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8.9 Out of 10
The EVGA ACX cooler does look nice, but I still don't think it can compete with the NVIDIA reference design cooler and its large shiny metal surfaces.
Since it's the displays that dictate refresh rates, it's always been the GPU's job to ensure the display output is fluid, by deploying technologies such as V-Sync (vertical sync).
GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti among Desktop GPUs for under $200
Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti
Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 780 Ti
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What People Are Saying Give it to me straight
Averaged over all our benchmarks, performance is almost 10% higher than GTX Titan, and 8% higher than the R9 290X in its noisy "Uber" mode.
The card delivers impressive performance thanks to the GK110 GPU which has all its 2,880 shaders enabled.
We then see the card 6% faster than the reference design when averaged over our benchmarks.
All other GTX 780 Ti variants I've reviewed previously won't even come close to the noise levels of the MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming, which is almost as quiet during full-on gaming as other GTX 780 Tis in idle!
You can find MSI's GTX 780 Ti Gaming online right now for $710, which is just a small $10 price increase over the reference design cards, and definitely worth it.
EVGA also includes an additional game, "Rise of the Triad," bringing the game bundle up to four titles.
So even at frame-rates well below 60, games feel more fluid.
The card is whisper quiet in idle, which will be important if you don't game all the time.
Like other MSI Gaming products, it promises to be very quiet, which is something I'm looking forward to after seeing less than impressive noise results from GTX 780 Ti cards we reviewed earlier.
Power consumption is quite good.
Only Furmark maximum power is increased, which seems to be by design as it allows the card to boost higher for longer without running into the power limit.
Power consumption is looking good as it is nearly identical to that of the GTX 780 Ti reference design.
The MSI's GTX 780 Ti GAMING in this review is built using MSI's famous TwinFrozr thermal solution and comes with a large clock speed increase out of the box for maximum performance.
Despite the "GK110" featuring more transistors than "Hawaii" (7.08 billion vs. 6.20 billion), and hence a bigger die (561 mm² vs. 438 mm²), GK110-based products are inherently cooler because of higher performance-per-Watt figures of the "Kepler" micro-architecture than AMD's "Graphics CoreNext," which translates into lower thermal density.
Despite the "GK110" featuring more transistors than "Hawaii" (7.08 billion vs. 6.20 billion) and, hence, a bigger die (561 mm² vs. 438 mm²), GK110-based products are inherently cooler because of higher "Kepler" micro-architecture performance-per-watt figures than AMD's "Graphics CoreNext," which translates into lower thermal density.
Specifications Full list of technical specs
|Clock speed||875 MHz|
|Turbo clock speed||1,020 MHz|
|Is dual GPU||No|
|Texture mapping units||240|
|Render output processors||48|
|Pixel rate||52.5 GPixel/s|
|Texture rate||210 GTexel/s|
|Floating-point performance||5,040 GFLOPS|
|Memory clock speed||1,752 MHz|
|Effective memory clock speed||7,000 MHz|
|Memory bus||384 bit|
|Memory bandwidth||336 GB/s|
noise and power
|Idle noise level||38.6 dB|
|Load noise level||51.7 dB|
|Idle power consumption||80W|
|Load power consumption||372W|
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