EVGA GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooler 3 GB Review 95

EVGA GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooler 3 GB Review

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NVIDIA's latest addition to their lineup is the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Built around a fully unlocked GK110 Kepler GPU, it comes with 2880 shaders, which boosts the card's performance beyond that of the GTX Titan. Unlike the GTX Titan, which has 6 GB, the GTX 780 Ti comes with 3 GB, but that difference won't have an effect on even the latest titles.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is designed to be a gamer's card throughout. It has all the muscle any game could possibly need, and has another thing going its way: better thermals. Despite the "GK110" featuring more transistors than "Hawaii" (7.08 billion vs. 6.20 billion) and, hence, a bigger die (561 mm² vs. 438 mm²), GK110-based products are inherently cooler because of higher "Kepler" micro-architecture performance-per-watt figures than AMD's "Graphics CoreNext," which translates into lower thermal density. These should in turn translate into lower temperatures and, hence, lower noise levels. Energy-efficiency and fan-noise are really the only tethers NVIDIA's high-end pricing is holding on to.

Today, we are reviewing the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti SuperClocked with ACX cooler. As the name suggests, the card is overclocked out of the box, up from GTX 780 Ti's reference 876 MHz to EVGA's 1006 MHz. EVGA uses a GTX 780 Ti reference design PCB, but slapped the ACX cooler we've seen on several other models before on the card. EVGA's ACX cooler should produce better temperatures and noise, and performance, too, since NVIDIA's Boost 2.0 algorithm takes temperatures into account.

With a price of $730, the GTX 780 Ti SC w/ ACX is $30 more expensive than the NVIDIA reference design. Read on to find out if the card is worth the price increase.

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Market Segment Analysis
GTX 680
GTX 780
R9 290
R9 290X
HD 7990
GTX Titan
GTX 780 Ti
780 Ti SC
GTX 690
Shader Units15362304256028162x 20482688288028802x 1536
ROPs324864642x 324848482x 32
Graphics ProcessorGK104GK110HawaiiHawaii2x Tahiti GK110GK110GK1102x GK104
Transistors3500M7100M6200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M7100M2x 3500M
Memory Size2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB3072 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit384 bit512 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit2x 256 bit
Core Clock1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+1006 MHz+915 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz1502 MHz
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