NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Ready To Become The Fastest Video Card

When we first told you about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan video card back in February 2013, we noted that it was powered by NVIDIA’s GK110 ‘Kepler’ GPU and that one of the Streaming Multiprocessors (SMX unit) was disabled. Our review on the GeForce GTX Titan 6GB showed that the card was easily able to beat any single-GPU powered card on the market at the time. NVIDIA followed up the launch of the GeForce GTX Titan 6GB with the more affordable GeForce GTX 780 3GB  that had two more SMX units disabled at the end of May 2013.  Those two cards were all that NVIDIA needed to dominate the high-end desktop graphics card market for nearly a year. Many gamers and enthusiasts forgot that a fully enabled Kepler GK110 GPU even existed. NVIDIA had certainly not forgotten, they just didn’t mention it. NVIDIA was keeping this trump card close to their chest and waiting for the right time to unleash the beast. 


When AMD released the Radeon R9 290X video card, they claimed it was the fastest in the world and our review showed that it was overall the gaming graphics card on the market at normal resolutions and then again when we tested it on a 4K monitor.  Around the time of the AMD Radeon R9 290X launch, NVIDIA announced that the would be releasing the GeForce GTX 780 Ti that would be their new flagship card. Shortly after that announcement, NVIDIA cut the prices some of the cards and said that the GeForce GTX 780 Ti would be $699.  This was a very unusual move as seldom do we see NVIDIA announce a card, let alone the pricing, weeks in advance.

AMD was able to say they had the fastest video card on the planet for exactly two weeks, but now NVIDIA has released the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and claim that they now have the fastest card in the world!

NVIDIA GK110 Block Diagram

Compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti has had 3 extra SMX units enabled inside the NVIDIA GK110 Kepler GPU.  This means that all 15 the SMX units in the 5 graphics processing clusters are now fully enabled and that the GK110 is running all out (unless there is a sixth cluster). The GK110 block diagram above shows all 15 SMX units on the GK110 Kepler GPU.  Each SMX unit has 192 CUDA cores, so the GeForce GTX 780 has 2304 CUDA cores and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti has a whopping 2880! This is a 25% increase in just the number of cores and that is before NVIDIA bumped up the clock speeds!


NVIDIA just didn’t enable more cores though and walk away. They also increased the GPU clock speeds on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti to 875MHz base and 928MHz boost from 863MHz base and 902MHz boost on the GeForce GTX 780.  This is a subtle 1.4% increase on the base clock and 2.9% on the boost clocks, but remember that the GeForce GTX 780 Ti has 25% more cores as well.  NVIDIA gave the memory a major 16.5% speed increase, so the 3GB of GDDR5 memory running on the 384-bit bus has increased from 6008MHz (effective) to 7000MHz (effective). This frequency increase has caused the memory bandwidth to go from 288.4 GB/s all the way up to 336.0 GB/s, so a 16.5% clock increase yields exactly that when it comes to memory bandwidth! 
Many were keeping their fingers crossed that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti would have more graphics memory, but NVIDIA left the frame buffer at 3GB.
  GTX 780 Ti GTX Titan GTX 780 GTX 680
GPU GK110 GK110 GK110 GK104
Streaming Multiprocessors 15 14 12 8
Stream Processors 2880 2688 2304 1536
Texture Units 240 224 192 128
ROPs 48 48 48 32
Core Clock 875MHz 837MHz 863MHz 1006MHz
Boost Clock 928MHz 876MHz 902MHz 1058MHz
Memory Amount 3072MB GDDR5 6144MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Clock 7000MHz 6008MHz 6008MHz 6008MHz
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 336.0 GB/s 288.4 GB/s 288.4 GB/s 192.26 GB/s
TDP 250W 250W 250W 195W
Suggested Power Supply 600W 600W 600W 550W
Transistor Count 7.1B 7.1B 7.1B 3.54B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Street Price
$699 $999 $499 EOL

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti looks virtually identical to the GeForce GTX 780 as it uses the same PCB design and GPU cooler. This means that the card is 10.5″ in length and that you’ll need a 600W or greater power supply with the needed 8-pin and a 6-pin PCIe power connectors for proper operation. We have a gallery of seven PR images of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card that you can scroll through below.

