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

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. It should be noted that we average all of our test runs. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 335.23

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

test-system

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 1501 that came out on 01/15/2014. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-12-12-30 1T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements than the old Corsair AX1200 power supply that we used from 2012 till this year that had a loud fan that always ran.

gpu-test-system-specs

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

 

Component

 

Brand/Model

 

Live Pricing

 

Processor

 

Intel Core i7-4960X

 

Motherboard

ASUS P9X79-E WS

 

Memory

16GB Kingston 2133MHz

 

Video Card

 

Various

 

Solid-State Drive

 

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB

 

Cooling

 

Intel TS13X (Asetek)

 

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

 

Operating System

 

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

 

Monitor

 

Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

 

EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler GPU-Z Info:

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Gigabyte GTX 780 TI GHz Edition GPU-Z Information:

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MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Gaming GPU-Z Information:

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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.