Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review

Introduction and Up Close

Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review 

Introduction

So we've looked at the reference GTX780 and found it to be probably the most impressive card we've ever reviewed. A country mile ahead of anything remotely comparable, and a darn sight cheaper than the only only single GPU that came close, the GTX Titan.

Clearly you want a GK110 in your system. Heck we all do. But maybe you don't want to go with a reference designed card which is a bit warm and a bit noisier than some third-party cooling options. Enter the Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce, the GTX780 equipped with the tri-fan Gigabyte cooling solution.

This extra cooling potential should enable us to get the most out of the GK110, so without further ado let's take a look at the Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce, and put it through its paces.

Up Close

We've often commented about how the Windforce cooler is a good performer but really looks awful, because it's always stuck onto cards without much care for how much hangs over the edge. Thankfully with the GTX780 PCB it looks great, matching up perfectly with the length of card. It's also good to see Gigabyte resist the temptation to use their bright blue PCB and stick to the all black number.

Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review     Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review  

Oddly we miss the big Geforce GTX stamp on the side of the reference card. We understand why Gigabyte have focussed upon their own brand, but who wouldn't want to shout loudly about the beast at the heart of their system? It's why windows in cases were invented. 

The Windforce cooler is a combination of a lot of heatpipes, a high fin density and three fan which provide consistent cooling across the card without needing to spin at the speed of the galaxy to achieve their cooling potential.

Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review     Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review  

Connectivity is the regulation nVidia 6+8pin power, and DisplayPort, HDMI and twin DVI outputs.

Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review     Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review  

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Most Recent Comments

23-05-2013, 10:29:49

antihero
Chill out duder, I just changed my pants. Quote

23-05-2013, 10:46:04

yassarikhan786
Love the fact that Gigabyte are finally using a black PCB. I didn't particularly mind the blue PCB, but the black PCB just looks classier.

The performance increase with the overclock is very impressive indeed. The Titan seems kinda obsolete looking at the potential price difference.Quote

23-05-2013, 11:06:58

SolarNova
I've been saying for a month or 2 that if the 780 is below £600 stock , i will get one over a Titan if the Titan is still more than £750.

Now these aftermarket versions r coming out of the works, ..just ..wow. Titan performance, somtimes more somtimes less, but always damn close, for maybe £200 less. I am DEFFINATLY getting a GTX 780, probably a Gigabyte,Asus, or EVGA OC'd one. And i cant wait.

Honestlly reading the performance results i was shaking with excitement ..cant wait Quote

23-05-2013, 11:13:29

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolarNova View Post
I've been saying for a month or 2 that if the 780 is below £600 stock , i will get one over a Titan if the Titan is still more than £750.

Now these aftermarket versions r coming out of the works, ..just ..wow. Titan performance, somtimes more somtimes less, but always damn close, for maybe £200 less. I am DEFFINATLY getting a GTX 780, probably a Gigabyte,Asus, or EVGA OC'd one. And i cant wait.

Honestlly reading the performance results i was shaking with excitement ..cant wait
Yeah, I'm really tempted by the Gigabyte 780, seeing that I have the 580 version of the card, which is still running quite strong.Quote

23-05-2013, 11:33:56

Humanoid1
Although it is a great card for games, its sucks pretty bad when it comes to compute apps, even the trusty old 580 can beat it in many cases Quote
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