Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The GeForce GTX 780 is an excellent all-around performer. As you would expect after perusing its specifications, the GeForce GTX 780’s performance falls in line just behind the GeForce GTX Titan, but well ahead of the GeForce GTX 680. The GeForce GTX 780 is also significantly faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Excluding Titan for a moment, it’s only the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690 and Radeon HD 7990 that offered better frame rates than the GTX 780, but with the added caveat that you have to deal with all of the issues associated with multi-GPU configurations.
The GeForce GTX 780 also performed well in terms of its acoustics, which are best of class, it overclocked well, and scaling in SLI mode was very good too.
Let’s get straight to the point—we really dig the GeForce GTX 780. As much as we love ultra high-end hardware like the GeForce GTX Titan, its 6GB frame buffer was major overkill and would do little for most gamers except increase the card’s cost. By bringing the card’s memory down to 3GB and harvesting GK110 GPUs with a couple of functional blocks disabled, NVIDIA is able to offer a card in the GeForce GTX 780 that performs very much like a Titan, but at a much lower cost. That’s good stuff if you ask us.
Of course, “lower cost” is a relative term. The GeForce GTX 780 is still a premium product, and as such, it commands a premium price. MSRP for the GeForce GTX 780 is $649—about $350 bucks less than the Titan or $110 - $220 more than a GeForce GTX 680. That’s not cheap, but enthusiasts that want the highest performing products have always had to pay-to-play. EVGA's GeForce GTX 780 is currently shipping on Amazon at this price.
Do we wish the GeForce GTX 780 was more affordable? Absolutely. But this is an awesome graphics card regardless. The GeForce GTX 780 offers killer performance, it runs super quiet, it’s easily overclockable, and it supports NVIDIA’s latest features, like GPU Boost 2.0 and Display Overclocking. Throw the GeForce Experience utility into the mix and there’s even more to like. If you’ve got the funds for a product like the GeForce GTX 780, by all means treat yourself. This is a great graphics card.