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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a 20-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
















At stock speeds the temperature delta between the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X is 14 °C in favor of the GTX 780 Ti. Overclocked with the fan running at 100% the delta shrinks to 2 °C, again in favor of the GTX 780 Ti. What stands out most here is the noise penalty you pay when running the cooling fan at 100% on the R9 290X. On one hand you have a howling beast that is ridiculously loud; loud enough to wake the dead it would seem. Imagine a vacuum cleaner stuffed in your case and cranked up, then block the inlet airflow so it takes that pitch a little higher. You know what I'm talking about since all of us at one time or another were fascinated with the sounds at one point in our lives. Up to around 50% fan speed the noise was not bad at all on the R9 290X. When you listen to the sound emanating from the GTX 780 Ti at 100% fan speed you fail to reach the level of the R9 290X at 50% fan speed. In short NVIDIA has done their homework and delivered cool and quiet, even at maximum fan speed.

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