In Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, GTX 770M & GTX 765M

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 05/30/2013

High-end power. The GeForce 700 series is a brand new graphics series for gaming enthusiasts. We were among the first editors who reviewed the new high-end GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, and GTX 780M models. Learn whether the naming is justified or the new models only fine-tune an existing architecture.

For the original German article, see here.

Almost at the same time as the AMD Radeon HD 8970M was announced, Nvidia introduced new high-end GPUs for notebooks. Apart from the GeForce GTX 760M,  which is not covered by this article, there are the GeForce GTX 765M, the GeForce GTX 770M, and the promising top model, the GeForce GTX 780M. Although the graphics cards are still based on the Kepler architecture, the current generation promises a decent performance gain. The main reason is increased clock rates.

Our review does not only cover the specs and the features, but in particular the (gaming) performance. Is it worth migrating to the new generation or is a graphics card of the predecessor generation still sufficient?

Test systems

We already scrutinized several gaming notebooks with quad core CPUs from the Haswell family and new Nvidia graphics cards about a month before they were finally officially launched.

The first one was the 15-inch Clevo P150SM barebone, which Schenker Technologies made available to us as W503: The GTX 765M notebook houses 16 GB DDR3 RAM, a 750 GB hybrid hard drive and a 128 GB mSATA SSD with pre-installed Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit.

The performance of the GeForce GTX 770M was measured in the One K73-3N, a 17-inch desktop replacement based on the Clevo P170SM barebone. Finally, the results of the GeForce GTX 780M stem from the One K56-3N2 (Clevo P157SM barebone). The latter two notebooks featured 8 GB DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB Samsung SSD 840 with Windows 8 64-bit.

We had to use the old ForceWare 311.27 as GPU driver. The ForceWare 320.21 was released just under a week before the publication of our test and so, too late for this review. However, apart from several new games, the performance difference will be only small and the total result might only change by a few percent.

Clevo P150SM Barebone
Clevo P150SM Barebone
Clevo P150SM Barebone
Clevo P150SM Barebone
Clevo P170SM Barebone
Clevo P170SM Barebone
Clevo P170SM Barebone
Clevo P170SM Barebone
Clevo P157SM Barebone
Clevo P157SM Barebone
Clevo P157SM Barebone
Clevo P157SM Barebone

Specs

As mentioned above, Nvidia does not use a completely new architecture in the GeForce 700 series. But, it is processed in 28 nm lithography, which is rather energy efficient.

The GeForce GTX 765M was designed for price-conscious gamers. With 768 unified shaders and 2048 MB GDDR5 video memory (128-bit interface), it is theoretically slower than the GeForce GTX 670MX with 960 unified shaders (called CUDA cores by Nvidia) and a 3072 MB GDDR5 video memory (192-bit interface). But, thanks to significantly higher clock rates (core: 850 vs. 600 MHz and memory: 2,000 vs. 1,400 MHz) the GeForce GTX 765M is actually faster.

GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M

The difference between the GeForce GTX 770M and the GeForce GTX 675MX is similar. Although the new model features a smaller memory (3072 vs. 4096 MB) and a smaller interface (192 vs. 256-bit), the old graphics card is slower. While the GTX 675MX clocks at 600 and 1,800 MHz, the GTX 770M uses a clock rate of 811 and 2,000 MHz.

The GeForce GTX 780M offers the most impressive specifications. Alike the GeForce GTX 680M the new top model also features 4096 MB video memory and a 256-bit interface. Meanwhile, the shader count of 1,536 is the same as the GeForce GTX 680MX's, which was only used in the Apple iMac so far. Neither the GeForce GTX 680M (720/1,800 MHz) nor the GTX 680MX (720/2,500) can keep up with the new model's clock rates of 823 MHz and 2,500 MHz.

Graphics Card GeForce GTX 670MX GeForce GTX 675MX GeForce GTX 680M GeForce GTX 765M GeForce GTX 770M GeForce GTX 780M
Lithography 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Architecture Kepler Kepler Kepler Kepler Kepler Kepler
CUDA cores 960 960 1,344 768 960 1,536
Core clock 600 MHz 600 MHz 720 MHz 850 MHz 811 MHz 823 MHz
Memory clock 1,400 MHz 1,800 MHz 1,800 MHz 2,004 MHz 2,004 MHz 2,500 MHz
Memory capacity 3072 MB 4096 MB 4096 MB 2048 MB 3072 MB 4096 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory interface 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory bandwidth 67.2 GB/s 115.2 GB/s 115.2 GB/s 64.1 GB/s 96.2 GB/s 160 GB/s

Features

Most of the features are identical to the old generation. A brief summary:

• PhysX: PhysX allows additional effects in several games like Metro: Last Light or Borderlands 2. The graphics card takes over the physics calculations and unloads the CPU. But, the frame rate falls to some extent with hardware PhysX.

• 3D Vision: Nvidia's technology for 3D imaging is still significantly more mature than AMD's. If you own the necessary hardware (120 Hz display, shutter glasses), you can also run games and videos in 3D. Note: Because of technical restrictions not every notebook supports 3D Vision.

