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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Video Card Review

By Olin Coles

Manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
Product Name: GeForce GTX 780 Ti Graphics Card
Price: Starting at $699.99 (Newegg | Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by NVIDIA.

NVIDIA tends to dominate the field when it comes to graphics processing power, leaving AMD scrambling to remain competitive by reducing prices on their products to add value for an aging technology. Recently the AMD Radeon R9 290X was revealed as the brand’s flagship graphics card, virtually occupying future shelf space for around $599 and expected to compete against NVIDIA’s less-expensive GeForce GTX 780 that has been available since May (2013). Not one to allow competition into their high-end territory, NVIDIA pushes back with the introduction of GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Capable of producing the fastest and most efficient graphics power ever available, GeForce GTX 780 Ti offers 25% more processing cores than GTX 780 while leaving room to deliver record-level 336 GB/sec GDDR5 memory bandwidth so to leave no doubt who controls the top-end of discreet graphics.

In many ways, GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card is similar to the GTX TITAN that visual professionals enjoy. NVIDIA replaces TITAN’s double-precision with a massive number of CUDA cores in GTX 780 Ti to generate maximum frame rates from video game graphics. But GeForce GTX 780 Ti goes beyond high FPS performance, and delivers a host of additional features not seen or available from the competition. Ultra HD 4K resolution displays are supported, and so is the cutting-edge G-SYNC technology that eliminates screen tearing and display-generated stutter. FXAA and TXAA post-processing effects smooth rough edges and soften their graphical appearance. GeForce GTX 780 Ti also yields some of the most efficient processing power produced by any video card in history, even with always-on NVIDIA ShadowPlay capturing real-time gaming action in 1080p.

While offering gamers more than GTX TITAN, the new GeForce GTX 780 Ti goes far beyond being a faster GTX 780. Clocked from 875 MHz up to 928 MHz with NVIDIA Boost 2.0 technology, there are 2880 single precision CUDA cores on GeForce GTX 780 Ti (with 960 double precision cores), compared to 2304 CUDA cores from the GK110 GPU on GTX 780. Like GTX TITAN and GTX 780, GeForce GTX 780 Ti also delivers a 3GB video frame buffer. However, unlike GTX 780 and TITAN, the 7000 MHz GDDR5 memory on GTX 780 Ti delivers an impressive 336 GB/s of bandwidth. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests and compares the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics card using several highly-demanding DX11 video games, such as Battlefield 4Metro: Last Light and Batman: Arkham City.

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There are three platforms available to video games: portable, console, and PC. While smartphone and tablet devices can play games, graphics rarely go beyond simple 2D. Gaming consoles take detail quality a few steps farther and display up to 1080p resolution, but pale in comparison to the hyper-realistic gaming experience available to high-end PC graphics cards attached to high-resolution monitors and Ultra HD 4K displays. While game developers might not consider PC gaming as lucrative as entertainment consoles, companies like NVIDIA use desktop graphics technology to set the benchmark for smaller more compact GPU designs that make it into notebooks, tablets, and smartphone devices.

GeForce GTX 780 Features

Source: NVIDIA

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is designed for gamers who want to enjoy their games at the maximum graphics settings and screen resolutions, with high levels of AA enabled. GeForce GTX 780 Ti ships with 2880 CUDA Cores and 15 SMX units. The memory subsystem of GeForce GTX 780 Ti consists of six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 3GB of GDDR5 memory. The base clock speed of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is 875MHz. The typical Boost Clock speed is 928MHz.

The Boost Clock speed is based on the average GeForce GTX 780 Ti card running a wide variety of games and applications. Note that the actual Boost clock will vary from game-to-game depending on actual system conditions. GeForce GTX 780 Ti’s memory speed is 7000MHz data rate.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti reference board measures 10.5” in length. Display outputs include two dual-link DVIs, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. One 8-pin PCIe power connector and one 6-pin PCIe power connector are required for operation.

