Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition Graphics Card Review
by Stuart Davidson - 4th February 2014
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition (OC Windforce 3) Graphics Card Review
Yesterday we took a look at a recent addition to the high end of the GPU market, a custom design overclocked AMD Radeon R9 290X. It went head to head with the similarly priced GeForce GTX in a selection of the latest games. Today we update that comparison with Gigabytes new GTX 780 Ti in its overclocked form. What does the extra price bump get us? Let's find out!
Our 780 Ti sample arrived in a plain box with no bundled items however the retail packaging is shown above. For those buying in retail expect to receive a bundle containing power cables, documentation and a software CD. In addition to this NVIDIA also bundle Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag.
Upon unboxing the Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti it is clear that it is significantly different to the reference design when it comes to cooling. Rather than the single fan cooler used by Nvidia we have a triple fan solution, called Windforce 3, which is designed to cool GPUs up to 450w. With a metal shroud and dual slot design it remains compact and durable with an impressive set of six copper heatpipes running through the aluminium fins (2x8mm, 4x6mm). Underneath the cooler however we have the updated Ti PCB and latest revision of the GK110 GPU (Kepler). We also retain the dual SLI connectors along the top edge of the card and note that Gigabyte install a metal backplate on the card for added stability.
Gigabyte bump the power inputs up to 2x 8-pin on their overclocked card which assist the PCIe slot in providing the cards 250w+ of power. For card outputs Gigabyte use the NVIDIA standard configuration of DisplayPort, HDMI and two DVIs. The HDMI is gold plated and the four connectors allow us to connect display configurations such as 3x1080p screens for 5760x1080 Surround gaming and with a fourth display then used for other software such as messaging, email, etc.
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