Overclock That GeForce! Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC & GTX 780 GHz Review

By on November 11, 2013, 11:44 PM

The graphics card market has experienced some amazing turns lately even though AMD and Nvidia haven't made serious architectural changes in 2013. Most recent GPUs have been rebadges, while a handful are just extensions of previous-gen technology, including the flagships from both camps. The R9 290X's Hawaii XT core boosted the performance of the HD 7970's Tahiti XT core around 38% with a memory bus that's 33% wider, while the GTX Titan is powered by a version of the GTX 680's GPU, except it's 90% bigger!

Enter new production versions of the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti: As if it wasn't already fast enough, Gigabyte has armed its GTX 780 Ti with a massive air cooler that allows its variant of Nvidia's newcomer with a 17% overclock. The company has also been working on other overclocked GTX 780s, including a "GHz Edition" allowing a core clock of 1.02GHz or 18% higher than the standard version of the card.

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Guest said:

Just water cool at R290 or R290x and have a money shower with all the left over cash.

Xtreme gamer said:

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

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Steve Steve said:

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

Don't beat yourself up about it, this stuff is impossible to predict. Hell AMD and Nvidia have little idea what they are releasing half the time and the pricing is made up almost on the spot.

2 people like this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Thanks for the very comprehensive review Steve

Just water cool at R290 or R290x and have a money shower with all the left over cash.

Well, if you don't already have a watercooling loop then you'll have to factor in a pump, radiator, reservoir/T-line, tubing, fittings, and fans. An AIO might be cheaper - but substantially less effective...and at $100 your money shower might be a loose-change-down-the-back-of-the-sofa shower. Probably better off waiting for the vendor boards with proprietary air cooling since they will only be fractionally more expensive (if at all) than the reference cooler.

Or you could buy the reference card, stick one of these on it, and sell the reference blower/shroud to an orchardist looking for a cheap bird scarer - you might break even on the deal.

Polaco Polaco said:

How can a card that performs 10-20% faster than $500 less models achieve a "90 points outstanding" review? This seems way contradictory

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

How can a card that performs 10-20% faster than $500 less models achieve a "90 points outstanding" review? This seems way contradictory

What $200 card is 10-20% slower than the GTX 780 Ti ?

:mathfail:

1 person liked this | Polaco Polaco said:

Sorry my bad, I rephrased the comment incorrectly. 100 bucks more for 10% extra performance?

"Cons: Pricey, pricier and priciest they are, too. At $500+ or more, you can expect to pay a serious premium over AMD's $400 Radeon R9 290, which is often similarly fast".

1 person liked this | GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

I agree with you there, the 780 with a heavy overclock performs just a little above an 290 and right around a 290X where as the 780ti with its ghz edition cooler is a nice step up from its stock version and performs really well for a strong single GPU card (Ironically in Crysis 3 it was the best). My favorite part of the review was reading the GTX 780ti OC (Overclocked) part, seemed funny reading that it was an overclocked card that was overclocked :p.

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

Meh, just overclock the life out of it, you've got an excellent performing card that will overclock with ease. Honestly no one saw this coming, I mean they slaughtered one of their own cards priced 350 bucks higher on a whim.

Sorry my bad, I rephrased the comment incorrectly. 100 bucks more for 10% extra performance?

"Cons: Pricey, pricier and priciest they are, too. At $500+ or more, you can expect to pay a serious premium over AMD's $400 Radeon R9 290, which is often similarly fast".

Well you have to look at it this way, the card is the "Single Fastest GPU Money can buy" at the moment. With that overclocked GHz version and cooler, its a very fair amount of power and performs beyond well in most games. Yea a 290X is a significantly better price point card and performed close to it without being overclocked, but its still not as fast as a 290X. The price point will of course scare most people off because its such a premium, most people if they want a single GPU and read benchmarks will probably grab a 290 and like stated above grab an aftermarket cooler for some overclocking headroom and a much more silent run.

