NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Review

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To coincide with the launch of the GeForce GTX 780, NVIDIA is also releasing its GeForce Experience software to the mass market. If you’re unfamiliar with GeForce Experience, it is a companion application that will be bundled with NVIDIA’s GeForce drivers moving forward, that make it quick and easy for gamers to optimize the performance of their games for their particular PC’s configuration, without having to futz around in the game’s menu system.

NVIDIA gathers an enormous amount of performance data from a variety of sources. The company works with game developers to optimize both game engines and its own drivers before a title hits the market using a farm of systems with different configurations. Games are internally tested for driver compatibility, and customers provide feedback via public forums and the like. The net result is a comprehensive database of how any given game will perform on a wide range of hardware.

The GeForce Experience Utility

The goal of the GeForce Experience application is to streamline the optimization process by leveraging the performance data in NVIDIA’s database. Instead of depending on individual games to handle it, NVIDIA's GeForce Experience software will select the best settings for a given title depending on your system configuration. These settings aren't just picked by a superior algorithm; human testing is an integral part of the process too. We should point out that users will be able to control whether or not Optimized settings are applied on a game-by-game basis, and the GeForce Experience utility can be used to launch programs from different services as well. And power users, who prefer to tinker on their own, still have the ability to do so.

The closed beta for GeForce Experience went live a few months ago, and initially supported about 32 games. Since then, NVIDIA has responded to all of the user feedback, added some features, and updated the app to support more games and it is now ready for prime time.

ShadowPlay Menu Up Close

A cool new feature coming with GeForce Experience is dubbed ShadowPlay. If you’ve ever searched YouTube for gaming-related videos, you know how popular it is for gamers to record and post highlights from their particular proud gaming moments.

By utilizing the H.264 video encoder built-in to every Kepler GPU, ShadowPlay records up to the last 20 minutes of gameplay footage at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 FPS, and can write it to a file at the touch of a button. ShadowPlay works in the background and will consume a certain amount of RAM depending on the length of the recording (around 500MB for a 3 minute video), but compared to software-based video encoders like FRAPS, using ShadowPlay results in less of a performance hit, so you can still game while recording.

ShadowPlay will be rolling out for all Kepler-based GPUs (including the GeForce GTX 600 series) later this summer.

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Johnny3D one year ago

The 780 looks to be a pretty impressive card from all I've seen about it so far. However, it seems that the video card market is building cards that are extremely impressive, but increasingly expensive and out of the price range of a lot of gamers. Sure, they also released the 660 TI recently as well, but I think this push for $650-$1000 cards is going beyond excessive. I'd rather see them work on producing 670's and 680's at a lower cost so they could offer those cards at a reduced price and increase market saturation.

4L1G8R one year ago

Yeah, I'm not sure what's up with Nvidia. Seems they've been bit by Apple's glamour-tech bug. Or perhaps they are trying to boost console sales?

Seriously, we don't need more high-end cards, just fairer prices on the cheap ones. And there's no need for all the metal on these things, it just raises the cost for Nvidia and consumer. It gives very little if any value. Tech will become outdated, why bling it up?

Don't get me wrong, I love Nvidia's products. I just don't think they are headed down the right path with this.

Personally, I think they might be feeling a little bored because AMD's tech isn't keeping up. However, if they put this new tech against AMD's at the previous price-point, it would put AMD out of business, which wouldn't be good for anyone. So they decided to make them more expensive, since they have the room to work with...

AndreasSarris one year ago

This is their "high end" level of cards, the 680 when it first came out was 600+ dollars and now you can get one for 450, the opening price for something new is always higher. Assuming the scaling is the same, the 760 ti will be around 350-450 dollars and will outperform a 670. The price to performance ratio stays roughly the same, just more performance is more expensive

realneil one year ago

Heck of a nice card. It would be hard to let this card go after testing,.....

IanWalker one year ago

Hi I just bought a titan after testing a 7970 for my purposes. No i am not made of money - but i am quite keen to do certain things. One of which is gaming in stereoscopic 3d. Nvidia is the only option here. Another is to do GPGPU CUDA in double precision. Nvidia sucks at this unless you pay the big bucks for the dedicated GPU cards or buy a Titan. AMD with OpenCl is much more cost effective. MUCH. Both stink for producing stereoscopic 3d via say quadbuffered OpenGL. The Nvidia kit can actually do this but Nvidia actively prevents you from doing so because they want to force you to buy the high end quadras... In a nutshell - I want to play my FPS shooters in stereoscopic 3d, AND I want good CUDA/OpenCL double precision compute performance AND I want to be able to write my own stereoscopic 3d code (even script it say from mathematica) Nvidia is the closest to this, and their hardware can easily support it, yet they choose to nobble their drivers and such to force me to buy vastly more expensive hardware that may not do what I want anyway. Waugh! So frustrating! And to boil it right down - what can a GTX780 do? what is its DP floating point performance in CUDA? Can I do my own stereoscopic 3d code?

please help - I could find this out for myself (because nobody seems to be doing this or asking about it - or at least google is not my frend on this - wonder why?) but it is EXPENSIVE...


realneil one year ago

You could flash your card's BIOS to Quadra specs. Try google again, methods exist to do this already, but you could screw it up if you make a mistake.

TotalSlaughter one year ago

There's no rule that companies have to build their top end products at low enough cost for the majority of consumers. People always complain about the cost of high end / top of the line hardware. I'm not a rich guy at all so I get it to a limited extent. But at the same time, if you can't afford it / it's too pricey for you then get a lower end card. New mid range cards are still going to offer way better performance then previous gen in most cases. I'm sure there will be good performing 700 cards for less money, so everyone can stop crying about top end being so expensive, geez.

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