Gainward’s plain GTX 780 Ti is based on the reference design and it is widely available for 600 euro, but Gainward has created something a bit better in terms of performance. It is the GTX 780 Ti Phantom card which comes with factory overclock and custom Phantom cooler. At press time we could not find the Phantom card in online shops, but expect to pay small price premium for the custom cooler and factory overclock.
If you’re in the market for a good non-reference card there are two reasons to give this card a closer look. First of all it is overclocked and the factory overclock is pretty impressive. Secondly, its cooler performs very well indeed – and it’s quiet despite higher GPU clocks. If you think that’s worth a couple of tenners extra, keep reading (we do not want to discuss the already high price for the GTX 780 Ti set by Nvidia itself).
GTX 780 Ti Phantom card has 2 dual-link DVI ports, one standard HDMI port and DisplayPort.
The base clock for the GPU on the reference GTX 780 Ti card is 875MHz and the Boost clock is 928MHz, while the memory runs at 7000 MHz effective. On the Gainward GTX 780 Ti the base clock is 980MHz with a 1046MHz Boost clock. The memory is not overclocked, it runs on the reference clock, 7000MHz effective.
The GK110-425-B1 that powers the GTX 780 Ti has 1536KB of L2 cache, 5 graphics processing clusters, 15 streaming multiprocessors, 2880 CUDA cores, 240 Texture Units, 48 ROP units, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory running on a 384 memory bus. The cards total memory bandwidth is 336GB/s, Texture filtering rate Bilinear is 235 Gigatexels/sec.
In addition to the impressive spec, the Phantom also looks nice. It uses a massive triple-slot cooler which makes it look pretty mean, but then again a triple-slot cooler isn’t a great choice for all users.
It is perfectly understandable that the overclocked GTX 780 Ti Phantom heats up a bit more than the GTX 780 Ti reference card, but thanks to great Phantom cooler temperature level is roughly the same. Highest GPU temperature recorded in the game was 84 degrees Celsius. The reference GTX 780 Ti card in the same game hit 85 degrees Celsius. Note that the Phantom card on average has a 100MHz + higher GPU clock. The best news is that despite the factory overclock and moderate temperature levels the Phantom cooler is still quiet and noise is simply not an issue.
GTX 780 Ti reference
GTX 780 Ti Phantom
The fan management is excellent and the three fans won’t surprise you with sudden RPM fluctuations. You can see how that the fan gradually accelerates when we start a game and slowly decelerates when we’re done gaming.
When it comes to performance levels, Gainward GTX 780 Ti Phantom tops in almost all our performance charts and that is enough proof of what this card can do for you.
Stay tuned for the full review.