Leadtek GeForce GTX 780
Taking the Lead
It’s been close to half a year already, so it’s pretty safe to say that manufacturers have had their fill in attaching custom coolers, special attachments and tweaks that would make NVIDIA’s current GTX 700 series graphics card range go the distance. On the other end of the spectrum, there are manufacturers who aren’t following suit, choosing instead to utilize NVIDIA’s already efficient stock cooler. Leadtek’s GeForce GTX 780 is one such card.
In another review in this issue, we talked about how graphics cards with custom coolers look completely and absolutely stunning but at the same time, evoke a sense of provocation and intimidation just from the very sight of it. Leadtek’s own GTX 780, however, is a far cry from all those fancy bells and whistles. Instead, it is unassuming and unapologetic with its stock NVIDIA coolers that first made their debut with the release of its predecessor; the TITAN.
The power that comes off of this graphics card is standard and we’re not just saying that. This GTX 780’s clock speed is set by its maker at a core clock speed of 863MHz with its maximum boost clock speed hitting as high as 900MHz. While that may not seem very impressive, there are two things to keep in mind. First, this card is using a stock-designed cooler, which means that it’s still capable of being tweaked further.
Second, all GeForce cards under the latest 700 series are set and equipped with NVIDIA’s GPU Boost 2.0 technology. That means that depending on your card’s temperature and environment, there’s a good chance that you can push this GTX 780 to an even greater clock speed than stated.
The benchmark scores we got are pretty much the standard fare as well. Running 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme tests and 3DMark11, the scores achieved were 8,389, 4,332 and 11,686, respectively. When we overclocked the GPU and memory clock speeds by 100MHz each, 3DMark yielded a relative improvement with Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme scoring 8,841 and 4,626, respectively.
During our overclocking testing period, we paid close attention to the heat levels of the card before and after we overclocked it. We noticed that this card’s temperature did spike whenever the graphics workload became strenuous by approximately 5 to 7 degrees from an idling 42 degrees Celsius before overclocking. Once overclocked, the temperature naturally went higher, this time soaring between 12 and 14 degrees more.
The GTX 780 performed relatively well with our realworld benchmarks. Arkham City had it maintaining at 85 FPS at the highest possible settings with PhysX activated. Crysis, surprisingly, was managed at a constant 40 FPS with 4x TXAA; the maximum NVIDIA based antialiasing possible for the game.
So, if you’re not particularly fussy about having the best graphics performance but still want bragging rights for having the highest-end NVIDIA graphics card that money today can buy, we would strongly recommend that you purchase this tried and true component from Leadtek.