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GTX 780 vs Gigabyte GTX 680 SOC vs Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP

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May 28, 2013 4:22:00 AM

Hi guys.
With the launching of the new GTX 780, I was wondering, which card should i get since I'm building my first PC.
Is it the new GTX 780, Gigabyte GTX 680 SOC or Asus GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP?
Is newer always better?

In your opinion, which do you think perform best in term of sheer performance as well as heat dissipation. And may I mentioned that the graphic card I'm choosing would be used fully for gaming purposes.

Thank you :wahoo: 
May 28, 2013 4:27:18 AM

There is no comparison between a 780 and 680. The 780 is far more powerful. If you can afford it you should get it. It does very well in terms of heat dissipation when compared to other cards on the market as well. It should be a no brainer if you can afford it.

Newer in most cases (especially in the gpu market) means better, especially so in the case of 780 since it is based on a titan and offers upto 90% of titans performance on avg at about 60% of its cost. Its a beast of a card.
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May 28, 2013 4:51:06 AM

If by far more powerful, you mean about 14% more powerful, yes. It is GK110 architecture, but it's not a full on titan. The 780 does have a wider memory bandwidth and more VRAM, which make it more suitable than a 2GB for 1440p or 1600p use, but little difference in 1080p use (both the 680 and the 780 will max out everything out there at 1080p)
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May 28, 2013 5:04:00 AM

Go for the 780, its better to just get the stronger card than to get a premium but lower-spec card.

Newer isnt always better, but in this case it pretty clearly is.
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May 28, 2013 5:44:11 AM

shuvool said:
If by far more powerful, you mean about 14% more powerful, yes. It is GK110 architecture, but it's not a full on titan. The 780 does have a wider memory bandwidth and more VRAM, which make it more suitable than a 2GB for 1440p or 1600p use, but little difference in 1080p use (both the 680 and the 780 will max out everything out there at 1080p)


In toms own benchmarks the gtx 780 beats the 680 by over 30% in many of the games (crysis 3 @ 1440p for example). It may not beat it by that much in every benchmark but regardless it is significantly more powerful than a 680, the difference is not trivial by any account. More importantly, if the OP is building a new pc and if he can afford the 780, it makes no sense to get a 680, since both cards are not off by a lot in terms of power, noise and heat. Moreover he can futureproof himself if in the future he wants to game on 1440p which is becoming more mainstream with time.
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May 28, 2013 5:56:07 AM

Perhaps wait a week or so and take a look at the GTX 770, about $100 cheaper than 780 and faster than a 680, GK104-425 25.
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May 28, 2013 6:17:45 AM

Nvidia are still using the GK104 GPU in their top end cards, wow.
I guess Nvidia learnt their lesson with the 670-680 being virtually identical, but I wouldn't have thought they would just bump the 680's clock-speed and sell it off as the 770. I would have expected something like a 2GB, 256bit interface GK110 card.

I have a feeling that the 770 and below are going to just compete with the AMD 7000 series, not smash it like they did with Kepler. Nvidia will have a long way to catch up if the HD9000 series turns out like AMD hopes.

Leaked review on an MSI GTX770 if interested.
http://wccftech.com/msi-geforce-gtx-770-lightning-bench...
Kind of miffed there's no AMD cards in those tests, I'd like to see how the 770 stacks up against a 7970 or 7970Ghz, which are around the 770's pricepoint.

Another leaked spec list.
http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-770-performance-...
There is a comparison with the 7970 Ghz, but considering the numbers are from Nvidia themselves I wouldnt exactly trust them to be true.


But enough of me pondering, the 770 could also be good option for you :D .
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