NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Review - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7990
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition x 2
GeForce GTX 680 x 2
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX Titan x 2
GeForce GTX 780 x 2

16GB GSKILL DDR3-1866
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.5B
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v314.09/v320.14

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Batman: Arkham City
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Sleeping Dogs
Crysis 3
FRAPS + FCAT

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming


Unigine Heaven v4.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

 

In Unigine, with the Extreme Tessellation option enabled, the GeForce GTX 780 puts out excellent scores, significantly faster than NVIDIA's previous generation GeForce GTX 680 and within about 10% of the GeForce GTX Titan.  SLI scaling with the 780 shows an efficient gain of almost double the single GTX 780's frame rate.


In terms of its standard score in this DX11-based benchmark, the GeForce GTX 780 shows a commanding lead of over 40% versus AMD's fastest single card setup.  Versus the GeForce GTX Titan, the GTX 780 comes with striking distance trailing by less than 15%.
 

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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.

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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...

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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

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

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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...

cheers

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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.

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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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