Gi­ga­byte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edi­tion (GV-N780GHZ-3GD)

Souped Up 780

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TexT // Bryan Chan

There are plenty of choices when it comes to the up­per ech­e­lon of graph­ics cards. Of­fer­ing loads of per­for­mance, th­ese cards are able to han­dle the lat­est PC games at the high­est of set­tings, with all the vis­ual set­tings en­abled. Join­ing their ranks is Gi­ga­byte’s GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edi­tion.

As you would have guessed, this card is based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 GPU, which of­fers roughly the same amount of per­for­mance as the GTX TI­TAN. Gi­ga­byte then slapped on the Wind­force 3X 450W cus­tom cool­ing so­lu­tion on it and fac­tory over­clocked this card to 1019MHz (base) and 1071MHz (boost). The com­pany also de­cided to add a ‘re­in­force­ment back­plate’ on the un­der­side of the PCB, which con­trib­utes to a bet­ter build qual­ity.

In all other as­pects, this card re­tains the same spec­i­fi­ca­tions as the ref­er­ence card, in­clud­ing 3GB of GDDR5 RAM and the need for a min­i­mum PSU that pushes out at least 600W. This is rather sur­pris­ing as the ref­er­ence card is clocked at 863MHz (base) and 900MHz (boost). Usu­ally when you over­clock a graph­ics card, you’ll need to sup­ply more power to it, but this does not seem to be the case with this card.

With­out dal­ly­ing around too much, here are the scores that we re­ceived from our bench­marks. In 3DMark’s Fire Strike, the sys­tem was able to get a score of 9,361, which is very good!. We then ran Fire Strike Ex­treme, where the card man­aged a score of 4,867. Once we were done with 3DMark, we be­gan to run 3DMark 11, where upon com­ple­tion, the sys­tem gave us a score of P12,598. Th­ese scores in­di­cate that the card is def­i­nitely more pow­er­ful than your av­er­age card based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780.

Cu­ri­ous to see if we could squeeze any more per­for­mance out of this card, we de­cided to in­crease the card’s base clock speed and mem­ory clock speed by an ad­di­tional 100MHz. Once we had done that, we ran 3DMark again, where the sys­tem gave us a score of 9,341 and 4,880 in Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ex­treme re­spec­tively. In terms of real-world per­for­mance, this minute change of scores doesn’t mean much, prov­ing that this card has al­ready been over­clocked to its sweet spot.

To prop­erly gauge real-world per­for­mance, we loaded a num­ber of games, in­clud­ing Cr­y­sis 3 and Bat­man: Arkham Ori­gins. We first ran Cr­y­sis 3, which was set to Very High and TXAA High. With th­ese set­tings, the game man­aged to run at an av­er­age of 58 frames per sec­ond. In Bat­man: Arkham Ori­gins, which had all DirectX 11 vi­su­als en­abled, TXAA at High and no PhysX, the sys­tem man­aged to run it at an av­er­age of 98 frames per sec­ond, which is ab­so­lutely great!

All said and done, the Gi­ga­byte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edi­tion is truly a re­mark­able card. It is equipped with a pow­er­ful cool­ing so­lu­tion, and is ca­pa­ble of some se­ri­ous gam­ing per­for­mance. We like that Gi­ga­byte added the re­in­force­ment back­plate, as it does make the card feel more solid. Over­all, this card comes highly rec­om­mended!

A score of 9,361 in 3D Mark’s Fire Strike is very im­pres­sive.

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