NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Video Card Roundup – Tested at 4K

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Temperature & Noise Testing

Temperatures are important to enthusiasts and gamers, so we took a bit of time and did some temperature testing on the cards.

EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler Temps:

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Gigabyte GTX 780 TI GHz Edition Temps:

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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming Temps:

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At idle all three GPU coolers were similar and the cards idled at 23-26C. The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming card was 2C cooler than the other cards, so you can say that it had the best idle temperature. GPU-Z shows that the EVGA and MSI cards had an GPU voltage of 0.8750 at idle, which was slightly lower than the 0.8870V on the Gigabyte card. When gaming the EVGA and MSI cards hit 1.1870V, the Gigabyte card hit 1.200V. It is apparent that Gigabtye is running higher voltages across the board to reach the higher clock speeds that come on the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition card. The bad news for Gigabyte is that this made their card run the hottest at 78C. The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming came in at 75C and then the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti w/ ACX Cooling came in the coolest when gaming at 68C. The EVGA card is certainly the winner when it comes to load temperatures, but keep in mind the voltage and clock speed differences.

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Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

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Having low temperatures is nice, but most people are concerned about how loud a video card is in their system. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti cards that we looked at do greatly vary when it comes to gaming load noise. At idle speeds they are all right around 39.5dB and it is though to hear a difference between the cards on an open test bench. All of the cards had a slight touch of choke whine when when gaming, which is pretty common these days. At full lad the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz edition card was the loudest at 51.7 dB and then came the EVGA and MSI cards.

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  • AnotherReader

    I didn’t see any mention of the cables used to connect the computer to the monitor for 4K supoort. Display? HDMI? What spec revision? I think it is an often important detail that gets left out when it comes to 4K.

  • KenChan

    HI on your temperature graph you have swapped your Average idle colour with the Peak gaming one on the bottom left.

  • Mike O

    One comment on the review and one comment about the card in general. In the review there was no mention of anything about the warranties of these cards. Personally I always go with EVGA because of the extended warranty you can buy. I’m not aware of the other two offering this. At this price it’s nice to have the longest exchange warranty you can get. Speaking of price this is my next comment. This card is way too expensive. I don’t know what’s up with Nvidia but used to be the best card was in the $700 plus range. That’s just too much money Nvidia!

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I mentioned all three cards have a 3-year warranty on page one, but I didn’t mention anything about extended warranties. I’ll ask all three companies and see what they offer if anything.

    • Tom

      Never pick EVGA because of the warranty. They’re crooks about their warranty and deny it if you have even a scratch on the side of your gpu. The only way you’re getting your warranty is if when you send it in for RMA to insure it heavily with the post office when they deny your card for physical defects. They also offer once they deny the warrant to “repair” your card at full retail price. Crooks.

      • Mike O

        Not my experience with them. I’ve had two of their top end cards go bad over the years and it went like this. Called with the problem, got an immediate RMA, cross shipped the cards (I had paid for that cross ship option when I got the warranties), got the replacement card bada bing bada boom, done. It’s what has kept me with them.

  • Mike O

    You say the MSI and EVGA cards have a pair of 6 pin connections but the picture clearly shows a 8 pin and a 6 pin on both of them.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Good catch and updated

  • HotelQuebec

    How about stability? There are a lot of reports of factory OC instability on newegg.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      All three of these cards were totally stable at their base clock speeds. Stability issues only popped up when I would increase the power target and I pretty much left that alone when overclocking. In fact the EVGA and Gigabyte cards hated higher power targets and I left that alone. The MSI card could get away with 3-4% increases on the power target.

  • somedood

    Page 10, Noise Level Edge of MB – Peak/idle is swapped? Unless there’s some crazy vibration voodoo that makes the fans quieter as they spin faster.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Human error and I went ahead and flipped the bars in Excel! Thanks for the heads up as I missed that.

  • sepaV Vapes

    Great review! MSI product seems to have improved greatly while EVGA went down.