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GALAXY GTX 780 Ti HOF+ - Performance Test

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Introduction

The GTX 780 Ti HOF+ is the top-end graphics card from GALAXY. GALAXY claims that the GTX 780 Ti HOF+ will be the highest performing GTX 780 Ti out of the box, though this crown has been overthrown by the mighty EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition few months later. This graphics card features a custom 2.5-slot dual fan cooler and hybrid heat pipe with Vapor Chamber cooling technology to ensure excellent cooling performance. The Hyper Boost hardware overdrive switch supercharges the card’s clock speed to the next level of performance. The GTX 780 Ti HOF+ combines extraordinary power and cooling performance to provide an entirely new class of graphics performance. It is every overclocker’s dream card and I am so lucky to get a hand on it and have it benched on my test rig.

Product Link: http://www.galaxytech.com/__EN_GB__/Product2/ProductDetail?proID=499


Specifications

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Full specifications can be found HERE


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On paper there is no doubt that the GTX 780 Ti HOF+ is indeed a monster. The graphics card offers 2880 stream processors, 48 ROPs, 240 TMUs, and 3 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit memory bus. Featuring NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, the graphics card has a GPU base clock of 1020 MHz, a boost clock of 1085 MHz and the video memory is clocked at 1750 MHz (7000 MHz effective).


Unboxing

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The GTX 780 Ti HOF+ ships in a white box featuring HOF design.

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The back of the box describes some of the key features and specifications of the graphics card.

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The GTX 780 Ti HOF+ features a 10-layer signature white PCB and 2.5-slot thick grey coloured cooler along with a pair of 90 mm low noise EBR liquid bearing fans on board.

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The cooler is a The “Hall of Fame” logo on the cooler has a white LED backlight that pulsates when running. That looks stunning!

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The NVIDIA GK110 Revision B1 GPU chip is soldered at the middle of the graphics card. For record, GK110 was first introduced as a Tesla-only product for powering demanding GPU compute applications. NVIDIA has now also released it as a GeForce GPU. It uses 7.1 billion transistors on a die size that we measured to be 561 mm². The GPU is produced on a 28 nanometer process at TSMC, Taiwan.

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The GTX 780 Ti HOF+ is equipped with a 10-phase VRM, which uses CHiL CHL8318 controller, IR3550 PowIRstage DrMOS chips, and a total current output capability of 480A. All of these power delivery features should be adequate for extreme overclocking session.

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The memory chips are based on Hynix-AFR GDDR5 that are known to have a great overclock ability.

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The graphics card draws power from a pair of white 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

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The SLI connectors are available for multi-GPU configurations that support up to 4-way SLI.

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The I/O panel includes two DVI ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort 1.2. These four interfaces support up to four monitors simultaneously for 3D Surround setup. Besides that, we have an exclusive Hyper Boost button which will turbocharge the clock speed when pushed.

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The aluminum backplate’s unique design not only adds some aesthetic looks to the graphic card but also provides extra rigidity to the PCB. This is a welcomed addition to this new series of HOF graphics card.

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The Hall of Fame cooler features a large aluminium fin heatsink, which is connected with four nickel-plated copper heat pipes measuring 8 mm in diameter to dissipate the heat efficiently. GALAXY utilizes the Vapor Chamber technology which is known to perform better than regular cooling solutions.

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Included in the box is a pair of dual 4-pin-molex-to-8-pin-PCie Y-adapter, a user manual, a quick setup guide, the driver/utility CD, a DVI-to-D-sub adapter, a door hanger and a unique GALAXY paper figure.

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Test Setup

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Testing Methodology

The Intel Core i7 4770K processor was overclocked to 4.625 GHz while all the graphics cards used were operating at stock clocks and equipped with stock cooler on air cooling. As for the GTX 780 Ti HOF, the Hyper Boost button is pushed throughout the tests.

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The settings for the in-game benchmarks are listed in the table above.


Software & Tools

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GALAXY Xtreme Tuner Plus is an innovative software for the hardcore DIY users. This is a smart design by GALAXY with years of experiences. Users could manipulate the BIOS recovery, fan speed, and overclock setting through the user-friendly screen panel. The new Xtreme Tuner Plus provides a redesigned UI and supports the GTX 780 Ti including thermal target settings, GPU clock offset and many more.

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Besides that, the latest GALAXY Xtreme Tuner Plus also supports GALAXY PSMI PSU overvolting. It is excellent tool for extreme overclocking.

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Overclocking & Temperature

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With the Hyper Boost button pushed and a supplied voltage of 1.187 V, we managed to overclock the GPU clock speed to 1274 MHz from 1124 MHz. At the same time, the video memory frequency was overclocked to 7800 MHz from 7000 MHz.

In summary, these translate to 13% and 11% for GPU and memory overclocks, respectively. In the 3DMark (Fire Strike) benchmark, the overclock helped the graphics score to improve by 13%. The maximum temperature hit 68°C and we believe that there’s still a room for improvement with further tweaks. It must be mentioned that the room temperature during the test was around 31°C.

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Thoughts & Verdicts

GALAXY did a really great job with this, combining the state-of-the-art cooling solution, high factory overclocks, stunning looks and high grade components to make the GTX 780 Ti HOF+ among the fastest and greatest NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti to date.

The GALAXY GTX 780 Ti HOF+ runs like a charm in almost any latest game title to date at maximum details and high resolution such as 2560x1600 or even a 4K panel. Having a highly factory overclocked GPU, this graphics card is certainly among the most powerful models in its category. It is faster than the ASUS GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC in most of the game benchmarks.

In terms of overclocking, we were expecting more on the GPU under air cooling. It is understandable that silicon lottery plays a very important role in this too. If you are lucky enough, you will get a good card with a great overclocking chip.

The exclusive HOF cooling solution featuring hybrid heat pipes Vapor Chamber technology works intelligently and able to keep the graphics card at a low temperature and silent at the default fan profile.

If you are in the market for the best GTX 780 Ti based graphics card, take a look at the GALAXY GTX 780 Ti HOF+; you will not go wrong with this.

Last but not least, we would like to thank GALAXY for sending us this sample for review.

Performance: 5/5
Materials: 5/5
Specifications: 5/5
Appearance: 5/5


Pros:
+ Outperforms GTX TITAN, GTX 780 and R9 290X
+ Equipped with high quality components
+ White PCB looks stunning
+ HOF cooler is cool and quiet at default fan profile
+ Unique backplate provides extra protection to the PCB
+ Included the improved Xtreme Tuner Plus for overclocking
+ Great accessories package

Cons:
- Overclocking ability could be improved
- No dual BIOS chips
- Takes up 2.5 slots so beware of that if you are going to SLI them on your motherboard, they are huge!
- The fan could be loud when spinning at full speed (100%)
- Game is not included

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very comprehensive and well-written review. Thank you for doing this. I have a GTX 780 HOF and its a little disheartening to see the HOF Ti being significantly better haha.
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11,000 frames per second?!
Sorry for confusing. That would be the Score obtained from the benchmark tool.

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