Since there are no visual changes other than the updated name on the fan shroud we’ll skip straight to testing.


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  • dadyal

    update your benchmarks with new drivers

  • David Calloway

    uh-oh….. looks like some gtx 780 ti’s are REALLY heating up in the Asian markets…… did Nvidia suspend gtx 780 ti sales in these Asian markets ?!?!

  • Mr. Wankinson

    I’m just going to drop this here: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1051386
    All the 290X really needs is proper cooling and a OC

  • Gallo

    I’ll take one. Cool and quiet, looks great AND beats 290X in most cases. Hello!

  • David Calloway

    Wow !!! There sure are a lot of used 780’s on Eb*y……meanwhile in a very luxurious board room in Santa Clara California ….. ‘ but sir…. do you really think they’ll sell at that price point? ‘…..( while laughing ) ‘ of course they’ll sell at that price point; our consumer research polls show that our customer base simply can’t help themselves.’….. and throughout the world the rustling of wallets and swishing of credit cards could be heard as green team loyalist geared up to purchase their second almost $700 gtx 780 for 2013…… : )

  • John

    Costs 27% more than a 290X with only 5-10% real world increase in performance.
    Costs 75% more than a 290 with only 10-25% real world increase in performance.

    Why are NV fanboys calling this a win?
    I’d be pissed if I bought a 780 at its launch and then this came out.

    • vick068

      why would people be pissed when they bought a 780 at launch? they had over 6 month to enjoy it.

      so by your logic, If you are always afraid that something down the road is going to devalue whatever you buy now you will never buy anything at all.

      you really got shit for brains if you truly believe that.

      • John

        And by your logic, everyone has $700 just lying around. You must have more money than sense.

        • jrabbit

          you really under-estimate how many people who can spend this sort of money, couple hundred dollars is honestly no big deal for a lot of people, usually these guys don’t go around forums complaining how expensive everything it, they usually just shutup and buy it and you never hear about them. people spend way more on travels, cellphones, decoration, clothing, handbags, arts and crafts, automobiles, various hobbies, you name it.
          if they truly enjoy this as a hobby or whatever means that justifies their means, they will spend that money. there is no point being all butthurt over it.
          deal with it, work harder, get a better job, or you don’t and keep complaining about how poor you are. peace out.

        • John

          Another example of someone who has more money than sense. Its not about ‘not’ having the money. Money is the least of my concerns. Its about spending it wisely. Which, obviously, neither of you have the sense to do, as a hobby, or otherwise.

        • themarkenone

          are you a Nazi supporter? who made you the police on how people should spend their money? gtfo of this forum you idiot.

        • John

          Now I’m a Nazi because I’m not dumb fuck that wastes money on NV’s stupid bullshit? Did you parents drop you on your fucking head? JFC, you retarded ass clowns are pathetic.

        • themarkedone

          You apparently have absolutely no idea how the market works, in fact, you seem to be completely foreign to how this world work, did you live in a cave for the past how many years? Do you really need to be taught something called reality for you to wake the fuck up?
          I guess all luxury items in this world should just disappear, luxury cars shouldn’t exist by your logic right? why are they still in business? oh right they are all stupid fucks, and you are the only smart person in the world. luxury clothing brands should all go bankrupt right? everyone who bought an apple were all stupid fucks right? because YOU ARE THE SMARTEST.
          You should probably check into a psychiatric ward and get it looked at because you clearly suffer from some severe delusional problems.

        • John

          Delusional? Ok, lets review this. You buy a video card for $700 and 6 months later they release an updated (i.e. its been unlocked) card that is significantly faster, for the exact same price. And you’re happy with that?
          I am fully aware of how the market works. This isn’t the same thing as when AMD outed their Ghz edition cards because you could just OC your card easily. No harm, no foul.
          These are fully unlocked cards, and they’re badass. But if I had bought an original 780 for that amount of money, only to have them release the exact same card, but unlocked for the same price, I’d be pissed.
          But you NV fanboys flock back to them for God knows what reason, yelling at them to take your money.
          Good luck in life, you’re all going to need it.