This windforce edition cooler is so nice, its probably in my top 3 favorite coolers (Air) for years now because it has such a nice cooling system and allows for such robust overclocks. Great review as always.

Edit: You know, thinking about this more and more, you know what coolers I miss seeing These Bad Boys, I mean I had 2 of these and man were they great. I wish PNY would do some of these on some of the 780ti. I was able to get 980mhz core clock on both cards and still maintain a very cool card (Though I hate letting a card run warm and told the fans to spin up to 100% at either I think 65 or 70 Celcius. Even though I Went back to custom loops, I felt cards like this were just a great idea for those who wanted serious overclocking without having to go to extremes.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

How can a card that performs 10-20% faster than $500 less models achieve a "90 points outstanding" review? This seems way contradictory

What $200 card is 10-20% slower than the GTX 780 Ti ?

:mathfail:

So, AMD has the killer price point and except for the hot operation (improved cooling solutions on production should solve that) they are the best value in the high-end segment by far.

In scoring the Gigabyte GTX 780 cards we didn't just consider the GPU positioning as we would on a day-one NDA release, but also considered what makes the Gigabyte cards special. We loved their cooling design and performance boosts were achieved with no sacrifice on that department (or noise). Besides, when you see the whole picture, if the Titan was a great uber expensive solution a few months back, why not give props to the GTX 780 Ti that overcomes it at a discount, even more so when overclocked.

Guest said:

I have a EVGA 780 Ti arriving from Amazon tomorrow. Some crazy individual bought my 780 on eBay for $550. ;-)

PC nerd PC nerd said:

nVidia takes the crown again.

I feel bad for AMD.

Guest said:

I don't like how values percentages as card x/ card y. A video card cannot be operated in a vacuum. I would prefer the percentage be computer system x / computer system y. For example, computer x with a R9 290 would cost 1400 vs computer y with a 770 ti would cost 1700- only an 18% difference.

PC EliTiST PC EliTiST said:

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

You should feel bad, it's justified.

Paying as much for a single GPU is the reason Nvidia keeps gettings us naked.

1 person liked this | hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

You should feel bad, it's justified.

Paying as much for a single GPU is the reason Nvidia keeps gettings us naked.

Um, 290X buyers have a LOT more to pissed about. They paid $150 more than a 290 for ~5fps. There is NO reason to buy a 290X now. Unless you really really really like the letter X.

Dat 780 Ti OC doe! O-M-G!

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

The graphics card market has experienced some amazing turns lately even though AMD and Nvidia haven't made serious architectural changes in 2013.

I'm with you that nVidia has not made any serious architectural changes 2013 but how can you say that about AMD? Hawaii XT has 6.2billion transistors vs 4.3Billion of it's predecessor, the die is 438mm vs 352mm with a 512bit memory interface?

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Um, 290X buyers have a LOT more to pissed about. They paid $150 more than a 290 for ~5fps. There is NO reason to buy a 290X now. Unless you really really really like the letter X.

Dat 780 Ti OC doe! O-M-G!

If your going to make that argument, lets say the same for the rough gain of a 780 vs a 780ti, the limited increase in FPS mixed with the 200 dollar price hike when you can easily bump the clocks on a 780 to match it with ease does the exact same thing. The 290 to 290X argument can be viewed as the same thing, however even at that, the price to performance ratio is still significantly better for the 290x.

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I'm with you that nVidia has not made any serious architectural changes 2013 but how can you say that about AMD? Hawaii XT has 6.2billion transistors vs 4.3Billion of it's predecessor, the die is 438mm vs 352mm with a 512bit memory interface?

Architecture is the underlying IP of the GPU. In effect, Hawaii is a tweaked version of Bonaire (GCN 1.1) and Tahiti (GCN 1.0) - and why AMD don't make a big song and dance about the differences in Southern Islands, Sea Islands, and Volcanic Island families. GCN 2.0 is a tweaked 1.1 which is a mildly tweaked 1.0. Principle differences are just an internal realignment of logic blocks ( 4 geometry processors rather than 2, flat address instruction added etc).

