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nV News - GeForce GTX 680 vs. GeForce GTX 780 Ti - Page 1 of 13


Introduction

This article compares the performance of a recently purchased GeForce GTX 780 Ti to a GeForce GTX 680. There were a number of factors involved in upgrading my graphics card including the resolution that I use. In my case the native resolution of my monitor is 2560x1600, which requires some powerful graphics horsepower to obtain "playable" frame rates in the latest games.

GeForce GTX 780 Ti

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti was released by NVIDIA in response to AMD's recent launch of their flagship R9 290X graphics card and debuted with a suggested retail price of $699. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is generally regarded as the fastest single GPU-based graphics card on the market today.

Specifications

The key specifications of the reference GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti are listed in the table below.

Key Specifications
GPU GeForce GTX 680 GeForce GTX 780 Ti
Chip GK104 GK110
Process 28nm 28nm
Transistors 3.54 billion 7.1 billion
GPU Clock 1006MHz 876MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1058MHz 928MHz
Graphics Memory 2GB 3GB
Memory Clock 6GHz 7GHz
Memory Interface 256-Bit 384-Bit
Memory Bandwidth 192GB/s 336GB/s
TMUs 128 240
Shader Cores 1536 2880
ROPs 32 48
TDP 195W 250W
Launch Price $499 $699

The following are GPU-Z screenshots from the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The GeForce GTX 680 is a reference model from NVIDIA.

GPU-Z GeForce GTX 680

The maximum idle temperature for the GeForce GTX 680 was 35C.

GPU-Z GeForce GTX 680

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti is an EVGA Superclocked model, which I purchased at Newegg for $699. There was also a software bundle that included Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell Blacklist.

GPU-Z GeForce GTX 780 Ti

The maximum idle temperature for the GeForce GTX 780 Ti was 42C.

GPU-Z GeForce GTX 780 Ti

The maximum load temperature for the GeForce GTX 780 Ti while running Unigine Heaven was 83C.

GPU-Z GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Test System

The following table lists the key PC system components that were used to test both graphics cards.

Test System Components
Processor Intel Core i7 940 Quad Core @2.93GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
System Memory 6GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 @1066MHz
Monitor Dell 3007WFP
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Direct X 11
GeForce Driver 314.07 WHQL

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Last Updated on December 15, 2013


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