        • David Calloway

          I’m with you on this one John. It’d be like waking up to find out your $70K BMW M3 is now only worth $50K simply because it’s nine months old and the 2014 models have arrived. : )

        • Steve

          $700 is actually peanuts if you’re making a descent salary. You’re obviously not getting value for your money, but people willing to buy the latest and greatest aren’t aren’t thrifty penny pinchers like yourself. I have a friend who has purchased quad-titans when they first came out, sold them off, and is now going to buy quad-titan blacks. Has a fairly large nest egg of cash in the bank, and only makes a measly 90K a year. lol

        • Anon

          It was well known before the 780’s were released, that they were locked, and that a newer unlocked version would be released down the road. If you were one of those dorks that ‘jumped the gun’ and bought the original 780 @ $700 without doing research, and are now pissed with the price drop and newly released TI, then you were a fucking dumb to begin with, and deserve it. Seriously though, why do you honestly give a fuck? Idiot.

        • Obaman

          Hey ‘John’
          Just let me say that I agree with what you said in the beginning, you had a point that, yes, these 780tis are overpriced for what its worth.
          However, I would like point out that the 780Ti is widely accepted now as the fastest single GPU in the world, and these will be marketed as a premium product by anyone’s standards. Intel has been doing this, AMD has been doing, heck, every company out there has been doing this for as long as anyone can remember.
          So a markup on premium products shouldn’t be news to you, I honestly have no idea why you would be so surprised that there are people who are willing to pay a premium for these products. however I feel like you have dug a hole for yourself by dictating people’s spending habits, everyone have their own measure of value in their mind and you should respect that. I get that you don’t feel like these are the best purchase for you and that’s totally fine, nobody is forcing you to buy these products and neither should you be insulting anyone who does.
          just my 2 cents.

        • John

          And I totally agree about the premium. I merely said that I’d be pissed if I had bought an original.

        • Obaman

          Actually I’ve studied in the field of psychology for a while now, and there is something called the ownership phenomenon that people become attached tend to justify their decisions(whether its purchase or whatnot) despite what the outcome may be. They become optimistic to whatever object or idea they’ve made and the mind reassures that their decision is sound.
          And this may happen for either side of the group which is why arguments like these tends to spark and neither side will see the reasoning of others.

        • jrabbit

          Why is it any of YOUR concern how people should spend the money THEY made? Do you seriously have NOTHING better to do than trolling these forums and point out ridiculous crap like this? you seriously have priority issues in life and may I suggest getting out more and socialize with people instead of being an ass prick all the time. peace out.

  • Tony Velasquez

    Lol the guy below sounds like a Nvidia fan. I’ll go to whoever gives me best card for my money. Currently using GTX 570, but everything it’s pointing at 280x or 290

  • richardparker

    I bet you little AMD fucks had a nice little speech all prepared for the 780ti launch if they flopped but now gasping for air huh? After you wipe the blood from your buttholes go choke yourself on a nice juicy banana thank you very much.

    • Jereme Weatherbee

      Yeah totally butt hurt, I wish I would have waited on the 780
      ti such a stellar performance increase for only $150 more.

      Whats really sad seeing an OC’ed 780ti with the core @1,289.4 and the memory @1,900.8 with a Fire strike graphics score of 13418. overall score of 11735.

      While the poor little R9 290x @1,250 core and the memory @ 1,500 Scores a graphics score of 14585 overall score of 12655.

      Looks like mhz to mhz you get more performance out of the R9 290x.
      Plus whats up with the 780ti only having the ability to hit 106% power target? seems like it’s going to over volt like crap tbh.

      • basroil

        Poor little “1250MHz” 290X can’t actually keep that speed under default power envelopes. There’s now three sites confirming that the 290X cannot stay at 1000MHz without pushing it’s fans beyond 50% to a noise level that makes gaming without noise cancelling headphones difficult. 1250 would require you take apart the card to install a third party cooler, and likely mandate your PSU be outside specifications when providing power to the 12v lines (needs to provide more power than 8+6pin 12v + 75W PCIe should give).