Architecture typically refers to the core (shaders, pipelining, command process) while memory controllers are "uncore" and largely of fixed function.The uncore ( memory controllers, GDDR5 interface, I/O, thread dispatch) having a lower transistor density than the core takes up a fairly large part of the GPU area (typically ~50%), so increasing the memory controller count and memory interface by 33% ( from 6 to 8 IMC's) accounts for a big chunk of the increased die area.

If your going to make that argument, lets say the same for the rough gain of a 780 vs a 780ti, the limited increase in FPS mixed with the 200 dollar price hike when you can easily bump the clocks on a 780 to match it with ease does the exact same thing. The 290 to 290X argument can be viewed as the same thing, however even at that, the price to performance ratio is still significantly better for the 290x.

Except that the price /performance ratio is basically meaningless at this level of expenditure. The target market is performance with pricing a somewhat distant consideration. You can say that the 780/290 is within shouting distance of the 780Ti/290X when overclocked, but it still doesn't negate the fact that the 780Ti/290X can in turn be overclocked - and in the 780Ti's case, very significantly for little downside.

If you simply must have the highest performing card then you will be paying for that privilege. Price-to-performance actually makes little sense once you get past the $200 market segment. Once you get into the $400+ market the justifications are largely artificial.

JC713 JC713 said:

Lolz I have a friend who is selling his 2 Titans and waterblocks for 2 of these xD.

Would the 13.11 beta 9.2 driver effect much in this benchmark?

1 person liked this | iatacs19 said:

I really appreciate your tests including 2560x1600 resolution. Thank you.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Would the 13.11 beta 9.2 driver effect much in this benchmark?

Depends what your definition of "much" is

[link] implementation. Some cards throttle worse than others. Chassis airflow and ambient temps are also going to play a part. Quiet mode isn't that much of an issue since I doubt that many would be using it in practice. In Uber mode you're still better off manually setting the fan higher to eliminate throttling issues...or taking matters a little further

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Except that the price /performance ratio is basically meaningless at this level of expenditure. The target market is performance with pricing a somewhat distant consideration. You can say that the 780/290 is within shouting distance of the 780Ti/290X when overclocked, but it still doesn't negate the fact that the 780Ti/290X can in turn be overclocked - and in the 780Ti's case, very significantly for little downside.

If you simply must have the highest performing card then you will be paying for that privilege. Price-to-performance actually makes little sense once you get past the $200 market segment. Once you get into the $400+ market the justifications are largely artificial.

As I recall didnt you just give an argument regarding people being foolish for spending an extra 150 in the 290-290X case or the likes on the 290 review or something along the lines of devaluing the card immediatly?

On one you even posted before linking showing the results of BF4 with OC on 780ti, 780, 290, and 290x showed up to 4FPS I believe at max overclocks on stock coolers (I believe around 1250mhz for the 780ti and 290x was 1150)? I dissagree with your argument however on price to performance past 400 bucks, but at the same time your right as in going for the top of the market, many people find little concern about spending the money because they want the top tier card. Hence why im looking at the 290X vs the 780ti, it just takes alot more to justify a minimum for me of 1600 dollars with waterblocks versus spending around 1300 for 290X with blocks.

In this regard, im waitng for some Dual 8 Pin MSI or Asus Variants of the 290X and 780ti to come out for better voltage control to see how they perform with heavy clocking (Though the 780ti versions are already out it would seem) because thats what I shoot for when looking at a single GPU card.

Edit:...Did I really just spend time reading that some guy cut part of his card off to improve airflow...Thats not going to void warranty or anything lol.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

As I recall didnt you just give an argument regarding people being foolish for spending an extra 150 in the 290-290X case or the likes on the 290 review or something along the lines of devaluing the card immediatly?

Yes.That is my personal opinion.

What you quoted referred not to my personal opinion but the reality of "the target market". The market that says a 290X is worth $150 more than the 290, and a 780 Ti is worth the same price difference over the 780.

