Brushed lavishly in slick red race car style lines, with two menacing fans cutting through air as all the mechanics work seamlessly together like a mouse tiptoeing across a bench top late at night after a block of cheese. Why - hello there, MSI GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming.
Hey, this is Jeremy from SYF GAMING, and today we're looking at the new MSI GTX 780 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition. I'm super excited to see how the new monster on the block handles things, so without further ado let's kick things off!
MSI for a few years now has been really pushing the envelope with cooling performance from their line of Twin Frozr graphic cards. The Twin Frozr cooled cards keep system levels cool, quiet and efficient - and in doing so, adds a good bit of value to an already delicious package. NVIDIA recently released their latest generation of cards (the 7XX series) - the GTX 780 falls at the upper echelon of the performance chart. As the general trend with graphic cards go, the more muscle and brawn a card has - the better cooling and power they need.
Design and hardware:
Sliding the MSI GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming out of its box reveals a tremendously svelte looking graphic card. The cooler is devised of a solid jet black finish, with a slick red line of lacing around the top that adds a delicate flare to the whole thing. The rear of the cooler comes to an almost aircraft like set of ridges, underneath lies the heat piping and spread system. Smack bang in the centre of it all are two powerful 95mm fans. They're large, but not overly imposing - and come dressed in style with the same fashionable red and black coating. The superb thing about having the bigger fans is that the card is able to run cooler and quieter than most. In turn, this is truly delightful on the ears - and should also help extend the overall GPU working lifecycle.
Because the coolers crafted from strong plastics, the actual weight of the GTX 780 Twin Frozr comes in a few hundred grams lighter than the stock variant (786g vs 946g). The physical sizing of the card is pleasing, with the PCB coming it at nearly 27cm in length (266x129x38mm) - which means it should be able to fit with ease into almost any mid-tower sized case or above.
When you've got 3GB's of of VRAM to play with - you know you're going to have some fun. The card comes overclocked out of the box for you, and is ready for action with a base 954MHz core clock.
On the input panel of the card, we're met kindly by 4 ports. 1 standard HDMI input, a display port, and two DVI inputs (DVI-I and DVI-D) - and even if for some reason in this day and age your monitor doesn't support one of these inputs, inside the box is a DVI to VGA. The GTX 780 Twin Frozr is crafted extremely well - the boards strong and rigid, and comes packaged neatly - cushioned by many inches of protective foam.
Today, the 21st of June, I am extremely proud to announce SYF GAMING have officially partnered with Tt eSPORTS. This partnership has given the SYF organisation a fantastic opportunity for further expansion in the online gaming community and we are very pleased to have the support of Tt eSPORTS every step of the way.
At SYF GAMING we believe Tt eSPORTS to be the perfect organisation to assist in achieving our primary goals and this new partnership will undoubtedly bring forward some exciting new possibilities in the near future!
Our philosophy at SYF has always been about inclusion and never exclusion, thus with this collaboration with Tt eSPORTS we will work closely on ensuring the Australian gaming scene benefit through various product reviews, giveaways and future gaming events in multiple games including DOTA 2 & Call of Duty 4.
Quote from Tt eSPORTS Community Manager Chris 'Mayo' Smith
"Tt eSPORTS is proud to be supporting yet another Australian gaming organisation. We are happy to announce our partnership with SYF gaming and let it be known that this will be used as a platform to help better the Australian gaming community as a whole.
Not only will we be providing support to SYF management and players, we will be working with SYF on numerous casting, promotional and competition avenues to help further eSports in Australia and New Zealand."
Quote from SYF GAMING Head Management Jeremy 'Spud' Tate
"As a long serving member of SYF GAMING, I have watched our community grow into what it is today. I reflect on SYF GAMING’s early beginnings as a singular Call of Duty team on the bottom of the ladder into multiple disciplined top tier gaming and shoutcasting teams representing some of Australia’s finest players.
Our partnership with Tt eSPORTS truly reflects on our past achievements and growth ambitions. With the support of Tt eSPORTS, we will continue to grow and represent the best there can be in gaming for years to come. I am thrilled to be working with Tt eSPORTS and I really look forward to the fantastic future ahead of us."
About Tt eSPORTS:
‘Tt eSPORTS is a gaming peripheral company dedicated to providing the ultimate user experience and encouraging the growth of eSports on a broad scale. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies for many years.’
‘The brand personality of being unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environments for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited this brand personality with unique and creative designs by observing users behavior and demands.’
If you’re an enthusiastic gamer, chances are you've heard about Tt eSPORTS!
SYF GAMING are extremely pleased with this new partnership and we look forward to supporting the Australian & New Zealand gaming community alongside Tt eSports in the near future!
Vicious dragon on the box - tick. Sharp red shield logo printed firmly across all panels - tick. "Just Game!" slogan on the side? Yep, tick - this must be MSI's next generation of gaming grade motherboards.
Hey, this is Jeremy from SYF GAMING, and today we're looking at not one, but two of MSI's next generation Gaming G Series of motherboards. When these two siblings turned up on our doorstep lined in their shiny boxes of newly clad armour, I couldn't wait to break them out and put the pair through their paces to see what we as gamers could get out of them.
Design and hardware:
Whilst most motherboards at the end of the day do get locked up behind towering steel and plastic PC cases, MSI's Z87 Gaming series motherboards are certainly one you'll be proud of and want to have upfront on display. To call it gorgeous is almost an understatement. Both boards feature prominent blood red dragon insignia's, stark black contours and a CPU bay encircled with dragon face heatspreads.
The look is one that'll turn heads of anyone interested in PC hardware, and as a gamer, I couldn't be more impressed with the design work MSI has put into practice. We first saw it with the MSI's Z77 range, and I'm glad it's back in full force with these Z87 boards. Little details like the red coated Killer E2205 Ethernet jack work well to blend with the styling's of the board. However, in contrast I was a little surprised to see the LED's from the onboard Sound Blaster Cinema Audio Boost chip glow pink.
The sheer attention to detail on both the Z87-G45 and Z87-GD65 motherboards is remarkable. Placement of system inputs it well thought-out, easy to access, and is comfortable to build with. MSI's graded the specifications and build of components to what they label "Military Class 4" - basically what this boils down to is stringent quality assurance. From our testing and play throughs with both of the boards, I can attest to this.