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

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

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EVGA is one of NVIDIA's closest hardware partners. The company offers a wide range of GeForce 780 Ti graphics cards -- seven in all -- ranging from a reference build on up to overclocked models with pre-installed waterblocks. The card EVGA sent us for this evaluation is the Dual Classified w/ ACX Cool (03G-P4-2888-KR).

EVGA Dual Classified GeForce 780 Ti w/ ACX

The custom ACX (Active Cooling Xtreme) cooler dominates the card's design with a large plastic shroud containing a pair of double ball bearing fans with nine blades apiece. EVGA's fans blow cool air over the large aluminum heat sinks, which offer 40 percent more volume than the reference heatsink. According to EVGA, this design results in 15 percent lower GPU temperatures, 15 percent lower memory temps, and 7 percent lower MOSFET temperatures.

Several heat pipes snake through the dual heat sinks underneath the shroud. One of EVGA's goals with the ACX cooler is to distribute airflow as evenly as possible, which is where the dual design comes into play. It also helps reduce turbulence between fans for superior cooling and less noise.

EVGA Dual Classified GeForce GTX 780 Ti Back

Around back the PCB sits naked, though this is a little deceiving. Instead of installing a backplate, there's a sturdy baseplate attached to the other side of the PCB to prevent it from bending. This type of reinforcement is important as graphics cards continue to get bigger and heavier, especially on higher end models with high price tags.

EVGA Dual Classified GeForce GTX 780 Ti Power Connectors

While NVIDIA's reference design calls for 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-E connectors, EVGA's Dual Classified w/ ACX model requires two 8-pin connectors. If all you have are 6-pin connectors, EVGA includes a couple of 8-pin adapters.

Sitting next to the power inputs is a little white nub that allows you to switch to a secondary BIOS. This is intended to let you experiment with custom BIOSes without breaking the card if something goes awry.



EVGA offers enthusiasts a range of software tools. One of the more well known is EVGA Precision, a monitoring and overclocking utility that works with both EVGA brand and third-party graphics cards. Combined with the secondary BIOS option, there's quite a bit here for power users to play with.
 

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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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