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GIGABYTE GV-N78TOC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Update from previous reviews

Wanted to post another little update for folks as I have had pretty extensive experience with this card. I had posted previously about heat being a pretty big factor, and it is. One other thing that I have noticed as I read up in more detail on the GeForce GTX 700 series architecture is that the NVidia driver package automatically overclocks the cards based on what it thinks the card can handle based on temperature and power consumption the card detects with its onboard sensors during gaming.

This sounds all well and good in theory to generate maximum performance for the user, but unfortunately the driver software has a tendency to overestimate what the card can handle. For example. With this card, Gigabyte has designed the card to handle 1085MHz maximum core clock. Well I've used MSI Afterburner to monitor my card's clock speeds during heavy gaming and I've noticed that the driver package apparently thinks my card can handle more, and takes it upon itself to clock my card up to 1137MHz during gaming. And at times, this can be too much for the card to handle, even with aggressive fan profiles enabled.

So, I used MSI Afterburner to set the core clock to a -52MHz setting and this has corrected the NVidia driver issue to ensure that the maximum core clock it will set on the card is 1085MHz during gaming. Zero crashes with this setting enabled with an aggressive fan profile.

Cons: Just wanted to pass this along to folks in case it is helpful.

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HAWKING HAWNR1 Hi-Gain Wireless Router with Range Amplifier
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good while it worked

Cons: Crapped out on me today after having bought it last May. Not a very good life cycle on these units if they don't even make it 18 months. I'd recommend a different brand moving forward.

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GIGABYTE GV-N78TOC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Ok guys, just wanted to write a quick update on this card. I've had it since March / 2014. I've noticed a lot of folks are having the "random crashing" problems. Here is what the issue is as I have since run into this and found a solution. The stock fan speed profile is simply not aggressive enough. Because this is a factory overclocked card, heat has an even bigger impact on it than on a reference clocked card with regard to stability.

As it got into summer and the temps in my house warmed up, I started running into random crashing in games, but the card was fine in the spring when it was cooler. I downloaded Afterburner from MSI and didn't change the clock speeds or voltage at all, simply used the built-in custom fan profile tool to design a more aggressive fan profile configuration.

Cons: Cont'd from above -

Since enabling this more aggressive fan profile, I have not had a single crash on my system. Temps on the card never go above ~75*C (fan speed is usually around 75-80% at that temp with my custom fan profile).

Other Thoughts: So anyway, just wanted to share with you all as I've noticed a lot of reviews mentioning the crashes -- I'd bet money it has to do with the temperature of your cards since these are factory overclock models and they don't have the tolerance to heat that a reference clocked card will have.

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Brandon G.'s Profile

Display Name: Brandon G.

Date Joined: 08/30/03

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/06/13
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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