Here are the specifications of our graphics test bed we'll be running with:
- Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
- 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
- Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
- Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Here's the list of cards and configurations that we'll be testing.
- ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II 3GB GDDR5 2-way SLI (ForceWare 320.49)
- MSI GeForce GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- MSI GeForce GTX 780 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB GDDR5 2-way SLI (ForceWare 320.49)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.49)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 2-way SLI (ForceWare 320.49)
Note 1: In our performance testing, we left the default temperature ceiling at 80 degrees Celsius as most users would leave it as default. Only in our overclocking exercise did we increase the power target at 104 per cent and our temperature target was automatically raised to 89 degrees Celsius.
Note 2: We also configured the cards in a 2-wal SLI configuration in order to see how the custom GTX 780 cards scaled accordingly (if any). Correspondingly, we've tested a pair of GTX Titans in the same configuration. This is to ascertain if the value proposition of the GTX 780 cards still stand, even if you have a pair of them in a SLI configuration.
Here's a look at how the custom GTX 780 cards stack up against the GTX Titan and the reference GTX 780:
For this comparison, we'll be focusing on the overclocking upside, temperature performance, power consumption and their 2-way SLI configuration performance of our custom cards. The comparison GeForce GTX Titan was also tested in all of these aspects. As such, we've streamlined our benchmarks to highlight these specific differentiated aspects. For a full set of benchmark results for the GTX 780, and the GTX Titan, please refer to our earlier reviews of the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan respectively. Here's the streamlined benchmark list:-
- Futuremark 3DMark 2013
- Crysis 3
- Overclocking (Futuremark 3DMark 2013)
- Power Consumption