Nvidia has created a powerful beast, but its competitiveness is challenged by AMD’s R290X.

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With AMD playing its concluding hand in this fall’s great game of GPU wars, now comes time for Nvidia’s turn for its final move — and it’s short of the checkmate that many expected.

By all means Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti is a beast of a card. It brings the GK 110 GPU — the chip that powered the mammoth Titan and GTX 780 — to the table with 2880 CUDA cores, a a 87 6 MHz base clock, a boost clock of 928MHz, and 3GB of GDDR5 piped in at 336 GB/s. In comparison, the GTX 780 Ti’s competition, the R290X, has more memory and a faster base clock but is handicapped by less memory bandwidth, transistors and a texture fillrate.

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As such, the GTX 780 Ti outperforms AMD’s R290X in most gaming benchmarks. This was expected, and isn’t entirely surprising.

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In contrast to AMD’s cards, the GeForce 780 Ti was nearly silent and used substantially less power during testing. Part of this has to due with temperature: the GTX 780 Ti maxed out at 84 degrees under full load environment while the R290X was pushing 94 degrees.

Out performing the R290X doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s necessarily a more competitive card.

Nvidia hasn’t priced itself out of the market, but the GTX 780 Ti’s $699 pricepoint is noticeably more expensive than the 290x’s $549 and 290’s $399. However, keep in mind that its also much lower than the Titan’s, a card that has now lost the throne of absolute best performing card on the market.

Being the best performing card means it should be capable of impressive 4K performance. It is, and Battlefield 4 in 4K on the Asus PQ321 UHD (4K) monitor was a beautiful affair.

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Most gamers simply don’t need the power that the GTX 780 Ti brings to the market. 4K gaming, something that the card does exceptionally well, is something that requires a massive investment and is far beyond the budget of most gamers.

Something that AMD has lately done well is its bundles. It’s a great value-add and makes AMD’s cards sometimes more competitive when compared to Nvidia.

While AMD has it’s sublime Never Settle Bundles, and Battlefield 4 with the R290X, Nvidia’s included bundle has has what is essentially a Nvidia tech demo Batman Arkham City, tired sequels to stale IP franchises — Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag — and a $100 coupon for the vanity device Nvidia Shield.

Conclusion

For its sheer power, and the fact that the card runs comparatively quietly to its competitors, the GTX 780 Ti gets nearly perfect marks. But preventing it from getting a perfect score is its price point and slim bundle offerings (when compared to AMD). The card is a technical achievement, but many gamers simply won’t need the power it offers. Right now we’re at a point in gaming history where capability of most cards are more than sufficient for the games on the market. Even when using supersampled antialiasing, a mighty stress test for any card, not even Battlefield 4 could push this card to its limit. The GTX 780 Ti gets top marks for its technological might, but do you really need it?

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Pros:

  • Fast and powerful. Takes the performance crown away from AMD.
  • Unlike AMD’s entrants, silent.
  • Cheaper than the Titan.

Cons:

  • Too powerful for most users.
  • Slightly uncompetitive pricepoint.

Benchmarking completed by the VR-Zone Chinese team.