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MSI Gaming N780 TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 780 Review

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MSI Gaming N780 TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 780 Testing:

Testing of the MSI N780 TF 3GD5/OC GeForce GTX 780 will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. The NVIDIA comparison cards will be using the 320.18 drivers while AMD-based cards will be using the Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 drivers and latest CAP profile. The results generated in my testing reached by utilizing the latest FCAT tools to illustrate the true picture of the gaming experience. To do so will require a second PC setup to capture the data stream generated by the compared video cards.


Testing Setup:

FCAT Capture Setup:


Comparison Video Cards:




  • MSI GTX 780 Gaming: 1189MHz, Memory 1722MHz

Overclocking on NVIDIA's Kepler-based GPUs takes advantage of GPU Boost 2.0 technology to deliver clock speeds that are limited not only by the maximum possible clock speed the core can run but by both a thermal and power envelope. NVIDIA found out that the Kepler GPU was not reaching its thermal limits, leaving clock speed on the table. Now we have a little bit of both to look after. By maximizing these two sliders in MSI's Afterburner GPU overclocking and tuning utility you get the best chance at reaching the max clock your card can do on air. Second on the list was to increase the fan speed to max while advancing the core voltage slider to the maximum limit of +37mv. Boosting the core clock up in 50MHz increments got me close to the final core speed of 1189MHz or a +151MHz offset under boost and in game; an 183MHz boost over the factory boost clock speed. Stock memory speed on the 3GB of GDDR5 memory is 1502MHz or an 6008MHz effective memory speed. Boosting up the memory speed in +100MHz increments gave me a final memory clock speed of 1722MHz or a 6890MHz effective clock speed. Pretty decent numbers from this card. The core seemed a bit weak and did not quite reach 1200MHz but still offered up a nice bonus in clock speed.

Manually tuning will allow you to reach as high a clock speed as the hardware will allow. MSI's Afterburner utility is a great tool for this but MSI offers other options with its Gaming app. This lightweight tool gives the user the flexibility of running the MSI GTX 780 Gaming in three separate modes at the click of a button. OC Mode offers a 1071MHz boost clock, gaming mode drives the boost clock speed to 1019MHz, while silent drops it down to 980MHz. Changing between these modes was easy and did not result in any crashes. Afterburner can sport a new look to show your true gaming spirit with a special skin put together that mirrors the look and feel of the packaging and Gaming Spirit branding. I can say it looks much better than the standard green theme.




Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were rerun until they passed a full hour of testing.



  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro: Last Light
  2. Crysis 3
  3. Far Cry 3
  4. Battlefield 3
  5. Batman: Arkham City
  6. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  7. 3DMark


  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption

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