NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Custom Models Round-Up – Which One is the Best?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Custom Models Round-Up – Which One is the Best?

NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 780
graphics card has been out since three months and is currently the
fastest GeForce 700 series card in NVIDIA’s lineup. Since its launch,
NVIDIA’s board partners have
released some very impressive custom models featuring enhanced cooling
design, faster clock speeds and non-reference PCBs with powerful VRM and
phase design.

I wanted to do a round-up of these cards since the first custom made
GeForce GTX 780 was unveiled. But at that time, it would had been
pointless since most of the non-reference cards were yet to be released
and only a short list of details were available regarding them. But now,
the entire non-reference lineup has been launched with the exception of
MSI’s GeForce GTX 780 Lightning which would also launch in five days
but we have almost every detail available regarding it so let’s do a
round-up and now which GeForce GTX 780 model is the best purchase in
terms of value, design and performance.

We start off with the EVGA’s
GeForce GTX 780 Classified featuring the new ACX cooling design which
made its debut with the GeForce 700 series. The GeForce GTX 780 comes
with clock speeds of 993 MHz stock and 1046 MHz boost which the 3 GB
GDDR5 memory is clocked at 6 GHz (effective). The card features a 14
phase VRM and an enhanced power supply which is powered up through dual
8-Pin connectors. The ACX cooler
is the most impressive thing about the Classified with dual stack
aluminum fin heatsinks coupled with 6 nickel plated heat-pipes. The card
would occupy two slots but the width is pretty big and may interfere with side panel’s on small cases. The classy also comes with voltage measurement
points at side of the PCB and features a Dual BIOS. The EVGA GeForce
GTX 780 Classified is retailing at $50 more at $699.99. The price is
absolutely fine for the custom designed card.

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OCASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC

ASUS also introduced an
updated design to their DirectCU II cooler with the GeForce GTX 780
DirectCU II OC. The card runs at 889 MHz stock and 941 MHz boost speed
while memory remains clocked at the reference 6008 mhz. ASUS uses an
non-reference Digi+ VRM on their card featuring a 10 Phase Super Alloy
Power design and featuring volt mod and voltage measuring points for
enthusiast. The card is powered through 6+8 Pin connectors. The cool
tech fan design introduced on the new DirectCU II cooler consists of a
hybrid blade and bearing design, with inner radial blower and outer
flower-type blades. With two large PWM fans and a large aluminum fin
heatsink which is featuring five copper heatpipes that ensure grade A
cooling performance. The ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC retails for $669.99.

Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF (Hall of Fame)

Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF_1

Galaxy came in the non-reference game a bit late with the GeForce GTX
780 HOF but when they did, they totally set a new mark in GPU design
and performance. I will be honest to you guys, since its first unveil i
have been a fan of the GTX 780 Hall of Fame with it claiming impressive
records on both air and LN2 cooling. The GPU is clocked at 1006 MHz
stock and 1058 MHz boost and 6008 MHz effective clock for the memory.
The PCB is entirely custom with an CHiL CHL8318 VR11.1 powered 8+2 phase
power supply featuring  POSCAP capacitors and  IR3550 rated at 60A. The
best part about the PCB itself is that its colored white and design
scheme of the cooler matches it. It comes with a triple slot cooler which may be a downside for some users, power is provided through two eight pin connectors.
The cooler features two large fans cooling the vapor chamber heatsink
below it that’s equipped with three large heatpipes. A hyper boost
hardware overdrive switch is located on the I/O that further boosts
clocking speeds. The Galaxy GTX 780 HOF retails at $689.99.

MSI GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNINGMSI GeForce GTX 780 Lightning

MSI has yet to release their GeForce GTX 780 LIGHTNING next
week but the design and features of the card have already been unveiled
so let’s take a look. The LIGHTNING cards from MSI stick with a black
and yellow design to which the GTX 780 Lightning stays loyal. The card
comes with an impressive 20 Phase VRMs along with the latest DrMOS 4
being the next-gen MOSFET. This is part of the new Triple Force
architecture that has been featured on the new card. Three of
everything, that includes the cooler, power, and even triple BIOS for
the first time on a graphics card. The cooler being the main attraction
of the card is quiet large and comes with three fans, two 100 mm and a
80mm in the middle of the shroud, these provide air to the stacked
aluminum fin heatsink that feature seven heatpipes. On the backside, the
card features the MSI reactor module that enhanced power delivery and
reduces EMI interference. Overall, the card looks great and would also
perform better. The clock speeds are not known at the moment but the
reported price is pretty steep at $749.99 +. We will have to wait for
official words on the pricing.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 WindForce 3X

