Product on Review: GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5
Manufacturer and Sponsor: NVIDIA
With AMD driver enhancements, the HD7970 had stolen back the performance crown from the GTX 680. That was until the advent of the extraordinary NVIDIA GTX TITAN. The GTX TITAN was however out of many enthusiasts reach because matching that extra ordinary performance was an extra ordinary price. Performance enthusiasts were left with a very difficult choice, save the pennies and look on with envy or go for broke (literally) and stump up the £900 it costs to pay for the TITAN. NVIDIA have never been a company to leave a market untapped though and to plug the gap between the GTX680 and the GTX TITAN we today sample the GTX 780, a new member to the GeForce family.
Based on the same GK110 core found on the formidable NVIDIA GTX TITAN, the GTX780 is the latest high end card from NVIDIA to hit the market. As with all new graphics cards expected to hit the market, the rumors run rife, some with surprisingly accurate information, others less so. We can confirm today that the card has 3GB of GDDR5, 50% more CUDA cores than the GTX680 and encompasses a 384-bit memory controller. This equates to a 34% increase in performance over the GTX680 and a whopping 70% over the GTX580 (source: NVIDIA).
For the overclockers, you will be happy to hear that the GTX780 utilises GPU Boost 2.0 complete with overvoltage unlocking. GPU BOOST 2.0 changes it's restrictions away from power vs. clockspeed to temp vs. clockspeed so instead of a defined power target determining the GPU clockspeed, overclocking is now dependent on a defined temperature target. This makes cooling even more important and thankfully NVIDIA have this covered with the same cooling taken from the GTX TITAN - high performing yet whisper quiet.
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