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

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Overclocking

We installed a third party overclocking utility and pushed the core clock up as high as we could for overclocking. We overclocked the memory on each card up to 7400MHz from 7000MHz. With that memory overclock you have about 355GB/s of memory bandwidth and that certainly won’t be limiting performance in any game title, so we focused on the core clock on our overclocking journey. Since we were overclocking several cards we left the voltages at their default settings and pushed the clock speed on the 2880 CUDA cores as high as we could with gaming stability. The EVGA and MSI cards have a VDDC of 1.1870 and the Gigabyte card has a VDDC of 1.2000, so we’d expect the Gigabyte card to overclock higher since it is getting more voltage.

EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler Max OC:

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The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ ACX got up to 1305MHz on the core! This was good enough for a 3DMark Fires Strike score of 11,313.

Gigabyte GTX 780 TI GHz Edition Max OC:

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition card got up to 1268MHz on the core as they card was having stability issues when we went above +40MHz on the core. This small boost was enough to give us a 3DMark Fire Strike score of 11,628.

MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming Max OC:

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The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming was able to get up to 1313MHz and had the highest core clock of all the three cards. The 3DMark Fire Strike score was 11,379, which wasn’t the highest of the group though. 

 At the end of the day the EVGA and MSI cards were able to run 1305-1310MHz and the Gigabyte card hit 1268MHz. We were a bit shocked that the Gigabyte card had the best score and was the ‘worst’ overclocker of the bunch as it had the most voltage. All of the cards performed within 3% of eachother, so none of these overclocks are significantly different in the big picture.

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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.