Nvidia unveils a less titanic Titan.
When AMD launched its new high-end Radeon R9 290X GPU, we didn’t expect to have to wait long until Nvidia retorted. After all, the very nature of the GPU market is one-upmanship, of delivering small batch, ultra fast and ultra expensive cards designed to capture the hearts and minds of gamers.
What we didn’t expect was the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a card that is essentially a Titan without some of the GPGPU specific features. While it comes burdened with a massive pricetag, it isn’t as massive as Titan, and it is an excellent showpiece for Nvidia, even if it is targeted well above the vast majority of mere mortals.
The 780 Ti has 2880 shader processors to the Titan’s 2688, but lacks the double precision floating point capabilities of Titan. Gamers won’t notice the small differences between the two cards, but they will notice the huge savings made when going with a 780 Ti instead of a Titan.
Like most high-end cards, the 780 Ti will be wasted on 1080p gaming, especially a tweaked-up version like Gigabyte’s special Gigahertz Edition card (whicht can boost to 1150MHz, up from the standard 928MHz). This is a card for 1920 x 1440, or to be used in SLI with a second card for 4K gaming.
Overall this Gigabyte card is an incredibly impressive unit, one capable of pumping out ridiculous image quality at decent framerates. It smashed through our standard Crysis test with 66fps at very high detail, and delivered a truly lovely experience in Crysis 3, where it ran with everything cranked to maximum at a very playable 34fps.
The only thing working against the GTX 780 Ti is the pricetag at the moment. While the R9 290X has settled somewhat, and can be found starting at $650, the newer 780 Ti will set you back around $800 at the time of writing. If money is no option we’d go for the 780 Ti, hands down, but if you want to save the R9 290X remains a tempting balance of price and performance.