Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
I think most people like me were really put off by the massive change to the look of the 780 Lightning and then further repelled by the lack of performance compared to the Classy. I still love my 580 Lightning to death and really liked my 7970 Lightnings as well. The 780 Lightning was just so different and then also didn't perform up to typical Lightning standards IMO. Not only that but then throw in the absolute cluster that was the launch and it adds up to a lot of bad blood between MSI and long time Lightning fanboys like myself. I hope they get back to the Lightning's roots with the next one...
I've owned/seen both. And I have to say, the cooler on the Lightning 780 looked like crap in all of the promo pictures that were available. Actually seeing it in physical form, before your very eyes, kinda changed my opinion on it personally. Looks a lot better in person than promo pics, essentially. I personally liked it much more than the bland ACX cooler. But that is my personal opinion.
MSI screwed up in terms of support on the card. Neliz avoids me at every turn, either on this website, or when I commented on the TPU 780 Lightning waterblock news post (don't know if he has responded in the past day or two). They really screwed up on software support for the card. And if it weren't for diligent OCN'ers, the card wouldn't even be relevant. After the price drops though, you can regularly find it for only $20-30 more than the reference cards, so its pretty much a no-brainer atm.
I was just sad that I could get up to 1350-1400mhz bench stable on the core, but a miserable +150 on stock vram voltages, and like +225 (if I remember correctly) when bumping up the voltage on the vram to semi-dangerous levels (imo).