Batman Arkham Origins).

Nvidia GTX 780 Ti 3GB Graphics Card Review


Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti graphics card popped up unexpectedly by Nvidia’s normal standards of meticulous planning, very much in a similar way to the arrival of the GTX 650 Ti Boost. The GTX 780 Ti was announced around the buzz of AMD’s R9 290X graphics card release, as a direct response, much like the GTX 650 Ti Boost was released at short notice to fend off competition from the HD 7790. The GTX 780 Ti we have here today certainly isn’t a modest GPU by any stretch of the imagination with Nvidia boldly claiming the title of “the fastest GPU in the world”. Let’s be frank though, for a price of $699, compared to the $549 AMD charges for its R9 290X, you’d certainly hope that the GTX 780 Ti was the fastest GPU in the world because you are paying top dollar for it – 27% more by my calculations. Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti is hoping to encapsulate all the latest cutting edge features and technologies from Nvidia including GPU Boost 2.0, G-Sync support, 4K capability, GeForce experience, the GameWorks program, Nvidia ShadowPlay and much more.

First let’s start off with the raw specifications and straight away we can see the GTX 780 Ti is set to be a stronger performer than the GTX Titan. It features more of everything with the entire GK110 GPU enabled – yes that’s right every single SMX unit on the GK110 die is enabled allowing for the maximum 2880 CUDA cores giving the GTX 780 Ti some crazy performance potential. It also boasts higher clocks than the GTX Titan and so we can expect to see it be a much stronger performer than the GTX Titan, the only reason you’d buy a GTX Titan now is because it is the only consumer grade graphics card that comes with 6GB of VRAM as standard – that said you can pick up 6GB versions of AMD’s HD 7970/ R9 280X (like Sapphire’s Toxic variant) but of course the HD 7970 has nowhere near the power of the GTX Titan or the GTX 780 Ti. Looking back at speculation we saw earlier this year the GTX 780 Ti is essentially the GTX Titan Ultra that everyone was expecting to see.

Just to recap those specifications again with a little look in GPU-Z and you can see 2880 shaders, 336 GB/s of memory bandwidth, 48 ROPs, 240 TMUs, 3GB of GDDR5 across a 384 bit memory interface, a 42 GPixel/s fill rate and a 210.2 GTexel/s fill rate.

Just in case you needed to see those figures again but with some added “marketing spice”, here you can see it all below. Those 2880 CUDA cores equate to 25% more than the GTX 780.

Like AMD’s “Gaming Evolved” program Nvidia’s answer to that is its “GameWorks” program which includes some top tier titles like Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Call of Duty Ghosts.

Nvidia is continuing to push its GeForce experience which is being revamped daily as Nvidia’s software engineers improve the software with a wider range of hardware settings and new games that automatically optimise for your particular hardware configuration.

Nvidia are also pushing their rather unique Shadow Play feature which uses the built-in H.264 video encoder in the Kepler GPU to record 1080p footage at 60 frames per second.

Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC (Rev 2.0) Graphics Card Review


By reader request we have updated our graphs to include the GTX Titan and R9 290X. The rest of the review has not been modified.

Since Nvidia’s GTX 780 hit the market we’ve only had the opportunity to take a look at the reference design card which we reviewed over 5 months ago, be sure to check that review out here, but today we’ve kindly been provided with a custom cooled partner design of the GTX 780 that we’ve been greatly looking forward to. What we have is the best Gigabyte has to offer in the form of the GTX 780 WindForce OC graphics card.

This enthusiast graphics card uses Gigabyte’s premium WindForce 450 cooling solution that has a trio of 80mm fans, five copper heat pipes and a hefty chunk of aluminium heatsink fins to offer cooling capabilities up to 450 watts which more than exceeds the 250W TDP of the GTX 780 GPU. That said Gigabyte have fully exploited the cooling capabilities and cranked the GPU up to 954MHz/1006MHz from the stock 863MHz/900MHz while leaving the memory untouched at the stock 6GHz effective throughput speed.

Our particular graphics card was provided as part of a press sample kit so came in a plain Gigabyte box with the graphics card only.

Nvidia GK110 GTX Titan Ultra Card Launch Coming Very Soon!

