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OCC 2013 Video Card of the Year:
Winner: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti was announced during the NVIDIA press event in Montreal last October as the best card available for PC gaming. The card hit the shelves November 7 and has delivered staggering and consistent performance since. Not a surprising fact considering the pedigree of the GTX 780 Ti; it inherited the GTX 780's raw graphics and the GTX 770's memory speeds. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti runs cool and quiet while delivering consistent performance right out of the box thanks to the Kepler GK110 and its 2880 CUDA processors running in tandem with 3GB of memory pushing a data rate of 7000MHz; all this under the excellent care of the vapor-chamber cooling solution. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti achieved some impressive overclocks of 1291MHz core clock speed and a memory speed of 1940MHz.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti comes at $699, which is still a hit to the wallet, but we need to look at the big picture here. NVIDIA is not just offering a great product, but a whole gaming ecosystem: interaction with NVIDIA SHIELD via GameStream, and GeForce Experience, which brings Game Optimization; ShadowPlay; and soon Twitch live streaming. Also, NVIDIA sweetens the deal with the GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle by offering three AAA titles with the purchase of a GTX 780 Ti, plus $100 off an NVIDIA SHIELD.
With the R9 280X Toxic, Sapphire took the Tahiti XT core and worked some magic to deliver a custom card well worth the $349 price tag that performs on par – and sometimes better – than the NVIDIA GTX 770. The card is built with quality in mind with a binned core attached to a 12 layer PCB, Black Diamond double sided chokes, 10 phase VRM, and solid aluminum capacitors. A custom cooling solution is set to keep everything under control heat wise, featuring three fans and a dual fin array cooling solution that includes a pair of 6mm heat pipes, a pair of 8mm heat pipes, and the signature 10mm heat pipe. With such a beefy build, the R9 280X Toxic runs default clock speeds of 1100/1150MHz on the core and 1600MHz on the GDDR5 memory, and delivers great performance with only one issue in regards of power efficiency.
MSI brings yet another great product to the masses with the MSI GTX 770 N770 TF 2GD5/OC, which is priced at $409. This supercharged GTX 770 Gaming edition from MSI runs cool and performs great thanks to the Military Class components that meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G standard, the Twin Frozr IV cooling design, and a power design more efficient than the reference card. This card is meant for the gaming crowd and is infused with the G.A.M.E. Spirit, which breaks down to: (G)aming App, (A)dvanced thermal design, (M)ilitary Class components, and (E)xperience. The MSI GTX 770 N770 TF 2GD5/OC delivers good performance and gives access to NVIDIA’s gaming ecosystem, and is also part of the GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle.