Today we get to give a quick look at one of the most highly anticipated releases this year - the GTX780. The flavour of the hour? Gigabyte's Windforce edition, with a non-standard cooler, 91MHz increase to the base clock, and a 106MHz increase to the boost clock.
This card is set to unleash the GTX780 with its updated aesthetics, higher speeds, and beefier cooling. With all this being said, how much better can the Windforce cooler be over nVidia's stock solution, found both on the GTX780 and the Titan? I guess we'll have to find out.
Gigabyte have taken a break from their norm by releasing this card with a glorious black PCB, a far cry from the blue numbers that we're used to seeing from them. This change in form, though not unique to the GTX780 for Gigabyte, is a much welcome sight. The single blower-style intake of the stock cooler is gone, replaced with three large fans that are more typically seen on graphic cards, though a vapour chamber is still being employed to dissipate the GPU's heat over the normal heatsink designs.
Let's have a quick look at some tech specs before we get to the main video.
|Chipset||GeForce GTX 780|
|Memory Clock||6008 MHz|
|Core Clock||Base/Boost clock: 954/1006 MHz|
|Memory Size||3072 MB|
|Memory Bus||384 bit|
|Card Bus||PCI-E 3.0|
|Digital Max Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Analogue Max Resolution||2048 x 1536|
Dual-link DVI-I * 1
|Card Size||L=292mm, W=129mm, H=43mm|
Yes. Ooh yes. This card is, put simply, fantastic. The triple fan design of Gigabyte's Windforce cooler has been a little hit and miss in the past, but we're delighted to report that they've struck gold with this iteration. It looks fantastic, it's quiet, and its cooling capabilities are superior to the stock solution. As such, there's really not much more you could ever ask for from this card, other than the removal of the Windforce name tag that protrudes from the main body of the cooling chasis.
Gigabyte have used the reference GTX780 PCB for their card, which really is a blessing for the watercoolers among us. No custom PCB means no custom waterblock, and as nVidia have employed the near-as-damnit same PCB for the Titans and GTX780s, existing Titan waterblocks should have no problem with being fitted. With this being said, we would advise any of you who are thinking of getting this card wet to buy the standard non-Windforce version, as the aftermarket fans will be of little use after you've stripped them off.
The better the cooling solution on a graphics card the faster you'll be able to push the clocks whilst keeping things cool, and this definitely applies to this card. The Windforce cooler trumps the standard blower design, enabling the card to take the performance crown when overclocked and beating the Titan as the most powerful single-GPU video card on the planet. Oh, and it costs substantially less than the Titan, too.
Altogether and there really isn't much more to say about this card. It's a definite star in our eyes and we can see lots of positive feedback from future owners coming in later on. The stock GTX780 is an awesome card, but Gigabyte's Windforce cooler really does help set it free.
If you're after one of the most powerful single-GPU video cards on the planet, which looks fantastic, is quiet, and still manages to keep its cool, then you need look no further, but be aware that your case will need good airflow to keep everything in check.
Thankyou to Gigabyte for supplying us with this card today. Want to discuss this topic further? Be sure to visit the OC3D Forums!