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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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Summary

The simple fact right up front here is that the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition improves upon its predecessors in nearly every regard, from performance and features, to temperatures versus power appoach. On the surface it may not seem significantly different; after all, it looks identical to Gigabyte’s OC model. That’s not a bad thing though, as you get the same great styling, excellent Windforce cooler, and strong performance we’ve come to expect from Gigabyte.

The features are excellent from Nvidia, as GPU Boost 2.0 also continues its evolutionary journey, now smartly focusing more on temperatures than power envelope. All but the most diehard overclockers out there will appreciate this approach, as lower temperatures and noise levels are the key to most gaming rigs, not benching stations. And on that front, the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition comes with an extremely aggressive overclock out of the box but the Windforce cooler manages to keep temperatures and noise levels impressively low.

The only downside we could note, if you want to call it that, is there isn’t much overclocking headroom left due to what you’re already getting out of the box. It’s a case of diminishing returns, though you’re paying about $50 extra for that extra OC boost. Enthusiasts might scoff, but not everyone is an overclocking disciple, so if you’re the “set it and forget it” type, then the extra horsepower here may well be worth the cash, as this GTX 780 GHz steps nearly into GTX 780 Ti territory for a much better price.

So then there’s the little matter of price. What does all this horsepower and innovation cost? $520, which is about the same as a R9 280X, which is a card that simply cannot come close to matching the gaming performance of this Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition. Unless you’re heavily into crypto mining, this card is clearly the best option, and certainly if you’re a gamer.

If you want a top graphics card and have the budget to support one of the best, you really can’t go wrong with the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition, showcasing an excellent combination of strong gaming performance, great cooling, and impressive performance..

Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition

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5 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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