Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce Review
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.
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.
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.
Connectivity is the regulation nVidia 6+8pin power, and DisplayPort, HDMI and twin DVI outputs.