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MSI 780GTX gaming vs MSI 780GTX lightning

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Since these are the only ones in stock at my local shop, I will pick up one of these in the next few days. Price difference is about 50 euro. Which one would you recommend? I now have the Asus GTX670 which I love for its silence. I suppose the GTX780 will be louder anyway, but I wonder which one will be the 'better' card. I don't exactly mind the 50 euro, but if I don't "need" to spend it, I won't.

Looking forward to your advice. If I could I would go for the Asus GTX780 btw, but it seems out of stock everywhere I looked (here).
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Since these are the only ones in stock at my local shop, I will pick up one of these in the next few days. Price difference is about 50 euro. Which one would you recommend? I now have the Asus GTX670 which I love for its silence. I suppose the GTX780 will be louder anyway, but I wonder which one will be the 'better' card. I don't exactly mind the 50 euro, but if I don't "need" to spend it, I won't.

Looking forward to your advice. If I could I would go for the Asus GTX780 btw, but it seems out of stock everywhere I looked (here).

The difference between the 2 cards is mainly the beefed up PCB on the lightning. If you are looking for a normal daily overclock & not into voltage hacking & benching, the gamer is a good choice.
If you do like to run benchmarks & go for high scores, the beefed up VRMs on the lightning can comfortably take voltages that would be increasing the pucker factor on reference cards.

In short, if you are into voltage hacking to go for the highest clocks, lightning. Gaming can still be voltage hacked & overclocked, but can reach the breaking point sooner if pushed too hard.
    
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I am not really into oc'ing but want something that is both close to titan performance while being pretty quiet. I do like the design of the lightning, looks one hell of a nice build. Kinda worried about the gamer card not having a backplate. Does the lightning really perform better than the gaming version out of the box too? I mean noticeable.
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I am not really into oc'ing but want something that is both close to titan performance while being pretty quiet. I do like the design of the lightning, looks one hell of a nice build. Kinda worried about the gamer card not having a backplate. Does the lightning really perform better than the gaming version out of the box too? I mean noticeable.

Backplates are more for looks than anything else, half the time removing the backplate can help with better clocks. The one on the lightning doesn't actually do anything, there is nothing on the back to cool. They can offer some protection while changing components & stuff, can't scrape the back of the gpu changing system memory with a backplate for example.

They are both 780s, so I'm pretty sure the only difference out of the box would be the clocks set in the bios. Either card will have to be OCed to match a stock titan or beyond, both have good aftermarket coolers & are reasonably quiet.

If not a hardcore gpu overclocker, I would probably save a few $ & go for the gaming. The Lightning's main purpose is for really pushing the voltage.
    
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