Gainward GTX 780 TI Phantom First Look

Gainward GTX 780 TI Phantom

Gainward GTX 780 TI Phantom

Introduction

The GTX 780 TI is one of the most powerful cards around at the moment. In tackling the higher resolutions, there really is no better option for the price than a couple of 780 TIs. As much as we loved the reference ‘Titan’ cooler that is on the standard 780 TIs, over the past few weeks, we’ve seen more and more non-reference designed cards. We recently looked at the Palit Jetstream 780 TI which we thought looked very impressive, and although not to everyone’s taste, the performance of the triple fan cooler was remarkable.

Next in the line-up of the 780 TIs is Gainward’s offering; the Gainward GTX780 TI Phantom. The Phantom cooler has been with us for years now, and despite a few changes to the internals, the Phantom has kept its sleek external design and the hidden fans, as well as the ability to remove the fans for cleaning without having to take the heatsink off!

Specifications

Product Name  :   

Gainward GeForce® GTX 780 Ti Phantom

Barcode  :   

426018336-3057

GPU  :   

GeForce GTX 780 Ti

GPU Clockspeed  :   

1046 MHz (boost) / 980 MHz (base)

Memory  :   

3072MB GDDR5 (384 bits)

Memory Clockspeed  :   

3500 MHz (DDR7000)

Pixels per clock (peak)  :   

N/A

Bandwidth  :   

336 GB/s

Ramdac  :   

400 MHz

Bus  :   

PCI-Express 3.0 x 16

Cooling  :   

2.5 Slot Fan cooler

Video-Features  :   

HDMI

Connectivity  :   

Dual DVI, DisplayPort

Product Size  :   

274mm x 112mm

Power Connector  :   

8-pin *2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Conclusion

We really like the look of Gainward’s Phantom cooler. It keeps a very minimalistic design on the outside, with no fans visible on the exterior, which is very rare to see these days. The heatsink itself is in sight, as well as the sleek black shrouding. As the black is a very neutral colour, this card is able to look amazing in any system it’s placed in. Gainward have clearly put a lot of effort in to the design of this and we think it’s really paid off!

Another thing to note on the 780 TI Phantom, is that all three fans are removable. The Phantom cooler is the only one around which allows and is a really great feature to see. With any high end PC, the case should be kept well dust filtered, and have a positive air pressure inside the case so air is forced out of ventilation holes rather than sucked in. However, over time, a little dust build up should always be expected, and some of this dust will inevitably end up blocking the graphics card’s heatsink which will increase temperatures, making the fans spin faster and give you a louder sounding PC. With other graphics cards, you’re forced to remove the whole heatsink in order to give it a proper clean. With certain brands, this can void the warranty, and even if it doesn’t it may still be a daunting process for the average user. However, with the 780 TI Phantom, you’re able to remove the fans from the heatsink for cleaning, without having to remove the entire cooler. This is a really innovative design and can save the user a lot of time in cleaning.

The cooler does take up two and a half slots which may cause issues if you want to SLI these cards on a more compact motherboard. Most motherboards these days are designed to accommodate cards such as this, and so it hopefully won’t cause you any problems, but it may be something to bear in mind if you’re wishing to run a pair of these with a soundcard, and perhaps a WiFi card or another form of PCI(E) device.

Overall, we think the Gainward GTX 780 TI looks very promising. The large, well designed cooler should enable the card to run incredibly cool and quiet, even whilst under load, and with the Nvidia GTX 780 TI in the core, you can expect performance to be staggering too!

Thank you to Gainward for supplying the card. You can discuss your thoughts over on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2013, 11:05:13

powerfuse0
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in modding a case that I'm soon to replace.
I realise it's a bit of a weird question but I just thought the case is a little too beautiful to waste. It's from what I know about it, a rare.
Hiper Osiris, it's a really beautiful black brushed metal case with a nice set of hdd bays and it's in my opinion really nicely presented.
HOWEVER, the inside of the case is fairly impracticable, there is no space in which to get behind the cpu to readily change the cooler, there is no space for cable management and the cooling capabilities could be improved.

So i'm swapping it out for a corsair 500R.