• SLI: If desired, two graphics cards can be combined in a so-called SLI-connection (see e.g. Schenker XMG P722). Because of the enormous energy, space and cooling requirements, a dual GPU system is only apt for absolute gaming enthusiasts. The high driver dependence and micro stuttering are further problems. At least Nvidia's driver support is better than AMD's (CrossFire).

• Optimus: Optimus is a dynamic graphics switch. While undemanding tasks like office and web are handled by the GPU integrated into the CPU, games and other 3D tasks run on the dedicated Nvidia GPU. As the technology saves a lot of energy and works reliably, Optimus is used in the high-end range. AMD's graphics switch is called Enduro.

• TXAA: TXAA is an adaptive anti-aliasing method which perfectly balances image quality and performance. Contrary to other methods, there is no stuttering caused by AA. With active TXAA the image appears smoother and does not flicker that much. More and more games support this technology by default (e.g. Assassin's Creed III and Crysis 3).

• GPU Boost: The GPU Boost 2.0 is one of the most interesting updates. In contrast to the GeForce 600 series, automatic overclocking is standard now and depends on energy demand and temperature. So, even higher clock rates are possible. During games, our test devices mostly significantly exceeded the base clock.

GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 765M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 770M
GeForce GTX 780M
GeForce GTX 780M

Synthetic benchmarks

We restrict the synthetic benchmarks to two DirectX 11 applications. Unigine Heaven V3.0 runs smoothly on the new graphics cards in 1920x1080 pixels and with normal tessellation. With an average of 36 fps, the GeForce GTX 765M ranks in between the GTX 670MX (~34 fps) and the GTX 675MX (~41 fps). The GeForce GTX 770M is about 15% slower than the former top models, GeForce GTX 680M and Radeon HD 7970M (50 vs. 58 fps). The GeForce GTX 780M wins first place: No other notebook graphics card could achieve 76 fps so far.

In the Fire Strike test of the current 3DMark version, the ranking is similar. The GeForce GTX 765M achieves a GPU score of 2,479 points and ranks in between the GTX 670MX (2,371 points) and the GTX 675MX (2,831 points) and the GeForce GTX 770M is again slower than the GTX 680M (3,392 points vs. 3,952 points). Super: The GeForce GTX 780M is about 30% faster than the former top model (5,244 points).

3DMark (2013) - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Graphics
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
5244 Points ∼44%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
3392 Points ∼28% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
2479 Points ∼21% -53%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
3952 Points ∼33% -25%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
2831 Points ∼24% -46%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
2371 Points ∼20% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
4694 Points ∼39% -10%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
7913 Points ∼50%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
5187 Points ∼33% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
4103 Points ∼26% -48%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
6025 Points ∼38% -24%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
3998 Points ∼25% -49%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Asus G75VX-T4020H
3567 Points ∼23% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
6272 Points ∼40% -21%
3DMark Vantage - 1280x1024 P GPU no PhysX
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
27374 Points ∼63%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
18826 Points ∼43% -31%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
13699 Points ∼31% -50%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
21060 Points ∼48% -23%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
16558 Points ∼38% -40%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Asus G75VX-T4020H
12997 Points ∼30% -53%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
23348 Points ∼54% -15%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
23366 Points ∼79%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
22988 Points ∼78% -2%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
21003 Points ∼71% -10%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
23451 Points ∼80% 0%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
22970 Points ∼78% -2%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Asus G75VX-T4020H
19027 Points ∼65% -19%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
22599 Points ∼77% -3%
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - 1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
75.9 fps ∼52%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
49.5 fps ∼34% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
36 fps ∼25% -53%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
57.6 fps ∼39% -24%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
40.9 fps ∼28% -46%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
34.1 fps ∼23% -55%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Asus G75VX-T4020H
34.3 fps ∼24% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
57 fps ∼39% -25%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
57.6 fps ∼39% -24%
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - 1280x1024 high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 AA:off AF:1x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
100.5 fps ∼61%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
65.5 fps ∼40% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
49.7 fps ∼30% -51%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
74.2 fps ∼45% -26%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
54.2 fps ∼33% -46%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
Asus G75VX-T4020H
45.2 fps ∼28% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
82.6 fps ∼50% -18%

CAD- & OpenCL benchmarks

CAD and OpenCL benchmarks are still AMD territory. The table below proves that the Radeon HD 7970M performs more than 100% better than the competitors from Nvidia. The GTX 780M is only slightly faster than the GeForce GTX 680M. Those who frequently use such programs should either buy an AMD device or a notebook with a professional graphics card (FirePro or Quadro).