I'm also well aware that my personal opinion and the reality of the market don't necessarily coincide. If they did then there would be no market for the 290X and 780Ti. There is obviously a market since they are being purchased.

You might also note that the 780Ti OC OC'ed post you're referring to was in reply to Burty117's musings about purchasing the card. As a responsible person I should point out the general foolishness of performance at any cost...as an enthusiast I couldn't be happier if someone's desire to turn up the dial to 11 outweighs economic sense.

Having said that, I might well buy a GTX 780 Ti Classified if it overclocks like a maniac. Why? because the absolute fun of tinkering with it will probably outweigh the expenditure downside.

I have a pretty good idea of what the price will be and how much it will devalue as soon as a 4000 core Maxwell (or Pirate Islands) show its head, so that doesn't factor into my equation. What does factor in is the enjoyment of trying squeeze as much out the hardware as possible and a non-reference power delivery system capable of effecting that. Being stuck with a mid range GTX 670 OC paired with a 2560x1440 screen for the past year has ably demonstrated that I'm not throwing enough money into my passion. I don't apply my personal motivation to the vast number of graphics card buyers.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Yes.That is my personal opinion.

What you quoted referred not to my personal opinion but the reality of "the target market". The market that says a 290X is worth $150 more than the 290, and a 780 Ti is worth the same price difference over the 780.

I'm also well aware that my personal opinion and the reality of the market don't necessarily coincide. If they did then there would be no market for the 290X and 780Ti. There is obviously a market since they are being purchased.

Having said that, I might well buy a GTX 780 Ti Classified if it overclocks like a maniac. Why? because the absolute fun of tinkering with it will probably outweigh the expenditure downside.

I have a pretty good idea of what the price will be and how much it will devalue as soon as a 4000 core Maxwell (or Pirate Islands) show its head, so that doesn't factor into my equation. What does factor in is the enjoyment of trying squeeze as much out the hardware as possible and a power delivery system capable of effecting that. Being stuck with a mid range GTX 670 OC paired with a 2560x1440 screen for the past year has ably demonstrated that I'm not throwing enough money into my passion. I don't apply my personal motivation to the vast number of graphics card buyers.

Never said anything devaluing your opinion, just mentioned that you stated something along those lines.

Your right, we can justify our price expenditure on either card because when someone looks at the top card, they are looking at the top card, not so much the price. Every buyer is differnt and will view their purchase ideals differently, I have been ridiculed at LAN events for buying 2 Dual GPU cards in my machine by people with one GTX 670, HD 7970, or something like that wondering why I would spend the money. Most of the time, my response is &%$# you thats why to them.

If the classified cards do overclock further than some of the ones ive seen by a significant margin, ill probably join you in that regard because then I could justify buying a card, putting blocks on it and getting the core to 1300-1350mhz (1400 if lucky) like that.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

^ :popcorn:

Lol.

Anyways, love the Windforce cooler, excellent GPU selection.

I have a GK-104 Windforce 3X and its as good as it gets for air cooled.

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Steve Steve said:

The graphics card market has experienced some amazing turns lately even though AMD and Nvidia haven't made serious architectural changes in 2013.

I'm with you that nVidia has not made any serious architectural changes 2013 but how can you say that about AMD? Hawaii XT has 6.2billion transistors vs 4.3Billion of it's predecessor, the die is 438mm vs 352mm with a 512bit memory interface?

Per what you have said about AMD is exactly what Nvidia did, they did the same thing

The architecture hasn't changed for either side, it's just gotten bigger.

Derek Zoolander: I don't wanna hear your excuses! The GPU has to be at least... three times bigger than this!

GTX 680 vs. GTX 780 Ti - 3.5 billion transistors vs. 7.08 billion transistors, 294mm2 die vs 561mm2 die, 88% more CUDA cores, 50% more bandwidth.

How does that not but them in the same boat?