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 WindForce 3X_1

Gigabyte has been using the WindForce cooler on their graphic cards
since quiet some time. The GeForce GTX 780 WindForce 3X OC GPU got a
revised version of the cooler with a solid shroud and heatsink layout
capable of handling 450W of load. The card operates at 954 MHz base and
1006 MHz boost while the memory comes with a clock speed of 6008 MHz.
Gigabyte didn’t made a non-reference approach to the PCB and kept the
reference one from NVIDIA. Backed by a solid triple fan WindForce 3X
cooler, users would be able to obtain some nice overclock frequencies.
The cooler makes use of two 8mm and four 6mm cooper heat-pipes, the card
is powered through 8 + 6 Pin connectors. The card retails at $649.99
which is the reference price of the card so as an addition, users get a
better cooler for no extra cost. I do want to mention that while the
WindForce 3X currently is Gigabyte’s fastest card, it would soon be
replaced by their GeForce GTX 780 SOC (Super Overclock) which will be
revealed in the up-coming months.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra

Inno3D GeForce GTX 780 iChill

Inno3D revamped their iChill offering with the debut of the GeForce
600 series from NVIDIA, with Hybrid cooled solutions to the beastly
HerculeZ air-coolers. Their GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ x3 Ultra that falls
under the iChill brand in nothing short of a monster with clock speeds
reaching 1006 MHz stock, 1046 MHz boost and 6200 MHz on the memory.
Although the card comes with a reference design PCB, the cooler makes up
for it with a much impressive design with a hot backplate. The HerculeZ
X3 cooler has three fans pushing air to a large heatsink block equipped
with 5 heatpipes. Power is provided through an 8 Pin + 6 Pin
configuration. The iChill GeForce GTX 780 HerculeZ x3 Ultra retails for
around € 669.99.

Gainward GeForce GTX 780 Phantom GLH

Gainward GeForce GTX 780 Phantom GLH_1

Gainward returns to the phantom brand with their top tier GeForce GTX
780 Phantom GLH. The card comes with a non-reference PCB design backed
by a 8+2 phase pwm design fitted with top of the line power components.
The card offers over-voltage for overclockers and voltage measuring. The
GPU is clocked at 980 MHz stock and 1033 MHz boost while the memory
comes with an overclocked clock speed of 6200 MHz. The GPU is powered
through 8 + 6 Pin connectors. The Phantom cooling design on the Gainward
GTX 780 looks fantastic with an innovative cooling scheme which may at
first look like a passive cooled card but the fans are actually seated
beneath the exposed aluminum heatsink that’s covered by a glossy plastic
shroud on the top. The fans can be easily removed without even
unscrewing the cooler from the PCB. This is made possible thanks to the
screws that can be removed to bring out the fans. The card retails
at £629.99.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 AMP!

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780 AMP!

ZOTAC also made its entry recently to the custom GTX 780 GPU lineup
with their GeForce GTX 780 AMP!. The GeForce GTX 780 AMP! sticks to the
reference PCB design featuring overclocked speeds of 1006 MHz base and
1059 MHz boost while the memory comes at a clock speed of 6208 MHz. The
AMP! cooler used on the GTX 780 features three fans, two being 92mm and a
100mm PWM controlled fan in the middle. The cooler looks great and the
card being available for the reference price of $649.99 is nice. It
would be nice to see ZOTAC come up with an Extreme Edition remake of the
GeForce GTX 780 GPU.

Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 780 KudanColorful iGame GeForce GTX 780 Kudan_1

If you want a GeForce GTX 780 that’s big, powerful, covers three
slots, has tons of heatsinks, comes with an external power board, screw
box and even paints so you can customize it, then look no further than
the iGame GTX 780 Kudan from Colorful. Colorful is NVIDIA’s Chinese AIB
partner but their graphic cards are also available in European regions
most of the time.

Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 780 Kudan_2

The Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 780 Kudan offers so much that it has
to be the best GTX 780 ever made. I don’t have any knowledge regarding
the clock speeds but they have to be factory overclocked with such a
beastly PWM area featuring 12+2 phase VRM and equipped with top of the
line components, the card is an overclockers dream come true. The card
comes with its own external power board that can hot wired to gain
additional power. The cooler covers three slots with three 100 mm fans
pushing air towards two stacks of aluminum fin array heatsinks
interlinked with 10 6mm heatpipes. There’s a BIOS switch at the I/O
which offers makes the card runs at faster clock speeds through a saved
factory OC profile. As far as pricing goes, VGA.It186
mentions a price of 5999 YEN (Chinese) for the card which amounts to
$980 US. For this price, one can get a GeForce GTX Titan or even the
GeForce GTX 690 but it should be taken in note that none of those cards
offer the amount of customization and overclocking the reference only
cards from NVIDIA have to.  And if you think the card is big, wait till you check out its packaging:

GTX 780 iGame Kudan Awesome

Note – If you think we missed any custom made GeForce
GTX 780 model, do mention it in the comment section below. We will
gladly add it to this article!
This article originally appeared on WCCFTech (Link)

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