Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Review: The Titan Descendant

Recently Nvidia showed what it could really do with the GK104 architecture by beefing it up with more CUDA cores, texture units and ROPs creating the GK110. The GeForce GTX Titan is a monster that belongs to an entirely different league, crushing the GeForce GTX 680 as well as the Radeon HD 7970 GHz each and every way possible. But of course, with a $1,000 price tag it's comparing apples and oranges.

If anything, the Titan did show how much more complex and powerful Nvidia could make the current generation 28nm GPU without putting the TDP rating through the roof. It also meant that Nvidia could move to the next generation mainstream GPUs without having to completely redesign their architecture for the GeForce 700 series and that is exactly what they have done.

The new GeForce GTX 780 is based on a similar, albeit slightly cut down version of the Titan GPU, managing to keep many of the features that make the $1,000 graphics card great, such as the 384-bit memory bus.

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The GTX780 is for those folks for which the GTX680 is not enough, but TITAN is too pricey. It's two-thirds the price of TITAN, and has nearly all of the same features (and can use ALL the same tweakware - in fact, the tweakware that debuts alongside the GTX780 will also work with TITAN). And neither monitor has a DVI port? Darn near ANY desktop GPU can drive DVI and HDMI at the same time - my AMD HD5450 could three years ago, and it's a notebook GPU in desktop clothes. The reason that NO GPU has muiltiple HDMI is *audio* - not video; HDCP isn't switchable for security reasons as plain video is. (Hence multiple DVI is not an issue, and neither is multiple DisplayPort - either mini or full-size.)

It isn't a big deal, it just seems pointless to have to use HDMI <-> DVI converters when both of my monitors use HDMI, and neither have speakers anyway.

Prices are insane. And I'm really looking for a good gaming card with 2 HDMI ports. I have two monitors for a reason, thanks.

I'm getting a 780 when the OC models come out, I justify it because I can do my AE video editing 3x faster with that many cuda cores, but I was wondering the same thing, why not a few HDMI ports instead of just one. My current 660 has 4 ports, all different.

I was looking at Prices on ASUS Nvidia cards over on newegg & here's what there going for...

ASUS GTX680-DC2-4GD5 GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $569.99

ASUS GTX780-3GD5 GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card $659.99

ASUS GTXTITAN-6GD5 GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card $1,019.99

No doubt... you can get an XBOX ONE and PS4 for the price of the last one alone. Crazy.

But to see an extra hair on a horse's ass in Skyrim is worth it.

I am confused about these reviews mostly due to the fact that the Radon 7990 was shown as a bad alternative to a 7970 crossfire and worse than the gtx 690. In these tests it appears pretty much a great card.

Damn, I was hoping this would push down the price of the 680 so I could get another one for SLI. I guess that won't be happening for a while.

Its a nice and powerful card, but its a little expensive! Then if you can afford this, you'll need a powerful cpu to pair with this also, and many other things!

Edited by Atomic Wanderer Chicken, May 23 2013, 5:49pm :

8gb ram will be fine unless your rendering Sony Vegas and After Effects at the same time. A powerful SSD and this would render in a snap.