Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X OC - Faster, Cooler, More Powerful

Launch SRP: S$999 Latest Price From: S$743

Test Setup

Test Setup

For those who've been following our reviews, take note that we've replaced our old test rig with a brand new one for 2013. Here are the new specs 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

Here's the list of cards we'll be testing:

  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Windforce 3X OC 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 314.09)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.90)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.90)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta) - OC BIOS

N.B.: There's a slight discrepancy in driver versions used across all the cards, but bear with us updating of benchmarks is an ongoing process, especially on our new test rig. Despite this, the differences shoudn't be alarming as they are fairly recent releases and still paint a reasonably accurate expectation of where the new card stands among the competition.

Benchmarks

For this review, we naturally expect the Gigabyte GTX 780 to score better than the reference design thanks to its factory overclock. As such, we will be paying more attention to its overclocking potential, temperature and power consumption. For this, we've chosen to streamline our results reporting to a very select set of benchmarks as outlined below. For a full set of benchmark and comparison results for the stock GTX 780 you may refer to our original review.

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis 3
  • Overclocking (Futuremark 3DMark 11)
  • Temperature
  • Power Consumption
9.0
Performance
9.5
Features
9
Value
9
The Good
Generous 91MHz core factory overclock
Excellent overclocking potential
Very effective triple-fan cooler
The Bad
None to speak of!