    • Kif12345

      so let me get this straight.

      – 780ti barely beats the 290x for 2-4 fps in some games
      – 780ti is as loud as 290x

      – Power consumption is higher than 290x
      – Temperature is lower but still 84 degree is very high.

      and all that for $700. 150 more than 290x and $250 more than 290. lol

      I better wait for the non-reference AMD 290 (without the x) only for $399.

      Nvidia will always be overpriced.

      • themarkenone

        way to twist the truth

        it’s common knowledge that 780ti is around 10-15% (13%avg) faster than 290x while producing less noise and temperature, and doesn’t throttle.

        as for your 2-4 fps class, that is utter BS, in some games we see as much as 10+ fps difference, I remember when 290x benches were out, AMD trolls were calling for “massacres and destructions” when it beat 780/titan by a only few frame rates, and now the same trolls turned the table on this one. Oh the irony!

      • Ko zhi yi

        I have no issues with Radeon or GeForce, so I credit wirh Radeon

  • Tony Velasquez

    150$,more than the 290x for 5-10 frames it’s not worth it though

    • basroil

      5-10 frames? Look again, the 1440p+ numbers are twice that when both systems are overclocked. After all, nobody cares about base speeds with cards like this.

      • Tony Velasquez

        Believe or not most people do care about base speeds… Reason being they don’t wanna run into problems with overclocking

        • basroil

          There’s a little thing called factory overclocking. There are already 780Ti cards with base clocks of 980+ (10%), and exactly zero 290x cards on newegg with factory overclocks. And while even a 5% overclock on AMD cards is risky, Fermi and Kepler cards can easily be pushed 10% without issue. The reviewers here went on a ridiculous streak and bumped clocks up 25% and still kept 80c, compared to a max of 10% on the 290x with a dangerously high 90C+.

          Normal users would likely get neither card though, most would go with a 770/290 at most, probably 760 and 280x, and high end cards are far more likely to be overclocked (factory, post, or both) than what “most people” would use.

        • Tony Velasquez

          Well like I said most of my customers buy 780 for the simply reason they Wanna run their games with everything in ultra without any issues. Not all pc gamers know how to build a computer or how to overclock. (currently working as a sales guy for a computer store. Microcenter.)

        • basroil

          Those same people also don’t care if one card is better than another period, they just assume more expensive is better 😉

          We need to assume at least a reasonable level of computer competence, even if most people are dumb enough to never look at FPS numbers.

    • Ko zhi yi

      When AIB start producing their own custom design (especially Asus DirectCU II though, then it is not worth it). I personally pick a R9 290(X) DirectCU II or Vapor-X in the future

  • Scott Schuster

    I noticed that your card is only running on a PCI Xpress 2.0 Bus. Won’t that hinder the results?

  • richardparker

    I sense a MASSIVE amount of butthurt incoming by AMD fanboys around the world.

    • 63Jax

      really? this is all you got? this all you knowledge about technology? lame brother, lame!

    • David Calloway

      Nothing like the hurt felt by early gtx 780 adopters that can now finally purchase a fully enabled gtx 780 for roughly what they paid at launch. Nvidia sat back, took everyone’s cash and now to remain competitive launch a true $700 card. wow

      • mokobon

        I’m not hurt at all, buddy. I’d rather have my custom cooled gtx 780 right now for a much cheaper price and overclock it to specs of a 780ti. Better than wasting the extra dollars on braggin rights.

        • David Calloway

          I agree, the standard gtx 780 is finally priced right.

    • Kif12345

      said the delusional Nvidia fanboy.

      Keep buying those Nvidia overpriced products while its laughing at you..

      • 64jax

        Just remember one thing:
        the poor always got something to complain.

      • Ko zhi yi

        TBH, I no longer follow Techpowerup GPU reviews anymore. THeir test benchmark has shown to heavily favour NVIDIA. Imagine a GTX 680 beats both 7970GHz edition and R9 280X? A joke.