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EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified 3072 MB

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EVGA's GTX 780 Ti Classified is the fastest GTX 780 Ti we ever tested. It comes with a large overclock out of the box that makes it run above 1175 MHz most of the time. The dual-fan ACX heatsink also provides good cooling, resulting in low temperatures and a stable operation at all times.

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Given how well the MSI 780Ti Gaming card performed and in one store the price difference is £70, I don't see the relevance of the Classified unless it is given a defacto, special BIOS from EVGA. As it stands I think a lot of people are getting pissed off at mediocre overclocks and stability issues with current drivers and supplied BIOS. The VRM circuitry on this card should be allowed to prove itself but at the moment it seems EVGA have gone a bit quiet.

It seems the 780Ti chips are so good in general that it's hard to get a 'premium' card to outshine the rest.
 
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Given how well the MSI 780Ti Gaming card performed and in one store the price difference is £70, I don't see the relevance of the Classified unless it is given a defacto, special BIOS from EVGA. As it stands I think a lot of people are getting pissed off at mediocre overclocks and stability issues with current drivers and supplied BIOS. The VRM circuitry on this card should be allowed to prove itself but at the moment it seems EVGA have gone a bit quiet.

It seems the 780Ti chips are so good in general that it's hard to get a 'premium' card to outshine the rest.

Many people are whining, but that's because they can't go over 1.4v, you can still get up to 1.35v on this card, which you won't ever see on a reference card.

That alone makes it the best 780ti around imho.
 
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I really wish the overclocking section showed what the cards can do with higher voltage(also what temps we can expect with a voltage increase not just clock increase).
 
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Many people are whining, but that's because they can't go over 1.4v, you can still get up to 1.35v on this card, which you won't ever see on a reference card.
That alone makes it the best 780ti around imho.
Ahh, cool, thanks mate. I hadn't trawled through all the posts, didn't realise they were after more than 1.35v
I really wish the overclocking section showed what the cards can do with higher voltage(also what temps we can expect with a voltage increase not just clock increase).
W1zzard has always stated he reviews the card as it comes out of the box. Many people won't ever touch voltage and even then, results are never guaranteed.
 
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As usual, the Classified versions of cards always impress. However, I don't see an $800 price tag to be very eye-catching on the egg. No matter, people with expendable monies won't care one way or another. The Classified is the cream of the crop.
 
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Any chance of seeing a review for Gigabyte 780 Ghz edition and 780ti Ghz edition on this site?
 
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Ahh, cool, thanks mate. I hadn't trawled through all the posts, didn't realise they were after more than 1.35v


W1zzard has always stated he reviews the card as it comes out of the box. Many people won't ever touch voltage and even then, results are never guaranteed.

Yeah people on OCN tend to be a bit bitchy, but to be honest its a benching card and it should have unlimited voltage.

I can understand them though :)

I wish I could find a 780ti classy here that's not priced as much as Titan.
 
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As usual, the Classified versions of cards always impress. However, I don't see an $800 price tag to be very eye-catching on the egg. No matter, people with expendable monies won't care one way or another. The Classified is the cream of the crop.
If it helps, NewEgg dropped it down to $770.
 
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Yeah people on OCN tend to be a bit bitchy, but to be honest its a benching card and it should have unlimited voltage.

I can understand them though :)

I wish I could find a 780ti classy here that's not priced as much as Titan.
Here Titan is still about £800. I've seen this at reputable online sellers for £620.
 
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I can find Titan at 700€ here, 780tis at 540 eur and 780ti classies at 800 eur -.-
 
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Ahh, cool, thanks mate. I hadn't trawled through all the posts, didn't realise they were after more than 1.35v


W1zzard has always stated he reviews the card as it comes out of the box. Many people won't ever touch voltage and even then, results are never guaranteed.
I know it would mean nothing in the silicon lottery but what im interested is how the cooler will handle it.
 
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I'm surprised they still haven't fixed the fan whine. People have been complaining about that since the ACX was launched.
 
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I'm surprised they still haven't fixed the fan whine. People have been complaining about that since the ACX was launched.
I had this same fan whine with the regular 780 Classified. It was very annoying, luckily I was able to step-up to the vanilla 780Ti.