NVIDIA Boost 2.0

NVIDIA GPU Boost technology automatically increases the GPU’s clock frequency in order to improve performance. GPU Boost works in the background, dynamically adjusting the GPU’s graphics clock speed based on GPU operating conditions.

Originally GPU Boost was designed to reach the highest possible clock speed while remaining within a predefined power target. However, after careful evaluation NVIDIA engineers determined that GPU temperature is often a bigger inhibitor of performance than GPU power. Therefore for Boost 2.0, we’ve switched from boosting clock speeds based on a GPU power target, to a GPU temperature target. This new temperature target is 80 degrees Celsius.

As a result of this change, the GPU will automatically boost to the highest clock frequency it can achieve as long as the GPU temperature remains at 80C. Boost 2.0 constantly monitors GPU temperature, adjusting the GPU’s clock and its voltage on-the-fly to maintain this temperature.

In addition to switching from a power-based boost target to a temperature-based target, with GPU Boost 2.0 we’re also providing end users with more advanced controls for tweaking GPU Boost behavior. Using software tools provided by NVIDIA add-in card partners, end users can adjust the GPU temperature target precisely to their liking. If a user wants his GeForce GTX 780 board to boost to higher clocks for example, he can simply adjust the temperature target higher (for example from 80C, to 85C). The GPU will then boost to higher clock speeds until it reaches the new temperature target.

Besides adjusting the temperature target, Boost 2.0 also provides users with more powerful fan control. The GPU’s fan curve is completely adjustable, so you can adjust the GPU’s fan to operate at different speeds based on your own preferences.

Adaptive Temperature Controller

With GPU Boost 2.0, the GPU will boost to the highest clock speed it can achieve while operating at 80C. Boost 2.0 will dynamically adjust the GPU fan speed up or down as needed to attempt to maintain this temperature. While we’ve attempted to minimize fan speed variation as much as possible in prior GPUs, fan speeds did occasionally fluctuate.

For GeForce GTX 780, we’ve developed an all-new fan controller that uses an adaptive temperature filter with an RPM and temperature targeted control algorithm to eliminate the unnecessary fan fluctuations that contribute to fan noise, providing a smoother acoustic experience.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience

GeForce Experience is a new application from NVIDIA that optimizes your PC in two key ways. First, it maximizes your game performance and game compatibility by automatically downloading the latest GeForce Game Ready drivers. Second, GeForce Experience intelligently optimizes graphics settings for all your favorite games based on your hardware configuration.

Shadow Play

Utilizing the H.264 video encoder built-in to every Kepler GPU, ShadowPlay works in the background, seamlessly recording your last 20 minutes of gameplay footage, or if you’d like to record your latest StarCraft match, ShadowPlay can record that too. Compared to software-based video encoders like FRAPS, ShadowPlay takes less of a performance hit, so you can enjoy your games while you’re recording.

Download NVIDIA GeForce Experience here: geforce.com/drivers/geforce-experience/download


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  1. CrazyElf

    It’s competitive from a price performance standpoint (a first I suppose for high end GPUs).

    Hmm … it looks like:
    - It beats the Titan handily (unless the 3gb of VRAM runs out)
    - At lower resolutions, and more important at 2560×1440 it beats the 290X

    I wonder though how it will do against the 290X Crossfired at 4K if the 780Ti is in SLI?

  2. Caring1

    I’ve only read the first page and already it reads like a spiel from the Nvidia marketing division.
    I would have expected a more professional, independent approach to the review, but it seems their is a bias towards Nvidia products here.

    “delivers a host of additional features not seen or available from the competition. Ultra HD 4K resolution displays are supported, and so is the cutting-edge G-SYNC technology”

    So where is this host of features? Ultra HD is supported on the new AMD card, G-Sync is a Nvidia product not applicable to AMD cards. That makes one feature so far…
    Can we please try to be professional when reviewing?

