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Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti: Review Benchmarks and Teardown

NVIDIA GTX 780Ti Review Benchmarks and Teardown

NVIDIA has just unleashed its secret GTX 780Ti. Unlike the GTX 780 and GTX Titan, it features over 2880 CUDA cores making it one of the most powerful graphics cards to date. Just how fast is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti? Check out our review below.

The Card

The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti uses the same cooler as the GTX 780 and GTX Titan but features a tinted window and black lettering. Otherwise, its identical.

Bottom

Side

Powering the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti requires one 6-pin power cable and one 8-pin.

PCB

Here you can see the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti with it's cooler removed. The board seems identical to the GTX Titan and GTX 780, however, many of the old watercooling blocks will not fit the GTX 780Ti. The card also features a B1 revision of the GK110 GPU.

IO Ports

On the back, you'll find one display port, one HDMI port and two DVI ports.

Specifications

The NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti feautres 2880 CUDA cores, 3GB of VRAM, a 384 bit bus and a base clock of 876 MHz that auto boosts to 928 MHz.

In comparison, the GTX 780 features 2304 CUDA cores. It also 3GB of VRAM on a 384bit bus and a 863 MHz base block that boosts to 902 Mhz.

Benchmarks

Temperature

After a 15-minute burn in using Furmark, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti stuck around 83° Celsius. It ran much cooler and quiter than the AMD R9 290X.

Graphics Tests

Battlefield 4

Being one of the most popular franchises to date, Battlefield 4 is the latest addition to the series that takes full advantage of the latest hardware. For our settings, we set everything to Ultra with 4x MSAA enabled. We tested on both 1920x1080p and 2560x1440p resolutions.

At 1920x1080 on Battlefield 4, the GTX 780Ti was able to get an average of 75.8 frames per second. In comparison, The NVIDIA GTX Titan was able to get 69.9 fps and the GTX 780 had an average of 63.3 fps. The GTX 780Ti in SLi had an average of 110.6 fps and the AMD R9 290X in Crossfire had an average of 101.2 fps

At 2560x1440 on Battlefield 4, the GTX 780Ti had an average frame rate of 52.1 fps. In comparison, the AMD Radeon R9 290X had an average of 45.3 fps. Furthermore, in SLI the GTX 780Ti had an average of 87.8 fps with the R9 290X in Crossfire getting an average of 76.2 fps.

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the NVIDIA GTX 780ti and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool under the 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 resolutions with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

In Bioshock Infinite, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti had an average of 110.9 frames per second. In comparison, the AMD R9 290X had an average of 95.5 frames per second.

When tested at 2560x1440, the GTX 780Ti had an average of 73.4 frames per second with 2x SLI getting 121.1 frames per second. The AMD Radeon R9 290X was able to get an average of 60.5 frames per second with 2x Crossfire getting 108.5 frames per second.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is still one of the most demanding games currently out on the market. It's able to put any graphics card through its paces by throwing everything at it. For the settings, we cranked the graphics to Very High with 4x MSAA on both 1080p and 2560x1440p.

On 1080p, The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti had an average frame rate of 54.5 fps while the GTX Titan had 53.6 fps. Compared to the AMD R9 290X, the 290X had an average of 50.2fps.

On 1440p, The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti had an average frame rate of 33.6 fps and in SLI, had 60.7 fps. Compared to the AMD R9 290X, the 290X had an average of 31.6fps with Crossfire showing 58.1 fps.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: 1920x1080p and 2560x1440p Full Screen, High graphics, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

At 1080p, the GTX 780 Ti had an average of 88 frames per second. In comparison, the GTX Titan had 84.4 fps, GTX 780 had 74.8 fps and the AMD Radeon R9 290X had 78.2 fps. When Tested in 2x configurations, the GTX 780Ti had 156.2 fps and the AMD Radeon R9 290X had 132.2 fps.

At 2560x1440, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti had an average of 53.6 frames per second with 2x SLI getting 98.7 frames per second. The AMD Radeon R9 290X was able to get 46.7 frames per second and 2x Crossfire was able to achieve 78.6 frames per second.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

In our last benchmark, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti achieved a FireStrike Extreme score of 4888. Although in games the GTX 780Ti outpaces the GTX Titan, it seems that in synthetics the two are not far off. In comparison, the AMD Radeon R9 290X had a score of 4847.

In dual-card tests, the GTX 780Ti's had a score of 8297 and the AMD Radeon R9 290X's had a score of 7846. This means that the multiple-card scaling for the GTX 780Ti is better than the AMD R9 290X.

2x, 3x and 4x SLI GTX 780Ti Benchmarks

Battlefield 4

Being one of the most popular franchises to date, Battlefield 4 is the latest addition to the series that takes full advantage of the latest hardware. For our settings, we set everything to Ultra with 4x MSAA enabled and set the resolution to 3840x2160p.

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the NVIDIA GTX 780ti and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool under the 3840x2160p resolution with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is still one of the most demanding games currently out on the market. It's able to put any graphics card through its paces by throwing everything at it. For the settings, we cranked the graphics to Very High with 4x MSAA on 3840x2140p.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: 3840x2160p Full Screen, High graphics, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

Conclusion

Overall, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti is the perfect card for your next gaming computer. It was the fastest in essentially all of our benchmarks. What's even more amazing is that the GTX 780Ti was faster than the AMD R9 290X while staying 10-14° degrees Celsius cooler. One downfall of the GTX 780Ti is that it features 3GB of VRAM as opposed to the GTX Titan's 6GB. This means that the GTX Titan could possibly outpace the GTX 780Ti in 4K resolutions. Stay tuned for our article/video on that. In the end, the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti is one amazing card that is sure to crush benchmarks.

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