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