Clash of the Titans VGA 2014 – ASUS Geforce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II vs ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II
Both GPUs are very powerful and need aggressively clocked top tier CPUs to not be bottlenecked, especially when overclocked. The cards sport solid, quality builds, that stood for days under brutal testing conditions, this being the underlying purpose of this article, to showcase their robustness and reliability.
The DC2 Series cards from ASUS remain top choices for bench, but unfortunately good results are not guaranteed, luck playing an important role here because of the differences between GPU samples. In terms of cooling one can say that things had gotten better (except for the HDT base), there is clear progress here and we can only hope to see additional improvements in the future.
The VRM is very solid, stable and efficient on both cards (“mission accomplished” one could say). Compared to the HD 7970 DC2 however, to give just one example, this generation of DC2 top tier cards regressed somewhat, but that could be solved with a BIOS update, or dedicated software, or even a public hardware mod that can be implemented by enthusiasts.
I worked very hard to bring you this article and as I end this writeup I can honestly say that I am pleased with both cards, each of them is great for benching if you apply their particular strengths. The R9 290X is the absolute leader in 3DMark 2003 and in Unigine it has a huge advantage over the GTX 780 Ti, because of the function to deactivate tessellation.
Instead, the GTX 780 Ti is the uncontested leader when it comes to raw power, and it doesn’t come as a surprise considering the absolutely monstrous specifications it boasts. Even so, with the frequency advantage it has and and an additional “pound” of transistors over the R9 280X, we still don’t have an absolute leader in all applications (as in the past), a situation that could be easily amended by NVIDIA if they showed a little bit more interest in the overclocking community.