Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The GeForce GTX 780 Ti's performance was excellent across the board. Its beefier GPU and higher memory clock allowed it to overtake the mighty GeForce GTX Titan and original GeForce GTX 780. And in the majority of our tests, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti was also able to outpace the Radeon R9 290X. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti also split with the R9 290X when tested at a 4K resolution, the GeForce offered more consistent frame times than CrossFired Radeons when running in a dual-GPU SLI configuration, and they ran cooler and quieter too.
The GeForce GTX 780 Ti - $699 MSRP: Find it on Amazon when available
Well, that didn't take long now did it? Roughly two weeks after AMD released the Radeon R9 290X and captured the single-GPU performance crown, NVIDIA has rained on AMD's parade and released a new flagship of their own, that's not only outperforms the 290X overall, but it does so at lower temps, with less noise, and with lower power consumption. GeForce GTX 780 Ti / 780 / and 770 buyers will also receive a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, plus $100 off a purchase of a SHIELD portable gaming device. Couple all that with the inconsistency and throttling issues coming to light with AMD's latest parts and it's game-set-match NVIDIA, right? Well. Maybe. But not quite.
While the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is quieter and faster than the Radeon R9 290X overall, it's arriving at $699, a price roughly 20% higher than the Radeon's. That's justifiable in light of the card's performance, bundle, and other desirable characteristics, but the game may change when AMD's partners ready custom versions of the 290X with higher clocks, and quieter, more capable coolers, and the Radeons' larger 4GB frame buffer may pay dividends as 4K monitors become more prevalent--time will tell.
For now though, NVIDIA has done it again. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the highest performing, single-GPU powered graphics card we have tested to date.