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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked

Noise And Video Comparison

As usual, we're measuring noise levels perpendicular to the middle of the graphics cards using a studio microphone from a distance of 50 cm. It immediately becomes apparent that Nvidia opted to increase the GeForce GTX 780 Ti’s fan speed compared to the 780 and Titan to better ensure the card doesn't reach its thermal limit. This does make the new card louder, but that’s the price you pay for more performance. Here are the results:

The end result isn’t surprising, and it’s still preferable to hitting the temperature ceiling. Gigabyte's GTX 780 WindForce GHz Edition’s custom cooler does very well, but also blows hot air back into your case. You'll need to decide whether that's a side effect you're willing to accept from a high-end graphics card.

Gaming Loop Comparison Videos

Feel free to listen for yourself:

Just for fun, here’s one more video showing Nvidia's cooler running at 80 percent fan speed to keep its GPU from hitting a thermal limit.

  • 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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