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Nov
7
2013

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti Overclocking: Review, Benchmarks and Settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti Overclocking Benchmarks and Settings

The NVIDIA GTX 780Ti is already a beast of a card. It features a fully unlocked GK110 GPU with 2880 CUDA cores begging to be played with. With all this power left untapped, we decided to push it one step further and cranked it to 11.

The Setup

Motherboard     ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Memory     32GB Corsair Platinum
Graphics Card     NVIDIA GTX 780Ti
Power Supply     Corsair ATX 1200i
CPU     Intel 4960X at 4.4GHz

Specifications

When left stock, the NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti feautres 2880 CUDA cores, 3GB of VRAM, a 384 bit bus and a base clock of 876 MHz that auto boosts to 928 MHz. In comparison, the GTX 780 features 2304 CUDA cores. It also 3GB of VRAM on a 384bit bus and a 863 MHz base block that boosts to 902 Mhz.

We were able to push the base clock on the NVIDIA GTX 780Ti to 1145MHz, the memory clock to 1859 MHz with a 4% power increase.

Overclocking Benchmarks

Battlefield 4

Being one of the most popular franchises to date, Battlefield 4 is the latest addition to the series that takes full advantage of the latest hardware. For our settings, we set everything to Ultra with 4x MSAA enabled and set the resolution to 1920x1080p.

When left on stock settings, the GeForce GTX 780Ti had an average frame rate of 73.3 fps. When we pushed the card to its limits, we were able to hit 83.6 fps or a 10 fps gain.

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the NVIDIA GTX 780ti and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

The stock GTX 780Ti finished with 110.9 fps on Ultra with DDoF enabled. When overclocked, the same card was able to hit 120.8 fps.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is still one of the most demanding games currently out on the market. It's able to put any graphics card through its paces by throwing everything at it. For the settings, we cranked the graphics to Very High with 4x MSAA.

Being one of the most demanding games, we were surpised that were able to get over 60 fps on a single GPU card with a reference design. Before overclocking, we were able to get 54.6 fps. After, we hit 64.9 fps.

3DMark Firestrike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: Full Screen, High graphics, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

Conclusion

Even though the card we used to overclock had a reference design, it still had some power left untapped. After turning up all of the settings, we were able to get an average of 10 fps increase in each game. The 3DMark benchmark showed a unheard of 1100 point increase. With tools like EVGA Precision and MSI After Burner, overclocking has never been easier. If you pick up a NVIDIA GTX 780Ti, go ahead and try overclocking it. You'll be surpised at what the card can actually do.

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