The Unigine 4.0 "Heaven" benchmark tests GPUs with extreme tessellation, dynamic sky with volumetric clouds, real-time global illumination, and screen-space ambient occlusion among others. The GTX 780 Ti continued to show its advantage in the superiority of its fully unlocked GK110 graphics core and its highly rated graphics memory. It handily took the top spot for all four test scenarios. At the highest setting, it was the only card to crack the 30fps level, with a score of 33.6fps. With this score, it pulled away from the GTX Titan and R9 290X cards, with a margin that ranged from 10- to almost 20%!
The PC game title Far Cry 3 is powered by Dunia 2 Engine that is a modified version of Crytek's CryEngine. It features heavy tessellation, high amounts of volumetric lighting, and deferred radiance transfer volumes (global illumination). Hence, we expected the NVIDIA cards to perform well, based on our experience with Crysis 3.
Interestingly, the GTX 780 card showed a spark of brilliance, especially at the resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, with the anti-aliasing feature turned off, the GTX 780 actually registered a top score of 74.7fps. This phenomenon was also observed in our initial review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 card and was constantly repeatably. In all other settings, the GTX 780 Ti card showed its mettle; at the highest game settings used in our test environment, it churned out an average frame rate of 30fps, beating all the other cards. Notably, the newcomer had an easy win of over 20% when compared to the AMD Radeon R9 290X.
Hitman: Absolution is another challenging gaming benchmark. Running on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier2 engine, this hardware-intensive engine is able to render up to 1200 NPCs simultaneously. Besides the massive crowd of NPCs, it also features Reflective Shadow Mapping (RSM), Direct Compute accelerated Bokeh Depth of Field, extreme tessellation and Ambient Occlusion.
With anti-aliasing turned off, the GTX 780 Ti failed to show the strength of its 2880 CUDA cores as it was edged out by Radeon R9 290X on both resolutions by a small margin. However, with the said feature turned on, the newest NVIDIA GeForce card pulled ahead convincingly!