Well we all knew there would be something to knock AMD down a peg, and it seems Nvidia isn’t going to take the AMD R9 290X laying downing. Question is, will it be the Titan Ultra or a cut down edition of the Titan, Nvidia could either go for gold and steal the power crown or go for something mass market that could attract the mid market, either method would steam some of the thunder from AMD’s launch.

While the current Titan runs on an rough GK110, a fully fledged pedal to the metal set of GK110 cores could blow anything else on the market out of the water in terms of performance. GK110 is capable of bringing massive improvements with Double Precision, more power and it can do it all within the same heat envelope.

The card is rumoured to be revealed at the Motreal Gaming Event on the 16th and 17th of October. Speculation is wild at the moment, but current bets are favouring the Titan Ultra, with a cut down Titan in second place and the far out guess at the reveal would be something like the Dual GTX 790, although that is very doubtful.

The great war between the red team and the green team is far from over and this is quickly heating up to be quite the battle.

Which would you prefer, a more affordable and cut down Titan, or a new top of the range ultra expensive power house?

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Images courtesy of WCCFTech.

Leadtek Reveal GTX 780 Hurricane III

Taiwanese graphics card Veterans Leadtek have just unveiled their latest Nvidia based graphics card. The Leadtek GTX 780 Hurricane III is a reference Nvidia GTX 780 PCB design with Leadtek’s highly customised Hurricane III cooling solution. The Hurricane III uses a trio of frameless fans of which two are 74mm fans and the central fan is 85mm. Underneath that trio of fans is a very dense aluminium heatsink arrangement drawing heat from what appears to be four or more 6mm heat pipes.

Leadtek have opted for modest factory overclocks of 876MHz core and 928MHz boost versus 863MHz core and 900MHz boost of the reference design. Leadtek has left the memory to operate at the stock 6GHz effective speed.  One six pin connector and one eight pin connector power this 3GB GDDR5 GK110 based graphics card.

Leadtek’s Hurricane III will start selling in two days on September 20th and will be priced at a similar level to reference GTX 780 competitors.

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MSI Unveil GTX 780 Lightning

It is a graphics card that I know a lot of people have been waiting for and finally MSI have unveiled it. The MSI GTX 780 Lightning is now available and is a huge step forward at the top end of the market for graphics card enthusiasts. In terms of the basics the card uses an Nvidia GK110 GTX 780 GPU overclocked to 980MHz core, 1033MHz boost with stock 6008MHz VRAM. That said, the card has huge overclocking potential and an abundance of high end features. It boasts MSI’s newly designed high performance TriFrozr cooler and has a huge range of overclocking and enthusiast features which you can see detailed fully below.


Exclusive Triple Force Architecture
The latest generation of MSI’s GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING uses Triple Force Architecture. Equipped with a Triple Level Signals LED function, TriFrozr Thermal Design with independent fan control system, and PureDigital PWM control. The Triple Level Signals LED features green, blue, and red lights that represent light, medium and heavy power loads on the device. This ensures that players have complete control over their games or the overclocking process. 

The innovative TriFrozr Thermal Design with independent fan control far exceeds any traditional or custom cooler’s thermal performance and ensures better cooling of the GPU, memory and PWM modules. This iteration of MSI’s exclusive design builds upon the PropellerBlade and the Dust Removal Technology of the previous model, alongside seven 8 mm SuperPipes for unrivaled thermal performance. In addition, the PureDigital PWM control technology provides a more stable and accurate voltage signal than traditional designs. The PWM’s reaction time is shorter and helps enthusiasts more achieve a higher stability in the most stressful of environments.

Twin BIOS and the Enhanced Power Design Combine for Extreme Overclocking Capabilities

Twin BIOS is composed of an original BIOS and overclocking BIOS. The original BIOS allows users to obtain better performancethrough out of the box overclocking, while the overclocking BIOS is specifically designed for extreme LN2 overclocking. By removing restrictions, the capabilities of the graphics card are dramatically increased, which allows users to unlock the card’s full potential. The enhanced power supply provides more phases of power than standard models. The GPU has 16 phases, which more than doubles the capabilities of standard designs. The memory of the power supply even has a independent power source, which further supports a foundation for extreme overclocking. Not to mention that MSI’s exclusive, patented GPU Reactor filters out extra noise for a stable overclocking experience.