    This type of B.S. isn’t needed or necessarily true: “NVIDIA tends to dominate the field when it comes to graphics processing power, leaving AMD scrambling to remain competitive by reducing prices on their products to add value for an aging technology.”
    The clincher there is you left of “pre” from the second word in that sentence.

    1. Olin Coles

      Did I offend an AMD fanboy with the truth? Only someone like that would go off on a rant without reading anything more than the first few paragraphs, and then selectively ignore the content. Since you didn’t make it past page one, here are the features you missed:
      NVIDIA G-SYNC (noted)
      NVIDIA ShadowPlay (mentioned in the same paragraph you quoted)
      NVIDIA Boost 2.0 (listed next)
      FXAA and TXAA post-processing
      NVIDIA 3D Vision
      Adaptive VSync
      PhysX technology

      Furthermore, please feel free to compare the months that NVIDIA and AMD have each been the leader in discreet graphics technology. You’ll see that NVIDIA offers the ‘most powerful’ video card 11 months for every 1 month (rounded up) that AMD has managed to do so. Facts… they’re so pesky.

      1. Caring1

        More like I offended an Nvidia fanboy.
        The features you mention are proprietary, AMD also has a large list of proprietary features, something you neglect to mention in your fervour and slathering to your favourite company.
        Funny how you always seem to include negative remarks about AMD, even when they hold no relevance to the comparison.

        1. Olin Coles

          I said “delivers a host of additional features not seen or available from the competition”, which you’ve just confirmed to be completely true by pointing out their proprietary nature. Also, and in much the same way as you ignorantly posted a rant without reading the article, you’ve also failed to notice how many AMD articles I’ve written… namely the recent R9 270X by MSI and Sapphire… both of which received my praise and awards.

          As I’ve mentioned several times before: I don’t care who makes the product. All I care about is who offers the best product, the best features, or the best value. It’s easy to post a ridiculous comment that cries foul when you ignore facts like benchmarks, temperatures, fan noise, features, etc. Obviously you’re blinded by your commitment to the AMD brand, as evidenced by your comment in defense of Radeon R9 290X against GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Regardless of how you want to twist things: AMD is still #2 in GPU performance just like they usually are.

  3. cobra32

    I read your article and it is bias no ultra hd 4k numbers and lower resolution for some games higher for others. The 290X is a god send it made Nvidia have to adjust there prices and that is more important then anything. If it was not for Amd you would be paying 1200 for that 780GTX TI. Amd gives us 780 GTX performance for 399.00 with R290 while Nvidia gave it to us for 649.00 with the GTX 780. The 290x is the future with some tweaking it will be the card of the future. With Ultra HD 4k on the horizon the extra memory will come into play and again Nvidia keeps sticking it to its customers by giving us 3 gb instead of 4gb or 6 gb like the titan which is what this card will need in 4k game play. That G-sync is a joke since none of the top Monitors provide it. I bet you ran the 290x in quiet mode. You did not even use the new drivers from AMD betas 9.2 also. Amd’s mantle will also improve the gaming experience and with all the game manufactures programing for the AMD chips since all the game systems use them now it will leave NVidia out in the cold. I’m not a Fan boy of either but will give credit will credit is due Nvidia Has given game players the shaft for a while with over priced video cards and we can thank AMD for giving NVidia a reality check. Thank you AMD for not fucking us like Nvidia has for along time with over priced video cards. I also own a over price EVGA classified 780 GTX card. You got once NVidia never again waiting for 290x Asus matrix that will be a hot video card.

    1. Steven Iglesias-Hearst

      The AMD R9 290X is not 780 GTX performance for 399.00.

      For starters the R9 290X has no overclocking headroom, but the GTX 780 has. NVidia had the GTX 780Ti months ago but didn’t need to release it till now since AMD are only just able to muster up some competition. You seem to forget that AMD recent releases were just more re-brands.

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