I don't like how values percentages as card x/ card y. A video card cannot be operated in a vacuum. I would prefer the percentage be computer system x / computer system y. For example, computer x with a R9 290 would cost 1400 vs computer y with a 770 ti would cost 1700- only an 18% difference.

Ron Burgundy: I... I don't... I didn't understand one word you said.

JC713 JC713 said:

Depends what your definition of "much" is

[link] implementation. Some cards throttle worse than others. Chassis airflow and ambient temps are also going to play a part. Quiet mode isn't that much of an issue since I doubt that many would be using it in practice. In Uber mode you're still better off manually setting the fan higher to eliminate throttling issues...or taking matters a little further

Haha it seems like the driver made an already noisy and hot card worse xD! Thanks for sharing these benchmarks.

PC EliTiST PC EliTiST said:

I bought a 780 lightning not long ago...

I am annoyed.

Live and learn...

You should feel bad, it's justified.

Paying as much for a single GPU is the reason Nvidia keeps gettings us naked.

Um, 290X buyers have a LOT more to pissed about. They paid $150 more than a 290 for ~5fps. There is NO reason to buy a 290X now. Unless you really really really like the letter X.

Dat 780 Ti OC doe! O-M-G!

This is the reason I got the 7950 ( not 70 ) and if I was in the market for a card, I'd certainly go with 290 ( not 290X ).

Coincidentally, I have the Gigabyte model and the cooler is truly good and silent. The problem is, Gigabyte was cherry-picking AMD7000 series those with the worst ASIC quality. I don't know why, though.

1 person liked this | GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Haha it seems like the driver made an already noisy and hot card worse xD! Thanks for sharing these benchmarks.

Not really, it fixed it to what the pre-sent models were doing so in reality it just made them actually act like the ones we saw in the reviews. Kinda a weird bug that it was not doing what it was supposed to, but I guess things happen, not the worst thing to ever happen.

Besides @JC713, the 290/290X cooler has an multiple uses other than cooling your GPU, you could use it for blow drying you hair, an nice fan to cool you down in summer heat, a space heater, and many others, the possibilities are endless. When is the last time NVidia created a card with that many features :P

I really wanna see someone push this card to its limits, the 780ti could hit 1400mhz core and that would be awesome.

Guest said:

The 780TI OC is the one for me. Quality, speed and , quiet!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I hope MSI makes a Lightning edition, Unfortunately I fell out with Gigabyte over a GTX260 when the cooler on it had dodgy fans, even after being replaced the next one still had a fan which just got stuck after a few weeks of use.

After reading this I may bite the bullet and go for a custom cooler rather than the stock one, as cool as the stock one looks if you can get that much more out of the card with a third party cooler on this beast I may as well!

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I hope MSI makes a Lightning edition
Would that be any different than the Twin Frozr edition?

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Would that be any different than the Twin Frozr edition?

Well if past Graphics card's are anything to go by, yes, if you check out the 780 Lightning for example:

http://uk.msi.com/product/vga/N780-Lightning.html

And the OC Twin Frozr Edition:

[link]

The lightnings always have a different power delivery system so you can overclock them more, a better cooler to cope and are clocked as standard higher.

1 person liked this | GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Would that be any different than the Twin Frozr edition?

Essentially, a Twin Frozr is just a reference card with their twin frozr cooler on top. The Lightnings have a better lightning cooler and like @Burty117 said, a better power delivery system for extreme overclocking. That's what I would get if I were buying this card, or the EVGA version.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The lightnings always have a different power delivery system so you can overclock them more, a better cooler to cope and are clocked as standard higher.
Ahh, thanks for pointing that out.

The reason I asked was because I found a Lightning edition that looked the same as my GTX 660 Twin Frozr. I'll be damned if I can find it again though. I also came across this page while searching.

Lightning Series graphics cards

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

or the EVGA version.

