Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GK110 To The Max

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News Posted: Thu, Nov 7 2013 9:20 AM
While out at AMD’s tech days in Hawaii, a number of folks were chit-chatting about recent developments and some of our peers felt compelled to mention how “terrified” NVIDIA was of AMD Hawaii GPU, that AMD caught NVIDIA off guard, and that they wouldn’t have any real answer until well into 2014. We sat back and listened to all the chatter and wondered how these things could be said with such conviction. Quite frankly, it just didn’t make any sense to us. NVIDIA’s had the GK110 GPU that powers the GeForce GTX Titan, 780, and now the 780 Ti done for ages, and prior to today, the GPU’s full capabilities hadn’t been available on a consumer GPU. Remember, the GK110 used on the GTX Titan has one of its SMXes disabled.

Anyway, to think NVIDIA didn’t have something up their virtual sleeve seemed outlandish to us, and wouldn’t you know it, a couple of weeks removed from AMD’s launch and what do we have? A new flagship from NVIDIA that’s ready action. Take a look...

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

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

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Nov 7 2013 11:15 AM

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

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acarzt replied on Thu, Nov 7 2013 12:02 PM

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. :-)

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Marco C replied on Thu, Nov 7 2013 12:32 PM

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.

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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.

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Marco C replied on Thu, Nov 7 2013 7:13 PM

Where is there a single fanboi in this thread?

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

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Nov 7 2013 7:52 PM

Hahah.. that was funny Trev.

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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.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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

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CDeeter replied on Sun, Nov 10 2013 9:17 AM

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.

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

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Hail to the king baby

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i heard that this card is noisy

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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.

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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.

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AfkToilet replied on Tue, Mar 25 2014 1:20 PM

my system got a boner seeing this beauty !

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