NVIDIA GTX 780 Review: GK110 on a Diet
I ran the GTX 780 against an eVGA GTX 580, and two eVGA GTX 580′s in SLI (sadly I had no GTX 680 on hand during testing). The GTX 580 is still an incredibly popular card, while the two 580s in SLI currently match or exceed most of the single and SLI/Crossfire solutions out there (dual GTX 680s aside, obviously, along with a select few other options).
I used five games in my testing; Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Sleeping Dogs are all great for benchmarking because a) they’re beautiful games, especially with the settings cranked up, and b) all three have built-in benchmarking tools. I also used Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3, although these required the use of FRAPS. Battlefield 3 is still incredibly popular on the PC, and Frostbite 2.0 is one of the more attractive engines out there at the moment. Crysis 3 still sets the standard for many, given its name, and the latest CryEngine always pushes the envelope.
Without further ado, here are the results (click the chart to enlarge).
The GTX 780 handily beats the single GTX 580, but the 580 SLI configuration is another story. While the GTX 780 takes Bioshock Infinite, the dual 580 setup bests the new card in every other benchmark, usually by around ten percent. The numbers shouldn’t be a shock, and it just goes to show the staying power of a multi-card setup, even if SLI and Crossfire can be a bit touchy sometimes.