NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti: Taking GK110 To The Max

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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 R9 290X
Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 280X
GeForce GTX Titan
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 770
GeForce GTX 780
GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.11b1/b8
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v331.40/331.70

Benchmarks Used:
Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Bioshock Infinite
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro Last Light
Sleeping Dogs
Crysis 3

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.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti dominated all comers in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. In fact, it was the first single-GPU powered card we have seem break the 1000 point barrier in this test.

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infinityzen1 one year ago

But a custom cooled R290 is still the card to buy. Heck, at the listed prices you could get two R290 with custom coolers.

Alphanuker 9 months ago

It all depends on the games you play and the software you use. Also price doesn't matter if you are looking at these type of higher end cards.

KDaniels one year ago

Let's wait and see what happens when mantle makes its debut in the market. Interesting times ahead.

Dave_HH one year ago

Ought to be interesting to see what impact Mantle has. The 780 Ti is one beast of a card though!

acarzt one year ago

How do edges look at 4k vs 1080p with the lower AA?

I would be interested in seeing a write up comparing image quality at playable frame rates on a 4k display vs 1080p. :-)

marco c one year ago

You definitely still need AA on a 4K display, IMO. I have a bunch of con-calls today. If i can squeeze in some screenshots w/ zooms, with and without AA today, I'll post 'em up here.

JordanMelecio one year ago

Ahh, the same rebranding, disabling, unlocking of chipset components and presenting it as something new. Fanbois will eagerly jump at the "- is best" notion. Anyways, It will be more INTERESTING to keep watch on the developments and implementation of key IP technologies that these hardware will leverage in the coming years - whether it will stagnate or surge forward.

marco c one year ago

Where is there a single fanboi in this thread?

TrevorBlain1 one year ago

Gonna go out on a limb here and say right above you. Thanks for the writeup.

Dave_HH one year ago

Hahah.. that was funny Trev.

realneil one year ago

I like this card. I like the noise output being a little less than the AMD cards.

I want to see the AMD cards released and reviewed with better cooling solutions and higher clock settings from their partners as well as the same for NVIDIA cards.

That's when it will be time to decide on what to buy.


Also: I can't say that I'm stuck on either company. The price and performance for the money spent is what I look for. If they want loyalty they should just buy a Dog.

CDeeter one year ago

I'm with you Neil. I don't think I've ever bought a video card that was the reference design. The after market cards are so much nicer. Do have to give Nvidia credit though, their reference cooler is pretty sexy.

JeremeWeatherbee one year ago

So for $150 extra it beats the 290x in Bioshock! sign me up thats the only pc game I play!!!!

BigKihd one year ago

This is such an amazing card and a great write up as well

BigKihd one year ago

Hail to the king baby

MarioColon one year ago

i heard that this card is noisy

BigKihd 9 months ago

My dream card for now, until something better comes along of course. Not a fan of the price, but you get what you pay for.

AfkToilet 9 months ago

my system got a boner seeing this beauty !

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