• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Core Clock: 876MHz
  • Boost Clock: 928MHz
  • Memory Size: 3072MB GDDR5
  • Ports: 1x Dual link DVI-I, 1x Dual link DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
  • Pros:
  • Very powerful
  • Near-silent operation
  • Headroom for overclocking
  • Power balancing feature
  • Cons:
  • Pricey
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike): 9,924 points
  • 3DMark (First Strike Extreme): 4,952 points
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0: 2,051 points

King Of The Mountain

The high-end graphics card market recently underwent a massive firefight as NVIDIA and their competitor both launched very impressive single-GPU cards and it seems like the title of “King of The Pixel Mountain” has once again fallen back into NVIDIA’s lap thanks to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Now we know we’ve seen quite a few variants of this card from NVIDIA’s partners but we were anxious to find out if the vanilla variant is just as “tasty” and the answer is a resounding yes.

 

Display ports on this powerhouse is the standard fare and supports up to four displays

Display ports on this powerhouse is the standard fare and supports up to four displays

For those of you who have seen the GeForce GTX Titan and GTX 780 before, the GTX 780 Ti looks very similar to both those cards in terms of design even down to the ports. Putting the topic of design aside, what really matters is the cards internals. It still relies on the 28nm GK110 core that boasts 7.1 billion GPU transistors but has an increased core clock speed of 876MHz; 7000MHz memory clock and 336GB/s memory bandwidth.
With those very impressive numbers, the card produces very impressive performance and it just sailed through even the most demanding benchmarks and games. It doesn’t matter if you have a vanilla card or a partner variant, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti will definitely be able to last you a few years before needing to upgrade to a newer card.

If somehow one of these cards isn't powerful enough for you, there's always a choice of going down the SLI route

If somehow one of these cards isn’t powerful enough for you, there’s always a choice of going down the SLI route

One of the best things about having NVIDIA’s very own cooling technology is the fact that not only does it do a good job at keeping the card cool even when under heavy load, it is also very silent. The only time it really made a racket was when we overclocked it and had to boost the fan speed up to a 100%.

 

Despite being able to produce very impressive performance, the card only has a minimum power requirement of 600W

Despite being able to produce very impressive performance, the card only has a minimum power requirement of 600W

Speaking of overclocking, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti has quite a bit of headroom for overclocking and we managed to boost its core clock up to 1150MHz where it produced a score of 5,858 in 3DMark’s Fire Strike Extreme test. Of course, we’re sure with a little more tweaking; those with a little more expertise with overclocking can actually make it go higher.

CHIP CONCLUDE: While the vanilla version of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti may not sport a custom cooler and overclocked core clock speed out-of-the-box, it is still a very powerful card and would make any gamer and power user giddy with excitement. However, with such impressive performance, the card also comes with an equally impressive price tag but then again, this is a pretty sound investment.

(previously published in issue March 2014)

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