Top Military Class Components and Convenient Overclocking Utility

MSI always emphasizes top quality and stability when pursuing the highest in product performance. When developing products, MSI makes satisfying market demands and expectations its primary purpose. The MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING introduces the latest Military Class 4 components to the series. The components have gone through rigorous testing in a laboratory to satisfy the Military Standard 810G. Regardless if it is the advantages of the low-temperature, high performance DrMOS 4, the double-sided CopperMOS thermal design, the highly durable and stable tantalum Hi-C Cap cores, the polished surface of the New SFC for added cooling, or the corrosion proof Dark Solid CAP, each aspect of the LIGHTNING ensures the best possible stability. 


The 3×3 OC Kits Puts the Information in Your Hands
Designed specifically for overclocking, the 3×3 OC Kits are a must-have for all enthusiasts. The kit allows users to adjust the voltage levels GPU, memory, and PLL through MSI’s exclusive Afterburner utility while monitoring GPU, memory, and MOFSET temperatures. V-Check Points also capitalize upon the multi meter measuring of GPU, memory, and PLL voltage levels to give users direct calibration data—a function that guarantees success in the world of extreme overclocking.

Technical Specifications:

  • Model name: GTX 780 Lightning
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (GK110)
  • Base Clock: 980 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1033 MHz
  • Memory Clock / Type: 6008 MHz / GDDR5
  • Memory Size / Bus Width: 3072 MB / 384 bit
  • Thermal Design: MSI TriFrozr (2x9cm, 1x8cm)
  • GPU Reactor: Yes
  • Average Power ConsumptionLoad: 250W
  • Card Dimensions: 295 x 128.6 x 51.35 mm

MSRP (US): $749.99.

Images and Information courtesy of MSI

Rumour – Nvidia Planning Dual GK110 “GTX 790” Graphics Card

Nvidia’s GK110 GPU, that is based on the Kepler architecture, has been a very versatile piece. In addition to spawning lots of professional series Nvidia graphics cards from their Quadro line the GK110 GPU also powers the GTX Titan and GTX 780 graphics cards. Now it appears Nvidia might be planning a GTX 790 that uses a pair of GK110 GPUs if are to be believed. Citing anonymous industry sources they say that their is a GTX 790 inbound. It is expected to use a pair of GK110 GPUs though whether these are more similar to the Titan or to the GTX 780 is not known.

Apparently the graphics card will not exceed the $1000 price point and it will see Nvidia reduce the prices of the GTX 780 and GTX Titan so that it is competitive. My guess is that the card will opt for a pair of GTX 780 GK110 GPUs, not GTX Titan ones, simply because two GTX Titan GPUs would mean Nvidia would essentially have to slash the price of the GTX Titan which they wouldn’t want to do. That said it wouldn’t be unfeasible for Nvidia to put a pair of either GK110 GPUs on a single PCB because both consume similar amounts of power with 250W TDPs. That said a pair of 250W TDP GPUs on a single PCB would need a mighty cooling solution.

We still aren’t sure as to how accurate this rumour is, but definitely watch this space as it could get very interesting.

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Zotac Reveal GTX 780 Amp! Edition

Zotac have just unveiled their latest flagship Nvidia graphics card, the GTX 780 Amp! Edition. This graphics card uses Zotac’s Triple Silencer cooling solution and comes with a hefty out of the box overclock. The GPU base clock is increased from 860MHz stock to 1006MHz while the boost is increased from 900MHz to 1159MHz. The memory is also bolstered up from 6008MHz to 6208MHz.

Zotac are claiming up to 10 degrees cooler than reference and up to 15 dBA quieter under heavy gaming load. The cooling solution is dual slot and the graphics card is SLI ready. More details can be found over at the product page. The card will probably be priced about 10-15% higher than a normal GTX 780.

