If there was ever doubt to the fact that PC gaming is as healthy as ever, one only needs to look at the recently announced Xbox and Playstation consoles. The promotional salvo for these next generation gaming systems purport all manner of features with surprisingly little emphasis on actual gaming. Both of these consoles have focused on delivering social media functionality just as much, if not more than, as they have towards delivering next generation graphics. Compare that to every next generation video card launch where the actual hardware and graphics technologies are the topic of conversation. It is the PC, not the console, which sets the tone for how tomorrow’s games are going to look because it is the platform where graphical breakthroughs are discovered.
As for tomorrow’s hardware, the GTX TITAN is currently the king of single GPU gaming with a substantial performance lead compared to the current crop of single GPU solutions but also carrying a hefty price tag equivalent to a dual-GPU GTX 690. Just like with previous NVIDIA GeForce releases, the top of the line GTX TITAN demonstrates the maximum potential that an optimized 28nm Kepler architecture is capable of and sets the tone for the rest of the upcoming GTX 700 series.
The GeForce GTX 780 is based on the 7.1 Billion transistor behemoth GK110 GPU used by the GTX TITAN. The GTX 780 delivers a massive 70% performance upgrade compared to the GTX 580, equipped with 2,304 CUDA cores and 3GB of memory across a 384-bit interface. The GeForce GTX 780 also inherits GPU Boost 2.0 from the GTX TITAN, providing superior clock speed boosts through smarter headroom assessment and optimized boost algorithm. The GPU Boost 2.0 works in conjunction with the improved cooling solution that not only runs quieter than the GTX 580 and GTX 680, but also features a new adaptive temperature controller that minimizes fan speed fluctuations for optimal cooling even under heavy load. The reference GTX 780 has a base clock of 863 MHz and a boost clock of 900 MHz with a memory speed of 6.0 Gbps. Similar to the GTX TITAN, the GTX 780 has two SLI connectors, uses 6-pin + 8-pin power connectors and has a TDP of 250W.
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