GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI - HotHardware

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI

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Gigabyte's robust stable of graphics cards includes four separate GeForce GTX 780 Ti models, none faster than the one reviewed here (GV-N78TGHZ-3GD). The reason Gigabyte feels comfortable pushing the clockspeeds so high is because of its new Windforce 3X dual-slot 450W cooling solution.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti

A brushed metal plate reinforces three inclined fans, affixed to a pair of large finned heat sinks. There are two 8mm and four 6mm copper heat pipes running through the cooling system, and underneath it all is a metal plate that serves as a heat sink for the onboard GDDR5 memory.

Each of the three PWN fans has 11 blades. They're clipped to the fins of the heatsink and positioned at a slight angle to reduce turbulence and increase the efficiency of heat transfer. Because everything needs a marketing term these days, Gigabyte calls this "Triangle Cool" technology.

We call it a massive cooling solution. All three 780 Ti cards in this roundup are large, though Gigabyte's is the biggest at 292mm (L) by 129mm (W) by 43mm (H).

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti Backplate

A reinforced backplate with side panel adds to the card's heft, ruggedness, and cooling potential. It also features a brushed metal motif along with the "GHz Edition" tag

As for the PCB it's designed to protect, Gigabyte went with an 8-phase power design compared to NVIDIA's reference 6-phase design. Gigabyte says this allows the MOSFETs to work at a lower temperature and provide more stable voltage output. In theory, this should extend the life of the graphics card too.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti Power Connectors

You'll need to a pair of 8-pin PCI-E connectors to power the card. If you're short on these but own a power supply that's capable of running a 780 Ti, you won't need to rush out and buy a new PSU, as Gigabyte includes a pair of Molex to 8-pin adapters.



Gigabyte's OC Guru II software provides a GUI frontend for the 780 Ti's vitals, including clockspeeds, fan speeds, power consumption, and several other tidbits. You can also use the software to overclock the card even further, or to dial back clockspeeds if a particular game is causing the card to crash.
 

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gigabyte ftw!

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Gigabyte video card crashed 2 time during stress test. How are they good? Evga is probably the best choice and MSI is probably a good choice. Gigabyte would be a buy if it was $50 cheaper.

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I liked the review Paul. The MSI card would be my choice, simply because it matches my MSI G45 Gaming Motherboard.

The lesser performance would be OK with me. It's not slower by a significant amount.

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Excellent review! Always love Gigabyte and MSI product, for EVGA i'm waiting for your presence here in ASIA region.

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I would go with the MSI. I am willing to sacrifice a couple of frames to save some bucks on the card AND my electric bill... although the latter would probably save me pennies rather than bucks :-P

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Any of them would be good for me. I'm sure that the Gigabyte card's problems will be resolved soon.

I like the way the MSI card looks, and it's shorter than the GB card.

EVGA cards have always worked well for me.

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gigagyte always the best!! and excellent review by the way.

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EVGA, Gigabyte the MSI for and yes I will take all 3 please ;)

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I'd go with the EVGA card, although it's the most expensive from my experience it's the most reliable and if anything does happen their customer support is outstanding!

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i would go EVGA for performance/quality... and MSI for looks :)

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