GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of TITAN vs 780

Gaming

Real world tests using the latest 3D games

crysis: warhead (2013), battlefield 3 (2013) and Far Cry 3

Benchmarks

Synthetic tests to measure overall performance

Passmark, 3DMark Vantage Texture Fill, 3DMark 11 Graphics and 2 more

Compute Performance

General computing tests executed on the GPU

Civilization 5 Texture Decomposition (2013), Passmark Direct Compute and 1 more

Noise and Power

How loud and hot does the card run idle and under load

TDP, Idle Noise Level, Load Noise Level, Idle Power Consumption and 1 more

GPUBoss Score

Gaming, Benchmarks, Compute Performance and Noise and Power

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX TITAN 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX TITAN  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX TITAN

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX TITAN

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Significantly more memory 6,144 MB vs 3,072 MB 2x more memory
Better 3DMark vantage texture fill score 172.3 vs 147 More than 15% better 3DMark vantage texture fill score
Better 3DMark06 score 38,420 vs 35,080 Around 10% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 46,180 vs 42,870 Around 10% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Much better passmark direct compute score 6,631 vs 4,006 More than 65% better passmark direct compute score
Slightly better floating-point performance 4,494 GFLOPS vs 3,977 GFLOPS Around 15% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 187.3 GTexel/s vs 166.4 GTexel/s Around 15% higher texture rate
Slightly higher pixel rate 46.8 GPixel/s vs 41.4 GPixel/s Around 15% higher pixel rate
Better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score 410 vs 365.9 More than 10% better civilization 5 texture decomposition (2013) score
More texture mapping units 224 vs 192 32 more texture mapping units
More shading units 2,688 vs 2,304 384 more shading units
Better CLBenchmark raytrace score 300,322 vs 252,908 Around 20% better CLBenchmark raytrace score
Higher crysis: warhead framerate 78.9 fps vs 71.4 fps More than 10% higher crysis: warhead framerate
Higher far cry 3 framerate 64 fps vs 58.6 fps Around 10% higher far cry 3 framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 103.7 fps vs 95.3 fps Around 10% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 780

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Much more energy-efficient load power consumption 250W vs 429W More than 40% more energy-efficient load power consumption
Much more energy-efficient idle power consumption 62W vs 111W Around 45% more energy-efficient idle power consumption
Quieter load noise level 48.1 dB vs 51 dB More than 5% quieter load noise level
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 902 MHz vs 876 MHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX TITAN vs GTX 780

Passmark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance

3DMark Vantage (Texture Fill) Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX performance

3DMark 11 Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 11 GPU performance

GeForce GTX TITAN GeForce GTX 780 @ community.futuremark.com

Crysis: Warhead (2013) 1920x1080 - Enthusiast Quality + 4xAA

In a nutshell, Far Cry 3 is everything gamers missed in Far Cry 2 (after Crytek was tossed out of the franchise by Ubisoft) and even Crysis 2 (in which Crytek swaps the tropical paradise setting for grim, apocalyptic New York).
GeForce GTX TITAN | by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2013)

Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

In comparison, NVIDIA's "Free to Play bundle" which gives you about $25~$50 worth of in-game currency (per game) with free-to-play games such as Hawken, World of Tanks, and Planetside 2, only makes NVIDIA look bad.
GeForce GTX TITAN | by techPowerUp! (Feb, 2013)

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

GeForce GTX TITAN
103.7 fps
GeForce GTX 780
95.3 fps

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX TITAN  vs GTX 780 

8.9
9.3
Overclocking works very well and reaches the highest clocks of all GTX 780 cards we tested so far.
GeForce GTX 780