Key Features

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 GPU
  • Engine clock: 1006 MHz (base) / 1059 MHz (boost)
  • 2,304 processor cores
  • 3 GB GDDR5 memory
  • Memory clock: 6208 MHz
  • 384-bit memory interface
  • Triple Silencer Enhanced Cooling System
  • PCI Express 3.0 interface
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology
  • NVIDIA Surround capable
  • NVIDIA FXAA & TXAA technology
  • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync
  • NVIDIA SLI (3-way) ready
  • NVIDIA SHIELD gaming portable ready
  • NVIDIA NVENC video transcoding acceleration capable
  • DirectX 11.1 (feature level 11_0) technology & Shader Model 5.1
  • OpenGL 4.3 compatible
  • Blu-ray 3D ready
  • Loss-less audio bitstream capable
  • ZOTAC Boost Premium software bundle: Nero Kwikmedia, XBMC and UNIGINE Heaven DX11 Benchmark
  • ZOTAC Splinter Cell Compilation game voucher: Splinter Cell Double Agent, Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist (downloadable summer 2013)

Image #1 courtesy of Zotac, Image #2 courtesy of PCGamesHardware.De

Galaxy Unleash GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition

Galaxy’s GTX 780 Hall of Fame Edition is one of most anticipated cards of the year from the green team. It features a factory overclock to 1006/1058 MHz base/boost up from stock 863/900 MHz meaning it has nearly 20% more frequency allowing it to match the GTX Titan in many scenarios. The cooling solution is provided by dual 90mm fans and a HVCP (hybrid vapor chamber heat pipe) design. The outer case is made from a combination of fire-resistant polycarbonate, anodized metal, and die-cast aluminium alloy. 

The custom white PCB uses a CHiL CHL8318 VR11.1 compliant digital PWM controller and an IR3550 PowrIRstage DrMOS 4.0 compliant chipset. The customised 8+2 phase VRM has 90% efficiency and is capable of delivery up to 480 amps to the GPU – way more than it could ever need. Other additions include high quality POSCAP capacitors and high current Coiltronics inductors. The PCB uses a 10 layer design for optimum signal routing.

Finally there is a “Hyper Boost” button which acts as a “hardware supercharger” that engages special internal circuity and optimisations to increase core clocks by 8% beyond what GPU Boost 2.0 could or custom user overclocks.

Pricing and availability on this card is TBA but expect it to be available in limited quantities and priced to reflect that fact.

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The Nvidia Titan Goes Pro With The Quadro K6000

Nvidia have revealed their most powerful weapon (I mean graphics card). The incredibly powerful Quadro K6000 has been shown to the world and its set to shake up the world of professional graphics in a big way. The card is based around the GK110 architecture, albeit every feature has been turned up to 11 and the card packs a mighty 2880 stream processors, a whopping 12GB of memory and its designed to be the best tool available for high performance graphics and simulation work.

“The Nvidia Quadro K6000 GPU is the highest performance, most capable GPU ever created for the professional graphics market. It will significantly change the game for animators, digital designers and engineers, enabling them to make the impossible possible,” said Ed Ellett, senior vice president of professional solutions group at Nvidia.


  • GK110 graphics processing unit
  • 2880 stream processors
  • 12GB GDDR5 memory
  • 4 x 4K display out-puts

Most consumer solutions struggle to push 4K in a real world environment, yet the K6000 will burn through four displays running 3840 x 2160 resolution, making it an incredible resource for creative works, so long as you can afford the setup. Of course if you have to ask how much something like this will cost, it’s likely because you’re in a job that doesn’t really need it, it will  be incredibly expensive though.

Naturally the most powerful graphics card in the world will be very expensive and rightly so, it’s the best there is! It blows the GTX Titan away with its brute force performance of having over 200 extra stream processors and Nvidia say that the GPU delivers 5x higher compute performance and nearly double the graphics capability of its predecessor the Quadro 6000, partly thanks to the 12GB of GDDR5, the worlds largest and fastest graphics memory.

The card will be available later this year from many major workstation providers and system integrators.

Thank you Xbitlabs for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Xbitlabs.


AMD Volcanic Islands GPUs Leaked

AMD’s Volcanic Islands codename Hawaii GPUs have been officially confirmed by an AMD website. First spotted by Guru3D forum member Lane the AMD website confirms that the GPUs exist and are in development. Interestingly the AiB (add in board) partner training program begins on September 26th suggesting the release will follow soon after in Q4 of this year.

