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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked

Results: Tomb Raider

AMD has an inherent advantage in Tomb Raider when we use the Ultimate detail setting with TressFX enabled. However, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti still manages to stave off the R9 290X AMD sent us at all three tested resolutions.

Of course, our numbers for the retail 290X show Nvidia’s 780 Ti 20% faster at 2560x1440. That’s quite a bit more significant.

The dual-GPU boards are still fastest. But you’re looking at spending $800 or more for the problematic Radeon HD 7990 and $1000 for GeForce GTX 690. Although the 690 is a more attractive offering, its 2 GB per GPU is even more of an issue at high resolutions than 780 Ti’s 3 GB.

Frame time variance is really low, except for the GeForce GTX 770 at 3840x2160. This might be related to memory capacity, since 770 is the only 2 GB board in our comparison. GeForce GTX 690 could be subject to the same issue. But because we can't generate FCAT data for both dual-GPU boards at 4K, we’re leaving the space for those bars blank.

  • faster23rd
    My heart broke a little bit for AMD. Unless AMD's got something up their sleeve, it's up to the board manufacturers now to get the 290X in a better competitive stance than the 780 ti.
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  • Lord_Kitty
    Can't wait for fanboy wars! Its going to be fun to watch.
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  • tomc100
    At $700, AMD has nothing to worry about other than the minority of enthusiast who are willing to pay $200 more for the absolute fastest. Also, when games like Battlefield 4 uses mantle the performance gains will be eroded or wiped out.
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  • expl0itfinder
    Keep up the competition. Performance per dollar is the name of the game, and the consumers are thriving in it right now.
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  • alterecho
    I want to see cooler as efficient as the 780 ti, on the 290X, and the benchmarks be run again. Something tells me 290X will perform similar or greater than 780ti, in that situation.
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  • ohim
    Price vs way too few more fps than the rival will say a lot no matter who gets the crown, but can`t wonder to imagine the look on the face of the guys who got Titans for only few months of "fps supremacy" at insane price tags :)
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  • bjaminnyc
    2x R9 290's for $100 more will destroy the 780Ti. I don't really see where this logically fits in a competitively priced environment. Nice card, silly price point.
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  • Innocent_Bystander-1312890
    "Hawaii-based boards delivering frame rates separated by double-digit percentages, the real point is that this behavior is designed into the Radeon R9 290X. "

    It could also come down to production variance between the chips. Seen in before in manufacturing and it's not pretty. Sounds like we're starting to hit the ceiling with these GPUs... Makes me wonder what architectural magic they'll come up with next.

    IB
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  • bjaminnyc
    2x R9 290's for $100 more will destroy the 780Ti. I don't really see where this logically fits in a competitively priced environment. Nice card, silly price point.
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  • Deus Gladiorum
    I'm going to build a rig for a friend and was planning on getting him the R9 290, but after the R9 290 review I'm quite hesitant. How can we know how the retail version of that card performs? Any chance you guys could pick one up and test it out? Furthermore, how can we know Nvidia isn't pulling the same trick: i.e. giving a press card that performs way above the retail version?
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