Yeah, I am very tempted by the EVGA versions my problem is, around here in my group of friends they all go EVGA and it feels a little "main stream" if you will xD

I've always liked MSI Graphics Cards and they always get really good ratings, it's a shame they take so long to bring out Lightning editions, I'd assume though this shouldn't take too long considering they already have a 780 version.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Yeah, I am very tempted by the EVGA versions my problem is, around here in my group of friends they all go EVGA and it feels a little "main stream" if you will xD

I've always liked MSI Graphics Cards and they always get really good ratings, it's a shame they take so long to bring out Lightning editions, I'd assume though this shouldn't take too long considering they already have a 780 version.

Yea, I like EVGA, though I hate the price of their waterblocks, thats really the only problem with going with the classified versions is those pricey classified blocks (Or buy the classified one with the block attached). The Lightnings tend to be for me a little more reasonable at times and deliver close if not the same performance and be a little more flexible in terms of water blocks (Though I have not kept up to date if the PCB on these lightnings are still able to fit reference versions). I also like the Asus ones, but man those 3 slots really knock it off my list even if I put a waterblock on it because you cant change out the front cover to a 2 slot design.

Im probably this round going to compare the Lighting 290X and 780ti and decide which one I feel like going this round, no matter what im grabbing 2 of whatever card I choose with space for a third in the future for when my wallet reloads :P.

JC713 JC713 said:

It is very interesting to see the performance of the OCed version of this card. It seems like a beastly OCer.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

It is very interesting to see the performance of the OCed version of this card. It seems like a beastly OCer.

I would expect nothing less from a 3 fan cooler made by gigabyte, those coolers in my opinion are some of the best if your going with a straight air cooler.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Yeah, I am very tempted by the EVGA versions my problem is, around here in my group of friends they all go EVGA and it feels a little "main stream" if you will xD

But best warranty bar none. If you plan on keeping the card for less than three years, then EVGA is the way to go since the warranty is attached to the card- not whomever owns it at the time.

EVGA also are including Rise of the Triad as well as the three games generally bundled with the card ( AC4, Batman:AO, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist)

Bear in mind that the SuperClocked is just a clock boosted reference card. For a proprietary power delivery you'd need to go for the FTW or HydroCopper (8+2 phase), or Classified (14+2 phase) when they come out

I've always liked MSI Graphics Cards and they always get really good ratings, it's a shame they take so long to bring out Lightning editions, I'd assume though this shouldn't take too long considering they already have a 780 version.

The Lightning cards of late aren't binned particularly highly for air cooling. They are generally high leakage parts more suited to sub-zero overclocking. The Gaming Edition 780 isn't far behind the Lightning in usable 24/7 overclocking if you're using an unmodified card.

Also, a word to the wise....the GTX 780 Ti won't be Nvidia's top performing card for very much longer It will certainly be dethroned before Christmas.

Yea, I like EVGA, though I hate the price of their waterblocks.

EVGA use/sell Swiftech FC blocks which aren't particularly cheap in any case. [link] ...but since Burty hasn't evinced an interest in watercooling the card it's rather a moot point.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

EVGA use/sell Swiftech FC blocks which aren't particularly cheap in any case. [link] ...but since Burty hasn't evinced an interest in watercooling the card it's rather a moot point.

I was referring to myself in that instance while talking with burty117, I was saying that I like their cards but for the purposes of watercooling which I do the problem was the price for those Liquid Classified blocks compared to the reference price ones. EK waterblocks are probably the best blocks out there and offer the best price to performance ratio which will probably mean thats who im going with this round. The MSI Lightning vs EVGA Classified in terms of aircooling, yeah its a better option to go with the EVGA version overall if you seek the highest possible overclocks on air.

I had not seen those classified EK blocks on the market over here, must not have been looking in the right place, ill check frozencpu, I was referring to the Stock EVGA branded ones which are normally at least for me the easiest to get over those EK here in America as with the last time I helped my friend order some of the EVGA Classy blocks for his 680 classys, they were at that point stuck to just the EVGA ones were the only ones available and were very pricey.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I had not seen those classified EK blocks on the market over here, must not have been looking in the right place, ill check frozencpu

Swiftech $150...EK...$120. The very definition of "no-brainer"

I was referring to the Stock EVGA branded ones

Rebranded Swiftech. Same price as FrozenCPU, and Performance PCs (also the EVGA branded variety), and Sidewinder (EVGA and the presently on sale Swiftech)

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

This is what I normally see when searching for a classified block

[link]

This to me is a better price considering the cards price as well and a backplate

[link]

Although now with these, even though they are not full cover their price is better.