While the website doesn’t reveal to us new details what we do now have is official confirmation more or less. If you are interested in checking out details on the new HD 9000 series then please check here. Interestingly AMD are skipping the HD 8000 series and going straight to the HD 9000 series. The flagship of the series will be HD 9970 which has already been spotted.

Enthusiasts will be hoping that AMD’s second iteration of the 28nm process will be capable of matching Nvidia’s GK110 based GTX Titan and GTX 780s that are currently dominating AMD at the top end of the market. Interestingly Nvidia has said it plans to release no new GPUs until AMD responds with new releases of their own.

Image courtesy of Guru3D, Information via Chiploco

MSI GTX 780 Lightning Release Date Revealed

MSI has just posted a reveal trailer for its latest product release. The reveal trailer suggests that an MSI Lightning product is being released soon. No doubt given that we have not seen the MSI GTX 780 Lightning graphics card yet, this is probably what the reveal trailer is for.

Apparently the GTX 780 Lightning from MSI features redundant BIOS, a BIOS without limits/protections/fail safes and thus will be overclockable beyond Nvidia limits. This will be one of the first GK110 based Nvidia GPUs to support this. We don’t know much about the design but we could see a similar Twin Frozr IV cooling solution like we have on the GTX 780 Gaming Series graphics card. This uses two enlarged 10cm/100mm fans. It will probably be an identical cooling solution just we some yellow strips or paint for the Lightning effect. Most of the differences will be on the PCB in terms of BIOS, VRM and other power features plus a cherry picked speed binned selection of GPUs.


Image courtesy of MSI (YouTube)

Palit Reveal GTX 780 Super JetStream Graphics Card

While Palit’s GTX 780 JetStream has already been pictured and is expected to be coming to market soon, Guru3D have pictured a second JetStream GTX 780 from Palit using the “Super” branding which essentially means they’ve overclocked it and then overclocked it again just for good measure.

The Palit Super JetStream GTX 780 is physically identical to the “normal” JetStream variant and features the same second generation JetStream triple fan cooler. The main difference here is in terms of clock speeds which you can see below:

  • Nvidia GTX 780 – 863/900/6000 MHz – core/boost/memory
  • Palit GTX 780 JetStream – 902/954/6000 MHz – core/boost/memory
  • Palit GTX 780 Super JetStream – 980/1033/6200 MHz – core/boost/memory

With an extra 13.5% of core clock over the stock Nvidia GTX 780 the Palit Super Jet Stream is one of the highest clocked GTX 780 cards on the market.

These will of course be premium products and the gold theme on the packaging says it all really. Expect these graphics cards to be very expensive and limited in quantity. Availability will most likely be some time in the next month but no official information has been provided by Palit yet.

Images courtesy of Guru3D

Gainward’s GTX 780 Phantom Pictured

Gainward’s Phantom series of graphics cards are very popular among enthusiasts for their unique look and feel. We recently took a look at the Gainward Phantom GTX 770 which was a very impressive graphics card. The main unique feature is that the fans are situated behind the heatsink of the graphics card. These three fans pull air over the heatsink and push them out the side of the cooler. One of the main changes with the GTX 700 series Phantoms is that the fans are now removable and thus are easy to clean without voiding your warranty.

Other features of the GTX 780 Phantom include five 8mm heat pipes for cooling, a thicker aluminium heatsink design versus previous generations, an 8 phase VRM design, solid chokes, DrMOS (driver-MOSFETs, combined up/down FETs and Driver ICs in one package). The card uses a pair of 8 pin power connectors as the GK110 Nvidia GPU can draw some large power loads when overclocked. There’s no word on pricing and regional availability yet but we should see European and North American availability in the next 1-2 weeks at a price that is slightly more expensive than the competition’s custom cooled solutions. This is mainly due to the rather unique design and associated construction costs but also due to the popularity of the Phantom series.


