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EVGA GTX 780 Ti SC ACX Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: November 24, 2013
Product Name: GTX 780 Ti SC w/ACX Cooler
Part Number: 03G-P4-2884-KR
Warranty: 3 Years
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Conclusion


Let’s get the obvious out of the way before getting too far into this conclusion. EVGA’s GTX 780 Ti Superclocked is fast. Unbelievably fast. It is actually the highest performing single core graphics card we’ve ever tested and that’s saying something considering there have been some extremely impressive examples in this generation. However, this isn’t all about raw framerates; the manner by which this card achieves gaming greatness is the real star of the show.

AMD’s R9 290X also happens to be one of the better cards available but it simply lacks the poise and polish that have been hallmarks of NVIDIA’s high end offerings. In order to achieve optimal performance, its fan speeds has to be cranked up to obscene levels and it requires more power than a GTX 690. Not so with the EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked. It may cost a lot more but it remained quiet and well behaved throughout testing despite using an overclocked GK110 core. Overclocking headroom on this particular sample was a pleasant surprise as well with final continual clock speeds in excess of 1.2GHz.


The reason behind the Superclocked’s mind-bending numbers is its heatsink. The ACX cooler is cleverly designed so it only takes up two slots and doesn’t protrude past the reference PCB but still achieves incredible temperatures. As a result, NVIDIA’s Boost algorithm (which is set at 81°C) can step into the fray and dynamically enhance core frequencies.

As you can see, even though EVGA has rated their Superclocked to hit a Boost clock of 1046MHz, it has no problem hitting and –more importantly- staying at 1137MHz. This leads to framerates which come within spitting distance of those achieved by a $1000 GTX 690 and are leaps and bounds better than anything AMD has in their stable at this point in time. That’s some mammoth performance which is coupled with surprisingly a surprisingly perf per watt scale but ultimately, it simply shows how a graphics card should behave under normal conditions.

Is this card really worth $200 more than the R9 290X? That really depends on your needs. The Superclocked’s extreme framerate numbers and other elements go a long way towards justifying its premium. It couldn’t have come at a better time since all of the season’s best games were just released. AMD’s board partners meanwhile won’t have custom R9 290X designs ready until sometime in late December, putting them well behind the ball. So, if you want the highest possible performance right now along with a serious amount of future proofing, grab EVGA’s GTX 780 Ti Superclocked and you won’t regret it.

While the EVGA GTX 780 Ti Superclocked may be one of the most expensive graphics cards on the market, to gamers who want the best, it will be worth every penny. From overclocking headroom to acoustics to temperatures to out-of-box performance, it is currently the one to beat.

 
 
 

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