In the latter part of last month, NVIDIA dropped its new successor to the crown. The GTX 700 Series of video cards isn’t quite the pinnacle of gaming performance but it ranks in the upper tier with many new upgrades over its predecessors allowing it to cruise in any of the new age games on the market today. We will break down the architecture of this new build and see how it stacks up to the previous models in terms of overall value.
NVIDIA GTX 770 and GTX 780 Comparison
At the heart of the basic build of NVIDIA cards for almost the last decade has been the CUDA core technology that the card is built on. What is CUDA? Why not let NVIDIA tell you. “CUDA™ is a parallel computing platform and programming model that enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU)” states their home website which is basically a nice way of saying their technology that gets more out of the beefy GK110 GPU. The CUDA platform is not new as it has been around since the early to mid 2000’s but its presence has grown with each graphic card rendition. Currently the 780 sports 2304 CUDA cores to the 770’s 1536 cores. As you can see that is a pretty significant difference in CUDA coring which is why it can overtake the 770 even though the 770 has a higher boost and base clock as you will see in the pictures that follow.
Now onto the more tangible specs that these latest and greatest cards tout. The 770 has a solid texture fill rate of 134 billion pixels per second which roughly states how fast it can pixelate which pales in comparison to the 780’s 160 1/2 Bil PPS. The 770’s memory clock is a Gb/s faster but the 780 makes up for it in a couple of different important areas. The base memory config on the 770 and 780 respectively are at 2GB with a 256 interface width and 3GB with a 384 bit interface width of rocking GDDR5 showcasing a greater amount of memory space and allocation potential over their predecessors. Also on the memory home front, the memory bandwidth of the 780 is a staggering 288 GB/s while the 770 runs at a solid 224 GB/s. All of these stats combine into two ferocious cards that will be able to rock the best games of today.
Some people have criticized the 700 series of basically being a stripped down Titan without all the bells and whistles. Personally, I believe that is a valid criticism since the Titan runs on the same tech with beefier memory size/access, more CUDA power, and better architecture. But here is the kicker, you are looking in the $400 – $600 range for the very efficient 700 series while around $1000 for the extra fancy Titan series. This tremendous drop in price in comparison with the spec drop actually benefits the mid range budget gamer. The spec drop isn’t that significant as the price drop would lead you to believe. Don’t get me wrong, the Titan is the superior card but for considerably less you could get a solid video performer in the 700 series. Depending on your cash flow, you have a multitude of options in the NVidia family.
The 700 series of NVidia’s new video cards stacks up to the competition very favorably. Considering it’s price and overall internal technology, it has a lot of bang for it’s buck. If you have a little more scratch and want the best of the best, run up to the Titan level. But if you want a great card for a high end gaming system, you could do far worse than the 780. Below are a couple of links to Newegg where you can purchase the 770 and 780. Check em out and we will compare ATI’s new line and see how these two stack up against each other on specs and overall gaming. Come back for the next article to see how they round out!
Newegg’s Deals – GXT 770: Buy it Here!
Newegg’s Deals – GXT 780: Buy it Here!
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