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May 24, 2013

NVidia unveils GeForce GTX 780

NVidia has recently lifted the curtain off of the first of two GeForce 700 series GPUs that will be unveiled this year, NVidia GeForce GTX 780.

The latest addition to the GeForce lineup is the successor of the crowd-pleaser GTX 680 from mid-last year. On average, this Kepler-based (GK110) GPU is said to deliver a 35% increase in performance over its predecessor thanks to 50% more CUDA cores and memory. NVidia also included a handful of optimizations such as Adaptive VSync, TXAA and PhysX to further enhance the GTX 780’s performance.

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Now should you feel the need to turn things up a notch (or more), you’d be delighted to know that the GTX 780 is imbued with GPU Boost 2.0 technology similar to GTX Titan. What this tool does is that it automatically increases the video card’s clock speed to provide improved performance in resource-heavy tasks until it reaches the Temperature Target. In addition to this, the GPU Boost 2.0 also gives user full control over the Boost behavior by allowing them to increase/decrease the Temperature Target and manipulate the fan speed through a third-party software like EVGA Precision X.

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Apart from the aforementioned features and the claimed performance bump, the GTX 780 is also outfitted with what Andrew Bell (VP of Engineering at NVidia) would describe as “the most sophisticated thermal solution we’ve ever created”. It involves a high-quality aluminum frame with vapor chamber cooling system and an adaptive temperature controller that not only effectively dissipates heat away from the card, but also minimizes the fan speed fluctuations which in turn limits the amount of noise that the fans generates.

NVidia GeForce GTX 780 specs:

GPU Engine:
Architecture: Kepler GK110
CUDA Cores: 2304
TFR: 160.5 Billion/Sec
Memory:
Bus Type: GDDR5
Bus Width: 384-bit
Capacity: 3GB
Bandwidth: 288.4 Gbps
Clock: 6 Gbps
Bus Interface: PCI Express 6.0
Display:
Max. Digital Resolution: 4096 x 2160
Max. VGA Resolution: 2048 x 1536
Display Out: 1x DL-DVI-I, 1x DL-DVI-D, 1x HDMI & 1x DisplayPort
Multi-display support: Yes, up to 4 monitors
Power and Performance:
TDP: 250-watts
GFLOPS: 3977
GFLOPS-per-Watt: 15.85
Dimension: 111.05 (H) x 266.7mm (L), Dual-Slot

The GTX 780 has one last trick up its sleeve, and that is the NVidia GeForce Experience which was launched alongside the new GPU. This software add-on identifies a gamer’s setup and automatically adjusts the 3D settings of a game based on the data it gathered, to ensure that the gameplay will always be top-notch. The GeForce Experience also checks for any GeForce Game Ready driver updates to keep the GPU up-to-date with all the latest advancements and running at an optimal rate.

The NVidia GeForce GTX 780 is now available through various add-in cards suppliers like ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, just to site a few. Its SRP starts at $649.

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Written by Ron Bulaong

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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