Gigabyte nVidia GTX780 SLI vs GTX Titan SLI Comparison

Introduction and Test Setup

Gigabyte nVidia GTX780 SLI vs GTX Titan SLI Comparison 

Introduction

When we reviewed the GTX Titan we were left stunned by how much of a leap forward in performance it had. Then the GTX780 appeared and, frankly, we were left wondering why anybody would purchase a GTX Titan when nearly identical performance could be had from the GTX780. It was as if nVidia had made their own flagship card obsolete. 

However, we know that many people enjoy the sheer adulation that comes from owning such a premium piece of hardware. Indeed as many of those also prefer the amazing level of performance that can come from doubling up your cards in an SLI setup.

Which left us wondering. Is the GTX780 as outstanding in SLI as the GTX Titan SLI would be? What kind of performance could be had from such an expensive array of high-end cards?

With the British Summer finally appearing and us all being bathed in sunshine, the country feeling good because a Brit had finally won Wimbledon, then perhaps it's time to continue the sunny theme with some performance guaranteed to make you feel good. So let's test these two behemoths and see which of the two is the arrangement to have.

Test Setup

2x Gigabyte GTX780
2x Gigabyte GTX Titan
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  

Two cards always look gorgeous. There is just something about a pair that can't be matched by the twin-GPU single card options. With the i7-3960X pushing the cards hard, this is very much a money-no-object system.

Two Gigabyte GTX780s at the bottom, and two Gigabyte GTX Titan's at the top. We like the look of both the cards although the Titan is very understated for something that costs this much!

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Most Recent Comments

11-07-2013, 06:01:55

PBaines
Really worth the extra $$$ for the Titans? I think not! (Not for any mainstream user atleast)Quote

11-07-2013, 06:21:12

remember300
It was good to see you prediction from when the 780's came out, which was that unless your doing high res and multiple displays, there is not really any point to buy titans except for bragging rights, the only thing is i guess that when water cooling, maybe the titans with the extra ram will over take the 780's by a larger margin. But for the general person, (like me ) the 780 will make alot of happy boys and girls if its a single card or more.Quote

11-07-2013, 06:24:28

coolmiester
Great video as always Tom.......i notice at 20:36 you mention SLI watercooling briefly and suggest series is better and you’re not a fan of parallel which is something i have always been a fan of also but would love to see a video of the two methods back to back while you’ve got the 780’s or Titans in house

............as if you haven't got enough on your plate Quote

11-07-2013, 07:15:57

SieB
Personally i'd be a bit ed off with Nvidia if i'd bought a Titan only for them to release the 780 for a few hundred quid cheaper.

it's the same with the 680 and 670. Some 670s (Asus DCII) have the same performance and overclock better than some 680s. Not that much of a price difference between the 670 and 680 though, not compared to the 780 and Titan anyway.

Just like the 670s there are a few 780s with aftermarket coolers and factory overclocks which most likely beat the Titan as well.

As Tom said though the Titan is an Epeen card and most people that bought one bought it for that reason. Nothing wrong with that though.Quote

11-07-2013, 07:21:27

antihero
Nice video Tom, glad to see you're back. However, I have one small gripe. Why did you compare a 780 @ 954/1006 to a Titan @ 837/876 ? Not to defend the Titan but wouldn't it be fair to compare them stock to stock and/or OC to OC??Quote
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