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Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 Gainward Phantom GLH Edition Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Gainward Phantom GLH Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition.

The R9 270X has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 106.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 270X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 270X has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 14.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 270X. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R9 270X was released less than a year after the GTX 780, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The R9 270X has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 780 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 780 has 109.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is massively better than the R9 270X.

The GeForce GTX 780 Gainward Phantom GLH Edition has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2380 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1164. The GTX 780 having 1216 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 780 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 780. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The GTX 780 has been recommended a PSU with 100 Watts more than the R9 270X. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270X.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1020 MHz
Boost Clock1033 MHzvs1070 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK110-300-A1GCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date30 Jun 2013vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1502 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth288.4GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs56%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units192vs80
Texture Rate188.2 GTexel/svs81.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate47 GPixel/svs32.6 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-180 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 Gainward Phantom GLH Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom triple fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 863MHz to 980MHz while its boost clock is now of 1033MHz. The memory clock was also increased to 1550MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 4GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Vapor-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1020MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1070MHz.
Furthermore, the card has twice as much memory when compared to the reference card. However, this card will not benefit from extra memory and thus such feature ends up being useless.
Expect little or no performance boost over the standard edition and exactly the same performance as "Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Dual-X 2GB OC Edition"
Recommended CPUAMD FX-8350
Intel Core i7-3770T 4-Core 2.5GHz
Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2
Intel Xeon Processor W3680
Intel Core i7-4785T 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2
Intel Core i7-2600S 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i3-7320 2-Core 4.1GHz
Intel Core i5-2550K 3.4GHz
Intel Core i5-4460S 2.9GHz
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