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Reviews

"With the release of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti NVIDIA is once more left solidly in control of the single-GPU performance crown. It won’t quite get to claim a massive performance advantage over its closest competitors, but at the end of the day it’s going to be faster than any other single-GPU card out there. This will break down to being 11% faster than Radeon R9 290X, 9% faster than GTX Titan, and a full 20% faster than the original GTX 780 that it formally replaces. GTX Titan is still very secure in its place in the market as a compute card, and so there it will continue, a position that reflects the fact that there’s little need for NVIDIA to keep their gaming and compute products commingled together as a single product. Though we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if NVIDIA made additional prosumer products of this nature in the future, as GTX Titan clearly worked out well for the company."

"Beyond the raw frame rate performance results, there’s an incredibly alarming difference between the architecture of these two products. On paper it might appear that both products feature similar power management technology, which limits clock speeds and the amount of boost overclock based on application needs and/or temperature. Typically you won’t see obvious differences between how this is accomplished on mainstream graphics cards, but at the top-end they become impossible to ignore. It’s true that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti is built in the image of GTX TITAN and GTX 780 combined, which is to say that the card operates within a certain power envelope to ensure TDP (and hence heat output) are kept under control of the card’s thermal management system. In the event fan power increases, whether automatically or forced manually, the blower motor is optimized for low noise output. The same cannot be said for AMD’s Radeon R9 290X, which sounds and feels like a blow-dryer set to high under moderate load. GTX 780 Ti might have a 10% performance lead, but it outperforms R9 290X by 100% when it comes to noise and heat levels.

In conclusion, GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the gamer’s version of GTX TITAN with a powerful lead ahead of Radeon R9 290X. Even if it were possible for the competition to overclock and reach similar frame rate performance, temperatures and noise would still heavily favor the GTX 780 Ti design. I was shocked at how loud AMD’s R9 290X would roar once it began to heat up midway through a benchmark test, creating a bit of sadness for gamers trying to play with open speakers instead of an insulated headset. There is a modest price difference between them, but quite frankly, the competition doesn’t belong in the same class. GeForce GTX 780 Ti delivers performance beyond expectations, offers a myriad of proprietary technologies that enhance the user experience, and challenges game developers to build even more realism into their titles. "

"The 780 Ti on paper looked awesome and once on the test bench was nothing short of amazing. The new Shadowplay feature is awesome and allows an amazingly capable video recording with real time encoding directly on the GPU to keep system performance hit to a minimum and drive space also will be affected much lesser than some other methods which were employed previously. AMD tried to answer the 700 series with the R9-290X, which does a good job on the performance side, but the heat and acoustics are simply unacceptable."

"With the R9 290X effectively taking the wind out of their enthusiast lineup, NVIDIA needed to answer back in a big way and that’s exactly what they’ve done. The GTX 780 Ti is quite simply the fastest single core graphics card on the planet and more importantly, it doesn’t require insane fan speeds or rampant power consumption to reach its full potential. Against AMD’s cards the GTX 780 Ti really flexes its substantial muscle. It thoroughly outclasses the R9 290X from a raw framerate perspective even though many of the games we are using can be considered “AMD friendly”. Even in Uber mode, the 290X was cleanly beaten in most games. We can’t consider the R9 290 a fitting competitor.

The real differentiator between AMD’s and NVIDIA’s high end cards boils down to usability. The R9 290X is loud and power hungry while the GTX 780 Ti performs better, uses less power and is noticeably quieter. Let’s put this into perspective. To achieve comparable results on a reference R9 290X, you’ll need to pump up the fan speed to obscenely high levels and pray that PowerTune doesn’t slap your overclock down to lower levels. Conversely, getting similar acoustical results as the GTX 780 Ti would push the R9 290X into such low framerates, it would likely be beaten by an even wider margin. The GTX 780 Ti is everything we expected and more. It is extremely fast, consumes less power than the R9 290X and remains whisper quiet regardless of how much load you put it under. That’s a noteworthy achievement for NVIDIA in the face of an odd push towards justifying overly loud acoustics in favor of performance. Currently, there isn’t a better card available for gamers who don’t want to buy a water block or custom heatsink to ensure optimal framerates. "

"While out at AMD’s tech days in Hawaii, a number of folks were chit-chatting about recent developments and some of our peers felt compelled to mention how “terrified” NVIDIA was of AMD's Hawaii GPU, that AMD caught NVIDIA off guard, and that they wouldn’t have any real answer until well into 2014. We sat back and listened to all the chatter and wondered how these things could be said with such conviction. Quite frankly, it just didn’t make any sense to us. NVIDIA’s had the GK110 GPU that powers the GeForce GTX Titan, 780, and now the 780 Ti done for ages, and prior to today, the GPU’s full capabilities hadn’t been available on a consumer GPU. Remember, the GK110 used on the GTX Titan has one of its SMXes disabled. Anyway, to think NVIDIA didn’t have something up their virtual sleeve seemed outlandish to us, and wouldn’t you know it, a couple of weeks removed from AMD’s launch and what do we have? A new flagship from NVIDIA that’s ready for action.

