Taking a look at the card we really don't see anything too out of the usual when looking at it against the recently reviewed MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC. We've again got the excellent Twin Frozr IV cooler that we saw on that video card and we've also again got the new black and red color scheme, which is part of the new Gaming Series.
You can see two large fans make up the cooler along with a massive heatsink behind them. Looking closer you can see we've got a number of heat pipes coming out the bottom that can be seen going through the heatsink. We'll have to wait and see if the cooler performs as well here on the GTX 780, as it did on the mid-range GTX 760.
You can see a typical GTX 780 setup which sees a single 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connector, while closer to the front you can see two SLI connectors. Being the GTX 780 means that we're able to run up to four of these cards off the two SLI connectors.
Finishing our look at the card you can see in the I/O department we've got two Dual-Link DVI connectors in the form of a DVI-D and DVI-I. Along with that you can see we've got a HDMI and DisplayPort connector to round connectivity off. You can also see the top half is taken up by a vent to let some of the hot air escape out the back of your case.
Out of the box the reference GTX 780 comes in with a core clock of 863MHz which is pushed to 900MHz via Boost. As for the 3GB of GDDR5, that carries a 6008MHz QDR clock. While MSI have left the memory clock alone like most companies, they have pushed the core up to 902MHz, which is then pushed even higher again to 954MHz via Boost.
Because we've already looked at a couple of GTX 780s, we're today taking the chance to overclock the MSI offering and see just what we're able to get out of it. Looking above you can see we managed to push the core up to 1020MHz, which is then pushed higher again to 1072MHz via Boost.
As for the 3GB of GDDR5, we managed to push that up to 6600MHz QDR. This is a strong overclock and should yield some strong performance.