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Comments

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Yes!
A LOT of stats are DEAD WRONG. The 780 doesn't have 13 SMX's, it has 12. The Titan doesn't use 429w of load power consumption, and the 780 doesn't use 250w. They are both around 300w at load. The 780's boost clock isn't 902Mhz, it's 900Mhz. And the Titan isn't 3db louder than the 780, it's more like 1db. This isn't the first time I've seen screwed up stats on this site. I see them on almost every single one of their "reviews". Anyone who gets their tech info from this site, I feel sorry for them.
For gamers 780 is definitely more worth it.
Or if you do a lot of video production or 3D rendering in which case you need double-precision performance and that the TITAN would be much better than 780.
Just a bit of a correction, the noise level you list as "more than 5% quieter" is actually around 30% quieter, since dBa is a logarithmic scale with percieved noise level doubling at roughly every 10 dBa. so for example, 50dBa is not 25% louder than 40dBa, but rather it is twice as loud.
titan is so to over priced for the divernce betweent the 780. If yuo are going to get a titan then you should just get 2 780's
Right on. I chose the Titan because I run 3D Surround. I need all the power and memory as I can squeeze into a 2 card SLI setup. You can't run Nvidia 3D Vision with more than 2 cards. It doesn't render correctly. The 3rd card automatically defaults to a dedicated PhysX processor when 3D is enabled. And for games that don't use PhysX its a complete waste. But for the games that don't support 3D then it would be a major asset, 3 or 4 cards. However, speaking as somebody who has used 3 and 4 way GPU configs I say be smart and stick with 2 GPUs max. 3 and 4 way SLI or Crossfire is way too buggy.
I can agree with you on that except the Titan does have more RAM, a lot more. If I could go back and save enough money to buy a 3rd 780 ti instead of buying 2 Titans I would. But since I already have them I'm happy with them and I wouldn't trade them.
I have two Titans and I can run them both over 1200 Mhz. So what the heck are you talking about saying you can't touch 1 Ghz with them? Maybe you're limited by the software you're using. Try MSI Afterburner. The clock speeds are unlocked.
I know, I was one of the guys who bought a Titan and are a "little" angry with NVIDIA, and now with the 780ti a "little" more... But The 780 oc and the Titan oc, the titan is better... I was able to make my titan runs at 1200~1189 mhz and memory at 7000mhz... And the performance of that was exactly what the 780TI does at default stock... The Titan have textures units and shader units... So... The performance multiplies over the 780... I saw a Linustech bench where the 780 had more oc than the titan, but the titan performance at 1200/7000 is impossible to achieve even with the 780 at 1280mhz... We have more 30 textures units and almost 380 shares working... Anyway... If you want my titan I sell you for 600 bucks! :P lol... But I must admit... The 780ti today is a little overkill, cuz I can play every game at caped at 60fps... Sometimes going to 45fps... I dont need more than that...
ill just go for the Radeon R9 290X
But the Titan is technically 6- series, I think
i think the Titan is kind of the 790 of the series :P
Yeah you might as well,buy two 780's or wait for a 790 if they ever come out.
1. Stronger is one thing 2. Price per performance is a different thing 2. is for most of us the most important thing, in that way, GTX 780 obiviously wins.
the Titan cards sits somewhere between the Geforce and Quadro - Tesla cards. If you're both into gaming and 3d visualization, animation etc it is a good choice due to the 6gb and cuda cores. For games you don't need the Titan.... George Architect and 3d artist
Don't forget that the Titan is much better for Nvidia Surround because of the VRAM
I voted Titan because the discussion isn't about which one costs more, it's about with card is better. The Titan although priced significantly higher is the better card, although not by much.
780 is better in this case .. because the TITAN dose not deserve the extra 350$ for that's nothing difference, i'm going to 780.
Reference to reference, Titan beats 780. Overclocked, usually the 780 beats the Titan. Also, the 780 is cheap enough to offer you much better value. For the price of one Titan you could have already bought one 780 and be 77% into the price of another 780. 780 SLI for a "smidge" (relative to the overall price of the card(s)) more than the price of just one Titan. 6 GB is unlikely to be important when the vast majority of cards before this year even had more than 2 GB (and prior nVidia generations had far less); and lest we forget ports from those next gen consoles won't start showing up on PC in full force until next year. It also seems likely those games will not fully use the memory of the next gen until at least a year into the next gen (ie., PS4, Xbone, NOT Wii anything). I imagine 3 GB will see some use, though, which gives the 780/7970/7950 3GB cards the advantage over, say, 770/680/670/660 Ti/7870/7850 2GB cards. I suspect by the time 6 GB would be used Maxwell by nVidia will have appeared and offered better values than Titan. I also expect it will be much harder to get your purchase price back for Titan if you sell it than 780, which I suspect is at the new "high end price point" that nVidia is going to be using going forward. I think the only thing Titan is truly better at is the compute and "unprofessional professional" uses. Or if you have more money than sense. In which case, go at it, get the best of the best. I'd do it if I had more money than sense, but I have so much sense...
While the TITAN is better than the 780, it's really not worth the extra $370 for only slightly better performance.
You're correct, we've now fixed that up, thanks!
Why is the memory bandwidth of the 780 different to the TITAN? according to Nvidia and many other sites it is the same, at 288.4GB/s?
La diferencia es pequeña porque al estar recortada la GTX780 tienen menor cuello de botella con los procesadores y eso se traduce como mayor rendimiento por ciclo, si una HD7970 le hace cuellos a casi cualquier procesador, imaginate la TITAN Saludos
como coño va a rendir mas en nada la gtx 780 vs TITAN si la gtx 780 es una TITAN CAPADA ,ECHA CON LOS CHIPS QUE NO LLEGAN PARA TITAN NI PARA TESLA K20 X???esa prueba en warhead es ridicula mas que nada xq ese juego no pone las graficas a mas del 60% x su optimizacion para solo 2 cores processor ,
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