I thought i'd ask as someone might make a nice mod for it at some point and I think with a little TLC it might make a really nice case, and it seems a waste just to bin it. I don't yet have the 500R so it wouldn't be immediate.

If there is no interest I may wait until the summer and perhaps have a go at modding it myself but I have very limited experience.

here is a picture:

http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u9069...Hiper_full.jpgQuote

08-12-2013, 11:13:23

Feronix
PMing the user to ask what exactly his intentions are; If he wants to sell it, give it away or have someone mod it for him.
Will post back when I have an answer.

What do we do if he wants to give it away? OC3D Freebies section or would it belong in FS&W and thus be deleted?Quote

08-12-2013, 11:33:25

tinytomlogan
He is offering to give it away - we could let him have access to FS&W to do this?


Someone PM him and inform him and say what we can doQuote

08-12-2013, 12:11:51

SPS
Did you follow this one up Feronix?Quote

08-12-2013, 12:13:00

Feronix
Quote:
Well I wouldn't mind giving it away. I don't have the new case yet though so I was just seeing if there was registered interest.
Sorry If I wasn't clear.
Thoughts?Quote

08-12-2013, 12:15:41

SPS
I suggest he waits until he is able to give it away then we can open a FS/W thread for any moddersQuote

08-12-2013, 12:21:10

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
I suggest he waits until he is able to give it away then we can open a FS/W thread for any modders
I'd be okay with this.
As long as it's not a first come, first serve thing. Maybe let people post their ideas what they want to do with it and get them to do a log?Quote

08-12-2013, 12:31:49

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I'd be okay with this.
As long as it's not a first come, first serve thing. Maybe let people post their ideas what they want to do with it and get them to do a log?
Well I think it would be at discretion of the owner based on people's ideas. Obviously we can't enforce people follow through with their ideas though.Quote

08-12-2013, 12:43:41

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
Well I think it would be at discretion of the owner based on people's ideas. Obviously we can't enforce people follow through with their ideas though.
Nah I meant that we could ask him just to make it a bit more interesting. It's his case after all.

Tom, should I tell him that he'll have to wait until he can actually give it away and then we'll give him acces to FS&W so he can make a new thread there?Quote

08-12-2013, 12:46:23

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Nah I meant that we could ask him just to make it a bit more interesting. It's his case after all.
Ahh ok.Quote

08-12-2013, 13:08:53

jamesriley94
If someone's giving something away for free for the purpose of being modded, it needs to be given to somebody who we'd be sure would do that I think.

As soon as people start saying 'free', everyone registers interest regardless of intent.

Being in the FS&W section would hopefully prevent this to an extent, but it would still be relatively hard to police/double check.

It's a nice gesture from his part, just don't suddenly want everyone to jump on him to get a free case.Quote

08-12-2013, 13:15:19

SPS
Yup I agree. There are enough members on here with the ability to do something worthwhile with it, whether they can all see the FS/W section, I dont know..Quote

08-12-2013, 13:51:31

jamesriley94
Hmm, I dunno though really.

Tbh, we can't really stop someone giving something away...
Just at the same time, we don't want it all to cause arguments if it ends up going to somebody who's just got it because it's free...

There's a lot of people on here who have the ability to mod it, but whether they actually will or not is a different question.

I say let him give it away (don't even think it needs to be in the FS&W section as long as we keep an eye on it), but a criteria of 'the person who gets this has to mod it' isn't really going to work too well. Just has to be a nice, friendly give-away.Quote

08-12-2013, 15:26:18

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by powerfuse0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by powerfuse0
Well I wouldn't mind giving it away. I don't have the new case yet though so I was just seeing if there was registered interest.
Sorry If I wasn't clear.
Hello,

Sorry for keeping you waiting!

We have decided that you should wait until you have your new case and you can actually give this one away. When your new case arrives, you can PM any of the mods and we'll make sure you get acces to the For Sale & Wanted section of the forums and you can post a thread there (or we can move the original thread there for you).

You can decide how/to who you're going to give it away if there are multiple people that want it, it's your case after all

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or any of the other mods.

Take care,
Rick
Alright thanks, very kind.
Regards,
Chris
Well then...Quote
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