Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Review

Published by Christian Ney on 06.12.13
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General + -
We were quite impressed with the new Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti  GHz Edition as it did really good in our tests, had a decent factory overclock and featured a really good custom Windforce 3X 450W triple fan cooler. The manufacturing quality is very good and the backplate is definitely a must when you are looking at a premium graphics card. It is, at least currently, the fastest GTX 780 Ti graphics card on the market, and with 1'085MHz base clock and 1'150MHz GPU Boost clocks, it will be quite hard for other manufacturers to come up with a faster GTX 780 Ti.

On the other hand, we would have really liked that Gigabyte paid more attention to the bundle since after all this is a premium product. The Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition should be eligible for Nvidia's game bundle that includes Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Despite doing a good job in keeping the temperatures of the graphics card down we would appreciate if the cooler was just a tad bit less noisier under load.
  - Performance
- Factory Overclocking
- Cooling
- Design
- Backplate
- Bundle
- Noise level under load
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
As noted earlier, the Windforce 3X 450W triple-fan cooler is very good and definitely runs circles around the reference solution, but it is still a bit behind from some other solutions on the market including the MSI Twin Frozr IV Advanced when it comes to raw performance. It does a great job in keeping the graphics card cool way above its advertised Boost clock and there is not much that you can ask from it. 

As far as the noise goes, the GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition is noiseless in idle and could be a bit quieter under load. The noise under load is not bad, but although the card can be considered as silent, we would have liked it to be even more silent.
  - Inaudible in 2D - Could be quieter under load
Performance   + -
The performance is where the GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition really shines. The performance ends up around 15 % faster on average than nVidia's reference GTX 780 Ti.

The reference GTX 780 Ti is already quite a fast graphics card and performance gain on the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition ranges from a flat zero in some games like Borderlands 2 or Skyrim to a rather impressive 22 percent in more demanding game titles like the Crysis 3 or the Metro: Last Light.

The power consumption of the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition is very good in idle with power consumption of the entire setup at 48W. Under load, the new GTX 780 GHz Edition pulls quite a few Watts but it still manages a quite good performance per Watt ratio. The performance per Watt ration was actually quite good and very close to the reference model which puts the new Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti GHz very close to the very top of our performance/watt table.
  - Performance
- Power consumption
Recommendation / Price   + -
Unfortunately, we still do not have any information regarding the price so we will update it when the new GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition becomes available.

In the meantime we can say that it is a good card, if the price premium is not that high, making the GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition one of the best GTX 780 Ti graphics cards on the market. We recommend this card as an alternative to the more expensive GTX Titan and reference GTX 780 Ti since the 780 Ti GHz Edition is faster, less expensive (compared to the Titan) and quieter.
  - Gaming
- Overclocking
We gave the GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition from Gigabyte 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

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