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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

All three of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti video cards that we looked at today are excellent examples of what companies can do on their flagship models. Each of these cards have been customized with better components to allow for higher clock speeds, lower temperatures and reduced noise levels. None of them have any obvious flaws and we did run each one of them on our test bench and personal gaming system for a couple weeks where we were able to pound on them and actually use them.

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The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked card had the lowest clock speeds of the bunch, which is unusual as EVGA often uses fairly aggressive clock speeds on their SC models. EVGA offers seven GTX 780 Ti cards, so it appears that EVGA was a little conservative on this model as they needed to leave some room to differentiate the the GTX 780 Classified and GTX 780 Classified K|NGP|N Edition cards that feature higher clock speeds than this Superclocked model.Overclocking performance was superb as we were able to get beyond 1300MHz on the core clock when gaming with no voltage increase needed. The noise levels were right in the middle of the two cards and the ACX Cooler allowed this GTX 780 Ti to have the lowest temperatures at load of the three.  The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB w/ ACX Cooler is sold under part number 03G-P4-2884-KR for $729.99 ($719.99 after rebate).

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition video card was hands down the winner when it came to benchmarks thanks to the rather high base clock of 1085MHz and 1150MHz boost clock. This ~75MHz advantage gave it significant performance boost over the other two cards. The only real downside to this particular model is that Gigabyte had to increase the GPU core voltage in order to run these speeds and that means more noise and heat. The Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X 450W GPU cooler looks good, but this card ran the hottest and the loudest of the three. We were expecting to see some crazy overclocking results with this card, but was only able to get it up to 1268MHz before we started getting artifacts in games. The card boosts up to 1228MHz with the default settings, so this is just a 40MHz overclock. If you want to have a fast GTX 780 Ti and don’t want to mess with overclocking this card is for you as long as you are okay with the higher fan noise. The GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB is sold under part number GV-N78TGHZ-3GD for $724.99.

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The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti GAMING 3GB is an interesting card mainly due to the price point. The performance on this card was solid thanks to the 1020MHz core clock and 1085MHz boost clock. This card had the largest fans and the spin slower, which meant that it had acceptable load temperatures and the lowest fan noise at load of the three cads. The MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti GAMING 3GB video card was able to be overclocked up to 1313MHz on the core. This made it the highest overclocking card of the bunch.   So, how much does this card cost? How about $699.99 or currently $669.99 after a $30 rebate. That makes it $50 to $55 less expensive than the EVGA and Gigabyte models.

All three of these NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti video card models qualify for the Daylight game promotion, so you’ll get a key for the first game title that uses Epic Game’s Unreal Engine 4. If we had to pick one card of the three to purchase right now we’d have to go with the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming due to mainly the low price point, excellent overclocking and the fact that it had the lowest fan noise when gaming. Without the $30 rebate it would get a bit tougher as all three are really solid cards and it depends on what your top selling points are!

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Legit Bottom Line: EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI have taken the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti and taken it to the next level with their custom 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.