NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Review

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Overclocking the GeForce GTX 780

We spent a little time overclocking the GeForce GTX 780 to see what kind of additional frequency headroom it had left under its hood. For these tests, we used the latest edition of EVGA's Precision X GPU tweaking utility, which is designed to work with the new GeForce GTX 780.

Overclocking a Kepler-based GeForce GTX series graphics card requires a bit more tweaking then previous-gen products, due to all of the new options available and the complexities associated with GPU Boost 2.0. Sometimes, you’ll find that increasing a particular voltage or frequency may appear to function properly, when in fact performance decreases due to errors or throttling. You may also find that the actual GPU Boost clock may travel above or below the designated offset value when the power and/or temperature targets are also increased.

EVGA's Precision X Tweaking Utility Running On The GeForce GTX 780

We did a few things when experimenting with overclocked speeds on the GTX 780. First we tried the most basic option available--we simply changed the temperature target from the default 80'C and increased it to 90'C to see what kind of impact it would have on performance. Then, to push things much further, we increased the power and temperature targets to 106% and 94'C, respectively, and also increased the GPU and Memory clock offsets and ran a few tests.

Overclocking The GeForce GTX 780
Tweakin' The GPU

Ultimately, with some simple tweaks we were able to take our GeForce GTX 780's GPU to a perfectly stable 1.11GHz with 1581MHz memory (6324MHz, effective), up from the stock 900MHz / 6008MHz, respectively. While overclocked, the card showed some nice performance increases in both games we tested.

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