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GTX 780 Stock and OC Review

The GTX 780 from nVidia

Yeah, you're damn right the 7 series is out. You can also bet it's a freaking MONSTER. Personally I've been waiting for this series to upgrade myself. You know, in the past if you've purchased a x80 card from NVidia you absolutely know without a doubt you're getting at least a top 4 performing card at time of release. If you recall, NVidia released a single GPU graphics card that absolutely annihilated the market. For a $1,000 price tag you get the single fastest GPU in the market, even today.

Yep... There it is sitting on the throne of #1, smug bastard. source
Imagine my shock when they released a card that is essentially on par with the Titan but $350 cheaper. Further imagine my shock when NVidia decided to distinguish the flagship x80 cards from their lower siblings

Enter the GTX 780

You know this guy is feeling power.
This card is wicked too, in every sense of the word (Yes, even the evil sense). Compared to the previous series, the 680 (which, let's admit here is a little disappointing) has no chance against this beast of a card. It boosts fasters, runs cooler, looks better, drives your car, does your laundry, takes your wife out to dinner, balances your checkbooks, and gives you a massive upgrade in FPS. In this article will look at a few games in various modes to see how it'll crush them.


(A note before we start, these benchmarks are from Anandtech. You can find more of them

Battlefield 3, Bioshock: Infinite, and Crysis 3. All three are solid graphic intensive games that have  a very high player base so we're on the right foot.
Right away, I want you to take a look at what's being compared here. The GTX 780, a single GPU card is competing with dual GPU cards. How badass do you have to be to take out two GPU's as a single card... (Answer: Chuck Norris). So besides being the Chuck Norris of graphics cards, it's almost a $1,000 card for $650.
The only game this card had trouble with was Crysis 3, and that game is an actual card destroyer. Even with that said, being overclocked means an actual performance increase over the $1,000 beast the Titan as well as on-par performance with the Dual GPU card. I was a little surprised this card didn't go over 80 fps on Bioshock: Infinite due to the game being based on Unreal engine 3.5 (it is quite an old engine). However the makers did tweak it and added more graphic intensity specifically to this game. 
Let' see what's behind the curtain of this crazy thing.


GTX 780: Stock                                                                     GTX 780: Overclock
  • 863 Mhz Core Clock                                                  -1063 Mhz Core Clock
  • 902 Mhz Boost Clock                                                -1102 Mhz Boost Clock
  • 1006 Mhz (1Ghz) Max Boost                                -1228 Mhz Max Boost Clock
  • 6 Ghz Memory Clock                                                 -7 Ghz Memory clock
  • 1.162v                                                                                -1.2v
One thing I noticed right off the bat is the voltage difference to get to higher clocks. To me, there isn't that much of a deviation. In fact since overclock voltage is so close to stock, temperature should be easy enough to maintain even by this overclock.



Temperature/Power Consumption

Big card, big performance, big power, right? Well, let's find out shall  we?

Plain and simple, yes this card is power hungry. Will it perform higher at a cooler temperature? No. But you should be expecting these anyway, more POWER. Stock up on those power supply unit's fellas because if you plan to SLI these you'll need a whopping 850w supply at least. It should also be at least 80 Bronze. Power shouldn't be an issue for most people buying this card though, seeing how we're probably all enthusiasts.
Temperature wise, at idle, this card will run at 30'C which is a lot cooler than my 43'C GTX 580 is currently idling at. If you buy this card from EVGA you can opt for a pretty unique cooler that I personally haven't seen done by EVGA. Besides graphics cards nowadays can take a beating of up to 100'C (I don't suggest running your card this high though as it's very stressful) so these thermal readings are decent.

Final Thoughts

Let me give you guys some advice, because you know that's what I'm here for. If you were planing on buying a GTX 690 or 770, save up that extra $100-$200 and just get a GTX 780. This card competes with the $1,000 Titan so why not just spend a little extra to have a card that will last you 1 to 2 years longer with absolutely prime performance?
"But Ritter, I want to save the extra money."
If you've got a job, money is a renewable source. Buy less beer, or cake, or burritos you fatty (Just kidding, those are all delicious). In all seriousness this card will set you for a solid amount of time and definitely will not disappoint you like your son who wants to major in art at a private university.
Pfft,who needs Math, Science, English or anything useful.
Here's a review from Newegg!

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