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. NVIDIA has done it again. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the highest performing single-GPU powered graphics card we have tested to date. "

 

"It’s worth pointing out again that Nvidia has made huge improvements on the software side of things as well. Not only do they have great integration with their Shield handheld console, but things like Shadowplay where they take advantage of the H. 264 video encoder build into ever Kepler GPU to seamlessly record your last 10-20 minutes of gameplay footage like a DVR. Their GeForce Experience is quickly becoming an experience that most gamers aren’t going to want to miss out on. "

"NVIDIA has managed to take back the performance crown and release a card that we have enjoyed using. We spent some time yesterday playing Battlefield 4 with the GeForce GTX 780 Ti at 2560×1600 with Ultra settings and had a perfect gaming experience. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the fastest single GPU-powered card on the market today."

"With the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, NVIDIA has snatched the single-GPU performance crown back from the clutches of the recently launched Radeon R9 290X, and not just by a small margin either, but by a landslide. We'll cover the R9 290X "Golden Sample" controversy below, but for now let's focus on the GTX 780 Ti. Like all Kepler cards it runs very cool, and very quiet. Even with its extra cores and faster RAM it is typical to see it hit about 82C under load, and at that temperature it was barely audible in testing. This is the exact same experience we had with the GTX 780 before it, and the GTX Titan as well. These cards run very quiet, and never get too hot. And now that the R9 290X is out, the Nvidia cards seem downright chilly by comparison. The GTX 780 Ti kicks the crap out of everything, by a lot. We're used to seeing a few frames per second difference between one card and another when comparing cards of the same generation, but the GTX 780 Ti is just in a league all by itself. Nothing else even comes close, not even the mighty Titan, which costs $300 more. Of course, the R9 290X costs $150 less, so there's that to consider, but the end result from these tests is one simple statement -- Nvidia makes the fastest single GPU in the world, period."

"At stock speeds the temperature delta between the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X is 14 °C in favor of the GTX 780 Ti. Overclocked with the fan running at 100% the delta shrinks to 2 °C, again in favor of the GTX 780 Ti. What stands out most here is the noise penalty you pay when running the cooling fan at 100%. On one hand with the 290X you have a howling beast that is ridiculously loud; loud enough to wake the dead it would seem. Imagine a vacuum cleaner stuffed in your case and cranked up, then block the inlet airflow so it takes that pitch a little higher. You know what I'm talking about since all of us at one time or another were fascinated with the sounds at one point in our lives. Up to around 50% fan speed the noise was not bad at all on the R9 290X. That level is where you find the GTX 780 Ti with the fan spinning at 100%. Locked in a chassis it’s not bad and will not wake your "neighbors."

In my testing, a boost clock speed of 1291MHz was reached with a memory speed of 1940MHz for a stunning improvement in 3DMark scoring. The baseline clock speeds for the GTX 780 Ti are 875MHz on the core with a typical GPU Boost 2.0 frequency of around 928MHz over a wide array of games. During my testing, I never saw speeds drop below the 928MHz threshold. A much different strategy than what we recently saw with the R9 290X, which when run in Quiet Mode would shed clock speed as fast as donuts disappearing at the morning roll call at your local police department. No such troubles here. Both manufacturers use dynamic clock speeds, but it's how well it's implemented that makes the difference once the cards heat up during gaming. This is where we see another point of difference. The vapor chamber cooling solution used by NVIDIA for its GTX 700 Series Kepler cores has been rock solid in terms of cooling efficiency and the low noise profile it uses thanks to the improved fan algorithms implemented over successive launches. Part of the reason is the larger core, which provides more area to shed the heat load due to a lower thermal density of the silicon; the rest is all in the heat sink design. Cool and quiet running is where NVIDIA is headed.

When you look at the cooling comparison, the GTX 780 Ti is a cooler, quieter running card thanks to the more power efficient design. You really do not have a noise penalty when cranking up the fan speeds on the GTX 780 Ti – it's a noise that is more like a gust of wind than a squirrel screaming for mercy on a treadmill. If you are looking for the next best thing, it's here and it's called the GTX 780 Ti. "

"The new GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB takes back the crown and title of the fastest single GPU graphics card on the market. It does this with a full GK110 powering it, 2,880 CUDA cores running at a base clock higher than the original GTX 780 AND has a GDDR5 memory bus running at 7.0 Gbps. All of this adds up to performance that is beating out the GTX 780 (non-Ti), the GTX TITAN and the Radeon R9 290X. In my testing, the GTX 780 Ti was able to maintain a 10-15% performance advantage over the R9 290X in our most demanding games at 2560x1440 and 3840x2160. If we compare SLI and CrossFire, the advantage here still lies with the NVIDIA's multi-GPU solution. CrossFire has been improved dramatically since we first found problems with frame pacing this year but it still has room to get better. NVIDIA's pacing technology is more refined and produces results that are much more consistent."

"When the dust settles, though, GeForce GTX 780 Ti does emerge as the fastest single-GPU graphics card you can buy for common enthusiast-class resolutions. It houses an incredibly complex processor and does a superb job keeping the chip cool, quietly. Living in Bakersfield, where it gets into the 100-degree range during summer, I particularly appreciate 780 Ti’s consistent performance. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to figure out how to get GeForce GTX 780 Ti into my mini-ITX Tiki. The card may be a little rich for my budget, but the fact that it’ll fit—physically and electrically—is nothing short of amazing."