Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition Review

Published by Christian Ney on 09.11.13
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General + -
We were quite impressed with the new Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition as it did really good in our tests, had a decent factory overclock and really good custom Windforce 3X 450W triple fan cooler. The manufacturing quality is exceptional and the backplate is definitely a must when you are looking at a premium graphics card.

On the other hand, we would have really liked that Gigabyte paid more attention to the bundle since after all this is a premium product. The Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition should be eligible for Nvidia's game bundle that includes Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Despite doing a good job in keeping the temperatures of the graphics card down we would appreciate if the cooler was just a tad bit less noisier under load.
  - Performance
- Factory Overclocking
- Cooling
- Design
- Backplate
- Bundle
- Noise level under load
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
As noted earlier, the Windforce 3X 450W triple-fan cooler is very good and definitely runs circles around the reference solution, but it is still far away from some other solutions on the market including the ASUS' DirectCU II one when it comes to raw performance.

As far as the noise goes, the GTX 780 GHz Edition is completely silent in idle but definitely not the quietest one around under load.
  - Inaudible in 2D - Could be quieter under load
Performance   + -
The performance is where the GTX 780 GHz Edition really shines. It is quite impressive and it actually manages to beat the GTX Titan by a good 9 percent, the reference GTX 780 by a good 14 percent while the Gigabyte GTX 780 OC V2 is around 4 percent slower.

The reference GTX 780 is already quite a fast graphics card and performance gain on the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition ranges from a flat zero in some games like Borderlands 2 or Skyrim to a rather impressive 25 percent in more demanding game titles like the Crysis 3 or the Metro: Last Light.

The power consumption of the Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition is very good in idle with power consumption of the entire setup at 48W. Under load, the new GTX 780 GHz Edition pulls quite a few Watts but it still manages a quite good performance per Watt ratio.
  - Performance
- Power consumption
Recommendation / Price   + -
Unfortunately, we still do not have any information regarding the price so we will update it when the new GTX 780 GHz Edition becomes available.

In the meantime we can say that it is a good card, if the price premium is not that high, making the GTX 780 GHz Edition one of the best GTX 780 graphics cards on the market. We recommend this card as an alternative to the more expensive GTX Titan and GTX 780 Ti since the 780 GHz Edition is faster, less expensive and quieter.
  - Gaming
- Overclocking
We gave the GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition from Gigabyte 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

Author: Christian Ney

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