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Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF On Its Way

By - Source: HardwareLuxx | B 15 comments

Reportedly, Galaxy is working on a Hall of Fame version of the GTX 780 Ti, and this is not at all surprising.

Galaxy (which in other parts of the world is known as KFA2) had the idea a while ago to take reference graphics cards, completely redo the PCB, slap a bigger cooler on it, overclock the card, and sell it for a premium. While many manufacturers do this same thing, Galaxy makes its own 'special' version of the cards as well, often known as the HOF (Hall of Fame) cards. These cards feature all of the above, plus an unusual white PCB.

Now, according to a German report, Galaxy is working on its GTX 780 Ti Hall of Fame card. The report doesn't say much, except that the card features a non-reference power connectivity option (two 8-pin PCIe power connectors), which it uses to suggest a higher phase count on the VRM than on the reference, which is rather unsurprising. The report also indicated that while the card will still feature the standard 3 GB of memory, Galaxy has not excluded the option of making a 6 GB card.

Beyond that, and a picture, there wasn't much info. Supposedly, Galaxy will be announcing the card within about a month, with retail availability not long after that.

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    tmk221 , November 20, 2013 10:08 AM
    price is all that matters
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    azzazel_99 , November 20, 2013 10:13 AM
    The 780ti with more vram would make this card so incredibly boss. That would close the gap essentially between it and the titan and would just make the 780ti's already achieved victory all the sweeter.
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    rrbronstein , November 20, 2013 10:14 AM
    lets hope the VRM's dont catch fire again? And the underclocking from the bad BIOS it gets on reviews... lets hope V2.0 is better.
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    renz496 , November 20, 2013 10:16 AM
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    price is all that matters


    this is HOF series. with this kind of product value is not the target audience
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    spookyman , November 20, 2013 10:40 AM
    Hmm wonder how good Galaxy's RMA service is compared to their competitors?
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    coolitic , November 20, 2013 1:54 PM
    They will soon release the 800 series. This imo is pointless.
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    azzazel_99 , November 20, 2013 2:09 PM
    Talk of the 800 series being released isnt until late next year so not exactly soon.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 20, 2013 2:24 PM
    All-white PCB? Sweet, make the cooler stormtrooper white as well and it's a match made in heaven for any white NZXT Phantom case.
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    renz496 , November 20, 2013 3:02 PM
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    They will soon release the 800 series. This imo is pointless.


    Nvidia next gen will not come out anytime soon.
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    somebodyspecial , November 20, 2013 5:18 PM
    You are most likely looking at July or worse for 20nm, though they might release a 28nm (who knows) then move it to 20nm later by xmas for a refresh. I hope they don't do this as there is nothing more to get from 28nm as Hawaii has shown. You have to up power by increasing size of the die at this point, which in turn adds noise/watts. NV is already above AMD and this is pretty much purely due to size of the die (it's likely a better gpu, but a lot of the perf and lower heat comes from a huge die that just gets more work done per mhz). IF AMD grew the die to 530mm they could drop the temps to 83 out of the box also and get basically the same perf as 780ti while doing it (100mm=10-20% perf or so right?). But you'd all complain about the price...LOL. Considering NV is already producing pretty much the max sized die TSMC can produce on 28nm, what else can you do except raise the mhz, watts, heat?

    Considering both AMD/NV seem to be making huge dies now, it will take a die shrink for either side to do anything meaningful. AMD used to make smaller ones, which allowed cheaper pricing; hence the enlarged hawaii comes in at 400/550 and probably still won't make any GPU money (the game bundle being cut-down shows this is more expensive-well duh it's larger). I don't expect a price cut soon on the new AMD gpus even after NV lowered theirs. AMD can't be making much even after lowering the bundle and lowering before xmas surely would equal losses.

    The only reason AMD made any money last Q was PRE-console chip orders to get the launches of both consoles out the door. It remains to be seen if they will keep ordering tons after xmas. Sales up to xmas I guess will dictate those numbers. If there is a massive drop-off up to xmas then they will do the same as apple etc, and reduce orders due to products not selling like they though. You can imagine the cancelled orders on chips running wiiu which hasn't cracked 5million yet (has it cracked 3.5mil?). They are under 50% of what they expected so clearly someone had to say OK, lets stop ordering new ones made since our shelves, warehouses etc are already at full tilt and we need to sell some crap before ordering more chips, memory, cases etc...It affects everyone making something in the wiiu box.

