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Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 May 2013, 14:00

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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System setup and notes

GeForce GTX 780 3GB specs

GPU Comparisons

Graphics Card GPU Clock
(MHz)
Stream
Processors
Shader Clock
(MHz)
Memory Clock
(MHz)
Memory Bus
(bits)
Graphics Driver Approx Price
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6GB 837 (876) 2,688 837 (876) 6,008 384 GeForce 320.14 £850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB 863 (902) 2,304 863 (902) 6,008 384 GeForce 320.18 £550
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2GB 1,006 (1,058) 1,536 1,006 (1,058) 6,008 256 GeForce 320.14 £360
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 772 512 1,544 4,008 256 GeForce 320.14 NA
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB 1,000 (1,050) 2,048 1,000 (1,050) 6,000 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £325
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 925 2,048 925 5,500 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £275
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 850 1,792 850 5,000 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £225
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 850 1,600 800 4,800 256 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 NA

HEXUS High-End Test Bench

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K (3.50GHz, 8MB cache, quad-core)
CPU Cooler Intel reference E97378-001
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
Memory 8GB G.Skill RipJaws (2x4GB) DDR3 @ 1,600MHz
Power Supply Corsair AX750W
Storage Device Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD
Optical Drive Generic 24x DVD-RW
Chassis Corsair Graphite Series 600T
Monitor Dell 3007WFP
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit, SP1)

HEXUS Super-High-End Benchmarking Suite

GPU Benchmarks Mode and Resolutions Quality Settings
3DMark DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,440 Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme
BioShock Infinite DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 Ultra + DOF
Call of Duty: Black Ops II DX9 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 8xMSAA, High/Extra Preset
Crysis 3 DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 4xMSAA, High Preset
DiRT Showdown DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 4xMSAA, Ultra Preset
Far Cry 3 DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 2xMSAA, Ultra Preset
Just Cause 2 DX10 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 8xMSAA, High Preset
CLBenchmark Complete test Default
General Benchmarks Description
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and while playing Far Cry 3
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Far Cry 3
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Far Cry 3

Testing notes

We've tested from the grounds-up for this card, and the drivers are the very latest from both companies. We've seen fit to add the GTX 580 so that you can compare against three top-line Nvidia GPUs of their generation. It's only fair to include the three best single-GPU Radeons, as well, while throwing a joker in the mix and showing you just how performance has improved from the first DX11 card released well over three years ago, the Radeon HD 5870 1GB has been benchmarked.

We're going to focus on the GTX 780, GTX 680, and HD 7970 GHz in the per-second frame-rate graphs. Nvidia's latest card should be better, but you'll have to read on to see by how much.