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I picked up a 670 FTW a couple weeks after release last year, and had been running it at a descent OC of 1241, 7290. When the 780 came out it seemed like a great deal to me. I mean Titan level single GPU performance for $650... what's not to love?! So anyway, I ordered a 780 a couple weeks back, and to kill some time while waiting for it (quite impatiently I might add tongue.gif) I decided to bench my 670 so that when my 780 came I could overclock it as well and compare the two just for personal reference.

Here's the results.

As stated above the 670 is running at 1241Mhz core, 7290Mhz effective memory.

The 780 is running at 1202Mhz core, 6110Mhz effective memory. (I think I got the worst memory OCing 780 ever thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif )

The system is my sig rig of course.

Heaven 4 (extreme settings, 1600x900, windowed mode)

670 FTW:


780:


Improvement of 25.5 FPS, or 52%

Valley (extreme settings, 1600x900, windowed mode)

670 FTW:



780:


Improvement of 28.3 FPS, or 46%

3DMark 11 (Performance)

670 FTW:




780:


Improvement of 4752 in Graphics Score, or 47%


That's an overall improvement of about 48% on average (for these tests at least). I am quite happy with the results, and I can definitely tell the difference while playing certain GPU taxing games.

Well I hope this may help somebody who is on the fence about upgrading to a 780. thumb.gif

Edited by estabya - 6/18/13 at 8:21pm
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An excellent card indeed!
I'd love to see 1080p benchs though.
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An excellent card indeed!
I'd love to see 1080p benchs though.

Well I can run some 1080 benches with the 780 tomorrow, but unfortunately the 780 is already sold and shipped sadsmiley.gif
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Thanks this was helpful. + rep. How did you feel about the cost benefit ratio of the 780 vs 670. Why didn't you go sli? My reasoning is your performance increased 50%, but if you sold your 670 for $300ish, you'd be paying over 2x the money to get 50% more FPS. If you went sli you'd get 0-80% for the same investment. I am asking because I am considering the same question. Do I sli my 670 or sell and upgrade. Sli seams most logical, but you can sli your 780 later too and that would kick ass. Still if they lower the 780 price to $500, then the current 780 buyers will feel bummed.
 
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Thanks this was helpful. + rep. How did you feel about the cost benefit ratio of the 780 vs 670. Why didn't you go sli? My reasoning is your performance increased 50%, but if you sold your 670 for $300ish, you'd be paying over 2x the money to get 50% more FPS. If you went sli you'd get 0-80% for the same investment. I am asking because I am considering the same question. Do I sli my 670 or sell and upgrade. Sli seams most logical, but you can sli your 780 later too and that would kick ass. Still if they lower the 780 price to $500, then the current 780 buyers will feel bummed.

I VERY seriously considered going SLI but decided against it for three main reasons:

1: Lack of VRAM with 2gb cards as well as 256 bit versus 384 bit memory bus. I know that this isn't a big deal for any game right now at 1080p, although we all know there are certain games that really eat through the VRAM esp. with mods. I just wanted to be sure that I'd be safe for a year or two as far as memory goes, and I didn't want there to be any possible bottleneck from the memory bus like there are in certain games (although it is minor). What it kind of comes down to as far as this goes is that the 6xx series isn't what I had hoped for on the high end with the 256 bit bus (especially considering the 680/670 were a step BACK from the 580).

2: I wanted Boost 2.0. This might seem sort of silly or trivial, but I was very interested in being able to manage my OC with power AND temperature. It was very intriguing to me when it came out on the Titan, but I definitely wasn't about to drop $1000 on that thing.

3: (Silliest one) I like to have the newest generation card. I have ever since the 400 series. I went from 580 to 670 last year simply because it was so damn close in perfromance to the 680 that spending the extra money seemed pointless (which was proven true by the fact that my 670 was faster at max OC than my buddy's 680 Superclocked at max OC). But when the 770 came out as just a pimped out 680, I knew I had to do myself a favor and grab a 780. I always plan on going SLI when the new cards come out, but usually the next generation always makes me so wet I can't help myself but upgrade.

And to be fair, it's not like I NEEDED this card for 1080p. I ran everything save Crysis 3 just fine maxed with my 670. I just had the reasons listed above, which apparently for me was enough to drop $650 on a GPU tongue.gif
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Thanks for the insight. I understand your reasoning. It is hard not to upgrade, especially if you can afford to do so, even if it doesn't make complete fiscal sense. I upgrade my iPhone every year (I usually manage to break even doing so) even though there is no real reason to do so.
 
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Thanks for the insight. I understand your reasoning. It is hard not to upgrade, especially if you can afford to do so, even if it doesn't make complete fiscal sense. I upgrade my iPhone every year (I usually manage to break even doing so) even though there is no real reason to do so.

Haha I upgrade my phone every year as well thumb.gif

Now if only I could stretch my budget to upgrade my car annually tongue.gif
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Nice write up. +rep. I'm hoping to get a 780 real soon as soon as I can get my hands on a ACX model. Coming from a 580 should be a big difference. Ill run the same tests and see what I come up with.
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Nice write up. +rep. I'm hoping to get a 780 real soon as soon as I can get my hands on a ACX model. Coming from a 580 should be a big difference. Ill run the same tests and see what I come up with.

I would be very interested in seeing that coming from a 580. Unfortunately I didn't think to do this back when I went from a 580 to 670. I'll bet you see some huge improvements. From what I have seen it looks as though a 780 is roughly equivalent to 580 2-way SLI.
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