    It doesn't help AMD numbers with 1/3 of the PS4's coming DOA on amazon alone and I'm sure a LOT of xbox360 owners have RROD firmly in their minds now seeing PS4 issues out of the game (granted probably sabotage, but users don't care, it's BROKE no matter who did it). Do you risk buying your kids a DOA xmas gift or just buy a new gpu, phone, tablet etc which aren't famous (yet?) for their failures? Any bad info hurts sales at this point, and that leads to no devs, no games, no BUYERS:
    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/10/the-wii-u-death-spiral-and-how-nintendo-can-reverse-it/
    There's a rundown of what happens when hardware/software sales suck. Even a price cut probably won't help much as a quick look at metacritic shows only 37 games above a score of 75. Most of those are on other platforms with far better graphics, so why would I buy one? NV can afford to take less per gpu if needed to get a product out the door, but seeing AMD so weak, I doubt they'll go EARLY with 20nm and take risks. There is no need as AMD can't even afford a risk and must go late I'd think.

    To be honest, I think we'll see LARGE die products (gpus from amd/nv) late in the year as they want to test 20nm with smaller chips that aren't wasting such huge space on failed dies (considering both company's profits, I'd think you need to MILK this current cow quite a bit longer also). It's expensive to test new processes on the largest chips being produced by anyone. GPU's are the largest dies of anything outside of Intel 15 core Xeons (which are 541mm- Ivy Bridge-EX-15).

    You get the point. Large dies will come last most likely after experience is gained from 20nm socs etc. I doubt the next gpus will be any easier to make than current gk110b or Hawaii so assume their replacements will be later. IE, they should be able to sell this HOF model for 6-9 months. AMD doesn't even have an AIB with better fans/heatsink announced yet right? OR did I miss an announcement? Still all REF designs. All of the new cards have plenty of time to sell (probably more like 9-10 months for both sides).
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    redeemer , November 20, 2013 6:34 PM
    Less than 6% faster than the 290x on most review I have seen over the 290x, 290x beating it in some favoured game as well. Nivida charging more than $150...no thanks!! I can buy 2X 290s for the price of a 780ti!
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    photonboy , November 20, 2013 7:13 PM
    290X vs 780 vs 780Ti,
    The R9-290x came out and sounded really great. Then we discovered severe throttling issues due to heat (as much as 25%) so many of the benchmarks. Also, all the benchmarks I saw compared to a stock 780. So LOWER the score of the original R9-290x benchmarks and RAISE the score of the 780 by 10% to compare to an EVGA 780 ACX 967MHz model (that's what I'd buy) at $500.

    Once we see both the R9-290x and 780Ti with custom coolers we can revisit the benchmarks and see where the value lies.

    The last time I checked at $500 you couldn't beat the EVGA 780 ACX (967MHz) versus anything else.
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    photonboy , November 20, 2013 7:20 PM
    Sorry for editing problems.
    That should be the R9-290 vs the 780 above, not the 290x vs the 780. Ignore most of it and just remember to compare CUSTOM cooling solutions for all cards once available.
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    happyballz , November 21, 2013 1:25 PM
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    Hmm wonder how good Galaxy's RMA service is compared to their competitors?


    I don't know about now... but when I tried to send my 9800GX2 card to them some years ago when it was still high-end card, they refused on a technicality ( bought it advertised as 3 years warranty and in reality only SOME cards of that series offered 3 years and some only 2, depending on date of manufacture- 1 week difference in my case).

    I tried arguing with them but they found 101 reason why not do any repair work. So even since that I stopped buying their shit... if they want to lose a high-end GPU customer over some BS then that is their problem.
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    Art Faucett , February 3, 2014 11:17 PM
    He's nothing but a common criminal who stole credit cards, and is a "hero" to people who never leave their basements