[link]

Market is overblown now with lots for the classified blocks. But then you have to factor in a backplate which is just another 20 bucks.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Although now with these, even though they are not full cover their price is better.

[link]

The EK blocks are full cover. Full cover refers to the block covering all areas requiring heat dissipation. The EK block covers the VRM circuitry and that qualifies as "full cover" hence the EK-FC780 designation. The Swiftech blocks extra length adds nothing except extra weight:

You're probably thinking that full cover equates to full length. From an aesthetic viewpoint it may be desirable for some, but the added weight certainly isn't (The Swiftech weighs in at 1.247kg, the EK at around 0.95kg).

So, the EK is cheaper, lighter, offers better cooling, and is just as easy to source as the Swiftech block whose only saving grace seems to be that it hides some caps on the underside of the card. Being a guy that values function over form I judge it a no contest.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

The EK blocks are full cover. Full cover refers to the block covering all areas requiring heat dissipation. The EK block covers the VRM circuitry and that qualifies as "full cover" hence the EK-FC780 designation. The Swiftech blocks extra length adds nothing except extra weight:

You're probably thinking that full cover equates to full length. From an aesthetic viewpoint it may be desirable for some, but the added weight certainly isn't (The Swiftech weighs in at 1.247kg, the EK at around 0.95kg).

So, the EK is cheaper, lighter, offers better cooling, and is just as easy to source as the Swiftech block whose only saving grace seems to be that it hides some caps on the underside of the card. Being a guy that values function over form I judge it a no contest.

I know the difference between full cover and non full cover, I was referring to the aestetic appearance in meaning where it covers the entire length of the card, I should have said the short full cover blocks or whatever. A true non-full cover is one like this that only cools the GPU it self and not the VRAM. I like to have the entire card covered because of the look and the fact it makes the card easier to handle when doing maintenance.

But because of the pricing unless some different ones come out that cover everything at a better price, I might as well go with that for the class's if I go for them. My current HD 6990's have the Swiftech Epsilons on them that are full cover and cover the entire card which in my opinion is just a cleaner and better look.

At this point however, it seems based on testing and from what everyone tells me as of late, there's about no reason not to go EK anymore, they are just that much better.

trajan2448 trajan2448 said:

This is an awesome card. The overclocked performance is amazing and still MUCH cooler and quieter than the 290x, which it overshadows in some games by huge margins. It really does the deserve the crown at the moment.

Guest said:

I bought the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHZ from newegg for 540 with the holiday bundle so it came with the new batman, assassins creed and splintercell games. When you compare the numbers for the 780 ghz versus the Gigabyte 290x OC(both reviews done by this site) the 780 GHZ comes out on top as much as 7-10 fps in games like crysis far cry bio shock and matches it or comes close in other games like metro last light. This card wasn't available when I purchased the 780 towards the end of December. It is now available on newegg for 700. I was really hoping to get a 290x since last fall when they were announced but at the price it just didn't make sense and I didn't feel like waiting for the price to drop. Since I got it I've been very pleased getting consistent boosts at 1163 core. The fans never went above 58% with a max temp of 74.

HamPstOr HamPstOr said:

I'm really confused. Is the conclusion to be drawn from the benchmarks that the 780 Ti OC is better than the Ghz edition? For clarity that is the GV-N78TOC-3GD is better than the GV-N78TGHZ-3GD.

Sorry if that's a stupid question, I'm new to custom PCing and I really wanted to know how big a difference the extra £100 for the Ghz edition would get me; but now I'm just really confused. :S

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