The reason why they can't fix the whine at certain rpms is because they are using the exact same heatsink and fan combination in all their Classified units. If you look closely at the fins on the heatsink, there are a whole batch that are not tied/boxed in, so the thin fins are just hanging loosely without any support. When the fan hits a certain speed range the air turbulence or vibrations make those loose fins shake/vibrate creating that annoying noise.
 

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I'm not saying you're wrong, but I haven't had a "fan whine" issue with my 780 Ti Classified.
then the speed difference between your two fans is such that the interference effect does not occur. it's due to manufacturing variances of the combination of both fans

Any chance of seeing a review for Gigabyte 780 Ghz edition and 780ti Ghz edition on this site?
I'm trying to get the 780 ti ghz from gigabyte

I really wish the overclocking section showed what the cards can do with higher voltage(also what temps we can expect with a voltage increase not just clock increase).
I do voltage tuning for some cards, not all, because it's extremely time intensive
 
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I know it would mean nothing in the silicon lottery but what im interested is how the cooler will handle it.
It won't. I could be wrong but i think most people going above that voltage level with the accompanying overclocks will require water at least. I know from the extensively massive Titan thread at OCN, 1.21-1.25 is as far as people are generally pushing on air with safety. Water is for 1.3 24/7 clocks and 1.4v+ is for benching or crazy folk like Radrok :D

I know the Classy has a far superior custom VRM section but the heat won't be easy to dissipate on air at 1.4v.
 
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It won't. I could be wrong but i think most people going above that voltage level with the accompanying overclocks will require water at least. I know from the extensively massive Titan thread at OCN, 1.21-1.25 is as far as people are generally pushing on air with safety. Water is for 1.3 24/7 clocks and 1.4v+ is for benching or crazy folk like Radrok :D

I know the Classy has a far superior custom VRM section but the heat won't be easy to dissipate on air at 1.4v.

I kinda miss ATI's reference design, I remember I could put 1.4v through 6990s without having an issue, other than water almost boiling in my loop. LOL

I'd be all over this if it had 6GB of VRAM.
 
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It won't. I could be wrong but i think most people going above that voltage level with the accompanying overclocks will require water at least. I know from the extensively massive Titan thread at OCN, 1.21-1.25 is as far as people are generally pushing on air with safety. Water is for 1.3 24/7 clocks and 1.4v+ is for benching or crazy folk like Radrok :D

I know the Classy has a far superior custom VRM section but the heat won't be easy to dissipate on air at 1.4v.

i flashed my titans and benched them heavily on h2o out side on -1c days, was able to land top 5 spots on 3dmark fs,fsx, 3dmark11 performance and extreme. Hwbot said 3rd fastest titian scores.

i was pushing 1.45v and i think i could have gone higher but the 1200psu was capping i believe.
 

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Maybe I'm missing something but the max GPU clock values in the Overclocking section show that the EVGA GTX 780 Ti SC ACX got 70MHz more than the Classified which is quite a big difference.

Are we going to attribute this to maybe just sample variation or is there something else going on too?
 
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Gigabyte 780ti Ghz Edition looks more promising. It's cheaper and comes with a backplate.
 
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Quick chart to compare them all (no total score bcs some of the scores don't make any sense :toast:)

 
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Ok review but can you please update your overclocking benchmark into something more demanding? I'd rather see the increases in something much more demanding than BF3 (maybe Far Cry 3 or Crysis 3?).

Most 780 Ti overclocks were pretty disappointing IMO. My stock 780 Ti can do 1150 with stock voltages.
 
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Wiz: Where are u seeing these Tis come w/ all 3 games? I got Batman w/ my MSI and now it seems u only get Ass.
 
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W1zzard said:
I'm trying to get the 780 ti ghz from gigabyte
Yush another one found wanting of a w1zzard review of this seemingly amazing card. Oh and thanks again w1zzard for having spend time contacting gigabyte

On another note: no backplate? here in Denmark it costs 6000 Dkr which equates to appr. 800€. Shopping such an expensive card and not providing a backplate is in my eyes an affront. That or I'm too old and grumpy...in a young age:)