nVidia GTX 780Ti Founders Edition Review

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Instead of testing brand-new graphics cards as we usually do, we’re going back in time to one of the most potent GPUs available four years ago. The GeForce GTX 780 was the second card to be built on Nvidia’s Kepler architecture, which made its debut with the GTX 680 in 2012. It was released in May 2013.

A little while earlier, we received the GTX 780, a brand-new piece of silicon that increased the core count by a stunning 50% and took the die size to 561mm2, which wasn’t even the entire configuration. The GTX 680 was then upgraded as the GTX 770 with faster clocked GDDR5 memory. The GTX 780 Ti arrived six months after the GTX 2880 was released, enabling all 2880 CUDA cores.

While AMD’s Radeon R9 290 series proved to be the real problem, forcing Nvidia to make significant price cuts that reduced the GTX 780 from its initial MSRP of $650 to $500, where it was still a somewhat weak proposition against the less expensive, faster R9 290, the GTX 780 remained king of the hill for six months before the GTX 780 Ti shipped.

Since then, the R9 290 has consistently outperformed the GTX 780 in terms of speed, with many gamers lamenting the continuous decline of Kepler-based graphics cards like the GTX 780. The GTX 780 is reported to have disintegrated into a heap, producing performance comparable to that of today’s entry-level GPUs, in contrast to the R9 290 and its successor, the R9 390, which are still able to hold their own today.

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nVidia GTX 780Ti Founders Edition Specs

NameGeforce GTX 780Ti
ManufacturerNvidia
Launch Date7th November 2013
Bus StandardPCI Express 3.0
OpenGLOpenGL®4.6
Video Memory3GB GDDR5
Engine ClockGPU Boost Clock: 875 MHzGPU Base Clock: 928 MHz
CUDA Core2880
Memory Speed7 Gbps
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Size3GB
Memory Interface384-bit
ResolutionDigital Max Resolution 4096×2160
Interface2x DVI1x HDMI 1.4a1x DisplayPort 1.2
Maximum Display Support4
Dimensions26.7 x 11.1 x 3.8 Centimeter
Recommended PSU600W
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
TDP250W

NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, an enthusiast-grade graphics card, on November 7, 2013. The card supports DirectX 12. It was created using a 28 nm manufacturing process and is based on the GK110B graphics processor in its GK110-425-B1 form. Despite supporting DirectX 12, its feature level is only 11_1, which may cause issues with more recent DirectX 12 games. A huge device, the GK110B graphics processor has 7,080 million transistors and a die area of 561 mm2. It has 48 ROPs, 240 texture mapping units, and 2880 shading units. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti and 3,072 MB GDDR5 RAM from NVIDIA are connected by a 384-bit memory interface.

Memory is running at 1753 MHz, and the GPU is functioning at 875 MHz, with a boost to 928 MHz (7 Gbps effective).

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti is a dual-slot card that pulls power from 1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin power connectors with a maximum power draw of 250 W. Two DVI, one HDMI 1.4a, and one DisplayPort 1.2 are available as display outputs. A PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface is used to link the GeForce GTX 780 Ti to the rest of the hardware. The card has a dual-slot cooling system and measures 267 mm by 111 mm by 38 mm. It cost 699 US dollars upon launch.

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nVidia GTX 780Ti Founders Edition Gaming & Benchmarks & Performance

I tested 22 PC games at 1080p and 1440p resolutions to evaluate how the GeForce GTX 780, a once-powerful GPU, stacks up against more recent GPUs. While I’m sure many of you would have rather to see the R9 290 in this match, there is actually very little to no clock-for-clock difference between the 290 and 390.

In Far Cry Primal at 1080p, the GTX 780 isn’t noticeably slower than the 970, making it 24% quicker than the GTX 1050 Ti. However, it was 17% slower than the R9 390, which delivered an average frame rate of 63.

When converting to 1440p, the difference remained largely unchanged; the GTX 780 was 24% quicker than the GTX 1050 Ti but 14% slower than the GTX 970, putting it far below the R9 390 and other mid-range competitors from the current generation.

The outcomes of Hitman are intriguing. The GTX 780 is currently almost on level with the GTX 1050 Ti, whereas before it was found to fall in between the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 970, making it one of the slowest GPUs tested. Despite the fact that this game is sponsored by AMD, the R9 390 was still 74% faster.

With an average frame rate of 149, the GTX 780 also performs admirably in Overwatch at 1080p (it was only 4% slower than the R9 390).

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The GTX 780 maintains its strength at 1440p and puts up a respectable minimum frame rate. It was comparable to the RX 470 in terms of average frame rate and only somewhat slower than the R9 390.

 In GTA V nVidia GTX 780Ti Founders Edition maintains its strength at 68FPS AVG at 1080p with Very High and Ultra settings and 2xMSAA, with lows that are remarkably well-spaced at 50FPS and 41FPS 1% and 0.1%. Consequently, the 290X and 780 Ti, both reference cards with standard settings, come in second and third, respectively. The current GTX 1060 6GB Gaming X outperforms the previous flagship 780 Ti by an amazing 22% while averaging 83FPS.

Conclusion

Is the cost of this card reasonable? Given that it costs the same as the 4GB RX 400/500 series cards, I strongly advise against purchasing this card right now. I would only suggest it to nVidia enthusiasts because, despite having respectable performance, this card cannot compete with more recent models that feature 4GB of VRAM. Additionally, it consumes a lot of power, so you must bear in mind that you need a very powerful PSU for it. For the same price, you can get the GTX 1060 3GB version, which consumes less power and performs better, or my recommendation, the RX 400/500 4GB cards.

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Should you decide to purchase this card, the nVidia GTX 780Ti Founders Edition is a very dependable model with good build quality and stable temps, but it can be expensive and difficult to locate.

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