Image courtesy of Gainward

MSI Unveil GTX 780 Gaming Series Graphics Card

MSI have just released their latest custom version of Nvidia’s GTX 780 GPU. The MSI Gaming GTX 780 comes with MSI’s new Gaming App tuning utility that allows gamers to switch between OC mode, gaming mode and silent modes. MSI have gone to town with the cooling solution offering a pair of 10cm fans compared to the normal 80mm and these use an MSI patented propeller blade technology and airflow control technology. Apparently under full load this GPU hits only 67 degrees at 25.7 dBA. 

All the usual MSI graphics goodness is included such as military class 4 components and the Twin Frozr heatsink design. MSI’s GTX 780 Gaming graphics card comes clocked at 954MHz base clock, 1006MHz boost clock and 6008MHz memory clock. This is up from 863/900MHz on the stock GTX 780 while the memory is the same.

MSI haven’t disclosed pricing or availability yet but expect it to compete with rival solutionson price like the ASUS Direct CU II OC GTX 780 and Gigabyte GTX 780 OC Windforce 3X.

Images courtesy of MSI

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB Graphics Card Review

It’s that time of year again where NVIDIA have a new series of cards in the pipelines and as we have seen running up to today, the number of rumours and leaks that have been flying about are as profound as ever. For some this leads to pure confusion as to what is to be seen and what is complete rubbish, and for people like myself it leads to pure frustration as I know all the true facts and figures, meaning that when I see the rumours and false facts floating around I can do nothing but sit and wait until the NDA lifts to put a number of these claims to rest with the real specifications and performance figures behind the new cards.

So here we have it, the GTX 780 – the first in the new line of Kepler based 700 series cards and before we get too far into the nitty gritty of what’s new in the 700 series, I want to make the following fact clear and true – the GTX 780 CANNOT be flashed in any way to effectively turn it into Titan. There are a number of reasons for this; first off, whilst both cards share the same GK110 core, the 780 has far less CUDA cores, is a different revision of the core chip and has less texture units on-board. On top of this, there is also half the amount of video memory and a number of components in the power region of the PCB are missing as the 780 does not require these as opposed to Titan.

Point out of the way, NVIDIA’s new 700 series cards are here to replace the ever popular 600 series, although they are not a re-hash and re-brand of 6xx cards as some may presume. Whilst the GK110 cores may be featured on both 600 and 700 series cards, they will have subtle variances to them, mainly on the front of CUDA core count and texture filters and so forth.

So what is the 780 in relation to the 600 series cards. Whilst it may look like Titan, it is a slightly lower performing card. Titan is more geared towards users with multiple high resolution displays and thus the higher 6GB of GDDR5 memory that it encompasses. The 780 whilst still home to 3GB of GDDR5 is more aimed at users who are going to be gaming on a single screen at high resolutions with all the settings turned to 11. Over its predecessor, the GTX 680, the 780 has 50% more CUDA cores with a count of 2034, 50% more memory, up to 3GB from 2GB and overall a 34% increase in performance. Interestingly enough, GTX 580 users who upgrade to a 780 will see a whopping 70% gain in performance between the two cards and a 25-30% gain can also be found over AMD’s 7970.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 780 At GeForce eSports Event

We’ve been bringing you a lot of rumour and speculation about the Geforece GTX 780 recently, but it’s finally good to get some cold hard facts, as well as some 100% genuine photos of the real deal and that’s exactly what we have today.

The GeForce eSports festival is currently taking place in China and it was the perfect battle ground for Nvidia to raise the curtain on the latest entry to their flagship 7xx GPU range.

With a release date of May 23rd the card is almost upon us and Scott Herkelman, the Geforce General Manager was on hand at the show to give us all an official first look.

Of course there are many more cards from the 7xx range still to come and we can expect to see the GTX 770 follow it up just a week later on the 30th of May.

Featuring the GK110 core with a few cut backs the GTX 780 is essentially the GTX Titan on a least, but that’s still enough to put it around 20% more powerful than the current GTX 680 and that’s no bad thing in terms of performance. With 12 stream processors, 2304 cores, 3GB of GDDR5 memory, a 320 / 384 bit memory bus and the same cooler design as the GTX Titan, this is certainly shaping up to be a great card.

Expect prices in the region of 500-600 Euros and non reference card designs to follow a few weeks after the official release.

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