Gaming Performance

We won’t comment too much on performance here since the charts generally speak for themselves. EVGA’s 12% overclock isn’t a massive overclock, but it’s easily enough to push the card into a higher tier of performance. Compared to a reference GTX 780, the 780SC ACX is consistently ahead by 6-12% depending on the game, and with the exception of Bioshock it is within +/- 2% of GTX Titan. Out of the box, the only performance advantage GTX Titan would hold is in scenarios where more than 3G of VRAM is required, and at this point in time those are few and far between. In other words, we're looking at a GTX 780 with GTX Titan performance.

Total War: Shogun 2 - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality

Hitman: Absolution - 2560x1440 - Ultra

Sleeping Dogs - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality + High AA

Battlefield 3 - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA

Bioshock Infinite - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality + DDoF

Crysis 3 - 2560x1440 - High Quality + FXAA

EVGA's GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX Power, Temperature, & Noise
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  • cactusdog - Sunday, September 22, 2013 - link

    Im not sure its a good time to buy a card like this, with the R9 290X coming in a couple of weeks. Reply
  • CiccioB - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Because you buy top of the performance with stable drivers and assured quality.
    If one is interested in these kind of gfx board would have just to wait for AMD to launch their new series for the price to lower a bit.
    For someone good solid drivers available yesterday is something that is more valuable then 5 frames more tomorrow (and support for new games next month).
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  • tackle70 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the review!

    I picked up a pair of these at launch to replace a pair of lightning 7970s... couldn't be happier with them. Ridiculously fast, cool, and quiet.

    Now hopefully their price will drop by $100 or so as AMD's new cards come out and can finally offer up some competition.
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  • bds71 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    it amazes me that reviewers still try to make titan out as a consumer gaming card. it's claim-to-fame is its number crunching ability (particularly FP). it's a monster!! it's not a gaming card, nor, i suspect, was it ever intended to be. i bought a 690 when they were released (OK, maybe it took me a few months to actually FIND one, but you know what i mean)....for the same price, it utterly defeats the titan to the point of rediculousness. i calculated my own numbers based on this review as well. on average, the stock 780 is 72% (performance) of the 690 for 65% of the cost - more what one would expect with their differences in arcitecture (104 vs 110). in addition to this, i also fold/crunch. as a cruncher, the 690 is STILL better than titan due to its two cores!! if any of you bought a titan (for gaming, or crunching) i just gotta ask: why? the 690 is 10-15% better in both respects. sure, i can see getting a 780 vs 690: $350 is nothing to sneeze at, and it is slightly better (7%) performance/cost ratio. but, titan? fail. (unless your one of those very few/limited folks who actually do use it for its FP operation) Reply
  • erple2 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Interesting. According to anandtech's own bench, the titan obliterates the 690 in compute tasks. Which is really what I expect given the 680's relatively weak compute units. So I'm not quite sure which compute benchmarks you're running to demonstrate the superiority of the 690 over the Titan... Reply
  • bds71 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    and before anyone thinks to comment about OCing the 780 vs 690 (this being an article about an OC'ed 780) they both have about the same OCing potential - both can reach 1200 MHz without too much effort so i would say OCing is a wash between the two. that's why i did not use the numbers from the OCed version in this review (i used numbers from the stock) Reply
  • tackle70 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    OCing is absolutely not a wash between the two on average... 780 is quite superior *on average*

    http://hwbot.org/hardware/videocard/geforce_gtx_69...
    http://hwbot.org/hardware/videocard/geforce_gtx_78...
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  • JPForums - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    What's the point of all the ventilation in the back of the card when you set the fins vertically. Airflow won't directly exhaust out the back with a wall of fins blocking it. Half the heated air is directed at the motherboard. It only really serves to let noise out. The power side of the card doesn't make as much of a difference, but the bracket side of the card should have horizontal fins. Other than that, I've always like EVGA board design and customer support. It is good that they've been trying to expand their cooler designs for the 600 and 700 series. I hope they keep trying to improve. Reply
  • alkhanzi - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    The 7990 hugely beats both the Titan and EVGA 780 in each and every of the benchmarks, and costs the same(+ the game bundle). Reply
  • tackle70 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    The 7990 is, on average, a whopping 4% faster than this card at 1920x1080, and just 14% faster at 25601600...

    Given the heat/coil whine/driver issues that the 7990 has, I'll take the 780 ten times out of ten.
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