Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC (Rev 2.0) Graphics Card Review



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Introduction


By reader request we have updated our graphs to include the GTX Titan and R9 290X. The rest of the review has not been modified.

Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC (9)

Since Nvidia’s GTX 780 hit the market we’ve only had the opportunity to take a look at the reference design card which we reviewed over 5 months ago, be sure to check that review out here, but today we’ve kindly been provided with a custom cooled partner design of the GTX 780 that we’ve been greatly looking forward to. What we have is the best Gigabyte has to offer in the form of the GTX 780 WindForce OC graphics card.

This enthusiast graphics card uses Gigabyte’s premium WindForce 450 cooling solution that has a trio of 80mm fans, five copper heat pipes and a hefty chunk of aluminium heatsink fins to offer cooling capabilities up to 450 watts which more than exceeds the 250W TDP of the GTX 780 GPU. That said Gigabyte have fully exploited the cooling capabilities and cranked the GPU up to 954MHz/1006MHz from the stock 863MHz/900MHz while leaving the memory untouched at the stock 6GHz effective throughput speed.

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Our particular graphics card was provided as part of a press sample kit so came in a plain Gigabyte box with the graphics card only.

Gigabyte GTX 780 WindForce OC (11)

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  • Matthew Humpherson

    Why isn’t there any 290x results in this review?

    • Matti Alexander Christensen

      there is a LOT of cards missing from this, basically every card competing with or beating this card except for the reference 780 is left out.

      • Matthew Humpherson

        True but the 290x is the most direct competition for this card in both price and performance.

        • Valeriu Steel Rod Crainic

          Agreed with this post, I wanted to see how it will put up against the reference R9-290X. What you could do is compare the FPS in the games that appear on both this review and the R9-290X review at most.

          • Peter Donnell

            See Ryans comment further up, we have a reason (and solution) to this problem :)

        • Matti Alexander Christensen

          im very sorry for going on such a minor detail, but wouldn’t other non reference 780′s be its most direct competition?

          • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

            Maybe but sadly we have no other GTX 780s to test so that won’t be possible.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      This review was written well before we reviewed the 290x or tested the gtx titan. sadly it was delayed in the system, in terms of publication, for a while and it now looks outdated and incomplete.

      You can see this card up against the 290x/titan in this review

      http://www.eteknix.com/amd-radeon-r9-290x-graphics-card-review/

      When i have time later on this will I may come back and edit the graphs for this review.

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      GTX Titan and R9 290X added

  • Minas Panagiotakis

    we talk about a good graphic card…..and gpu clock in 954mhz are enought for ….keep going gigabyte…..