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Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition Review

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Posted February 21, 2014 by Jake in Video Cards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $520
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Very aggressive factory overclock; Excellent performance; Low temperatures; Low noise
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Little leftover overclocking headroom
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Showcases an excellent combination of strong gaming performance, great cooling, and impressive performance..
by Jake
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Introduction

When we last looked at a powerhouse graphics card from Gigabyte, it was the GTX 780 OC model, bringing a factory overclock and custom cooler to gaming enthusiasts with a healthy budget who wanted excellent performance. Since that time we’ve seen the GTX 780 Ti hit the shelves, but that also left a hole in Nvidia’s lineup which was being attacked by AMD’s Radeon R9 290. In response, we’ve seen Nvidia move to plug that hole by tweaking what’s already out in the wild, and today we’re looking at just such a horse from Gigabyte in the form of the GTX 780 GHz Edition.

As you can probably guess, its approach comes in the form of aggressive overclocking, by juicing up the core past 1GHz, one of the fastest on the market. Gigabyte doesn’t normally just overclock their products, and indeed this model sports a stunning cooler that we’ve seen before: the Windforce.

We’ve been impressed in the past with Gigabyte Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It’s constructed in metal rather than cheap plastic, comes with three fans, heatpipes, and a boatload of cooling potential in a stylish gaming package. Factor in a very aggressive overclock on this card, and we are eager to see just how fast this thing can go.

Looks like a great card so far, so let’s get the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition on the bench and see how it performs.

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4 Comments


  1.  
    Bud

    I bought one of these cards in Dec for my new build, The performance out of this card is stunning. Not much room for ocing left on it but I was able to get another 40mhz out of the core speeds and theres room to oc the memory, I was hitting boost speeds out of the box of 1163 mhz and can get it to hit 1200 mhz (oc).

    Good read on the article, keep em coming!

    Cheers




    •  
      taylor 2 cool

      Yo man, I hate to rub it in, by my 760 OC Windforce I’ve gotten to 1235/1300 with NO artifacts or heat issues. Completely stable and burned it in tough on Furmark, 3dmark and multiple newer games. :-)

      I only could achieve a 200mhz boost on memory clock, which is considerably less than most of the guys out there with this card. But at a stock 6000, I’m not that worried about getting it much higher considering most of my games won’t even require that.

      In short, I payed 260$ for this card, and you payed almost double for yours. Sigh :-(




      •  
        Sandy Bruce

        Hey taylor,

        We are glad you took the time to read our review. However I think you are missing some very important information regarding the distinctions between a GTX760 and a GTX780. So we “hate to rub it in” that the GTX760 performs 30-40% lower then a 780 in almost every benchmark. Even with your claimed OC it still can not come close to a 780. Why you may ask? Its simple. The GTX780OC has 2304 CUDA Cores compared to the 1152 cores in a 760. The 760 comes with 2GB of memory on a 256bit bus compared to the 3GB on a 384bit bus found on the 780. More cores, More memory,Faster memory on a bigger bus equals a better overall GPU. The 760 is half the price of the 780 for a reason. It is half the GPU. :-) You have to look at the whole picture and not just the Core Clock speeds to determine if your card is better. Sigh :-(

        Sigh :-( Im thinking you should register for a forum account so you can gain the knowledge needed to compare GPUs correctly.





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