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Catia AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
12.42 fps ∼18%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
11.9 fps ∼17% -4%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
11.21 fps ∼16% -10%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
6.77 fps ∼10% -45%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
8.05 fps ∼12% -35%
1920x1080 Ensight AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
22.71 fps ∼37%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
19.74 fps ∼33% -13%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
18.35 fps ∼30% -19%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
22.73 fps ∼37% 0%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
45.54 fps ∼75% +101%
1920x1080 Lightwave AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
18.26 fps ∼23%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
20.28 fps ∼25% +11%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
20.33 fps ∼25% +11%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
17.39 fps ∼22% -5%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
27.88 fps ∼35% +53%
1920x1080 Maya AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
15.39 fps ∼14%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
15.11 fps ∼13% -2%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.74 fps ∼13% -4%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
13.47 fps ∼12% -12%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
14.08 fps ∼13% -9%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
1.41 fps ∼7%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
1.48 fps ∼8% +5%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
1.48 fps ∼8% +5%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
1.37 fps ∼7% -3%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
2.61 fps ∼14% +85%
1920x1080 SolidWorks AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
11.84 fps ∼18%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
11.11 fps ∼17% -6%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
11.11 fps ∼17% -6%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
10.92 fps ∼17% -8%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
25.93 fps ∼40% +119%
1920x1080 Tcvis AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
0.94 fps ∼2%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
1.1 fps ∼2% +17%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
1.02 fps ∼2% +9%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
0.9 fps ∼2% -4%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
6.83 fps ∼11% +627%
1920x1080 Siemens NX AA:0x AF:0x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
2.52 fps ∼4%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
2.26 fps ∼4% -10%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
2.27 fps ∼4% -10%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
2.1 fps ∼3% -17%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3720QM
Schenker XMG P702
14.34 fps ∼23% +469%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
738 Samples/s ∼30%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
517 Samples/s ∼21% -30%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
614 Samples/s ∼25% -17%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
1218 Samples/s ∼49% +65%
Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
381 Samples/s ∼25%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
289 Samples/s ∼19% -24%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
327 Samples/s ∼21% -14%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
698 Samples/s ∼46% +83%

Gaming Performance

The ranking of the synthetic benchmarks also applies to games. Overall, the GeForce GTX 780M is a good 40% faster than the GTX 770M and even 90% faster than the GTX 765M. Meanwhile, the Radeon HD 7970M and the GeForce GTX 680M are over 20% slower than the new top model. The GTX 675MX is only about 10% behind the GTX 770M and the GTX 670MX is only 5% slower than the GTX 765M.

If new drivers increase the performance, the differences could somewhat grow. The negative impact of the old driver becomes apparent in BioShock: Infinite.

BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
46.6 fps ∼45%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
30.8 fps ∼30% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
23.6 fps ∼23% -49%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
46.6 fps ∼45% 0%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
36.2 fps ∼35% -22%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
27.9 fps ∼27% -40%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
43.7 fps ∼42% -6%
SimCity - 1920x1080 Ultra / High AA:on
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
39.9 fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
29.5 fps ∼41% -26%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
23.9 fps ∼33% -40%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
32.1 fps ∼45% -20%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
24.9 fps ∼35% -38%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
21.7 fps ∼30% -46%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
30.7 fps ∼43% -23%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
65.3 fps ∼46%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
41.9 fps ∼30% -36%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
31.7 fps ∼22% -51%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
32.2 fps ∼23% -51%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
23.4 fps ∼17% -64%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
28 fps ∼20% -57%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
46 fps ∼32% -30%
Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2xSM AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
29.3 fps ∼56%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
19.3 fps ∼37% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.2 fps ∼27% -52%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
21.8 fps ∼42% -26%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
16.3 fps ∼31% -44%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
13.8 fps ∼26% -53%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
20.3 fps ∼39% -31%
Dead Space 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
144.2 fps ∼57%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
93 fps ∼37% -36%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
70.4 fps ∼28% -51%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
111.1 fps ∼44% -23%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
79.9 fps ∼31% -45%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
66 fps ∼26% -54%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
92.3 fps ∼36% -36%
Far Cry 3 - 1920x1080 DX11 Ultra Preset (HDAO, Enhanced Alpha To Coverage) AA:4x MS
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
30.4 fps ∼48%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
20 fps ∼31% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.4 fps ∼23% -53%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
23.6 fps ∼37% -22%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
17.5 fps ∼28% -42%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
13.7 fps ∼22% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
25.4 fps ∼40% -16%
Assassin´s Creed III - 1920x1080 Very High
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
42.6 fps ∼79%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
30.5 fps ∼57% -28%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
22.8 fps ∼42% -46%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
34.1 fps ∼64% -20%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
27.8 fps ∼52% -35%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
21.2 fps ∼39% -50%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
24.7 fps ∼46% -42%
Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
33.8 fps ∼52%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
21.2 fps ∼32% -37%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
13.4 fps ∼20% -60%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
22.6 fps ∼35% -33%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
19.3 fps ∼30% -43%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
12.7 fps ∼19% -62%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
28.8 fps ∼44% -15%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - 1920x1080 (Extra) High / On, FXAA AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
95.1 fps ∼60%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
66.1 fps ∼42% -30%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
50 fps ∼32% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
75.3 fps ∼48% -21%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
57.4 fps ∼36% -40%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
46.2 fps ∼29% -51%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
75 fps ∼47% -21%
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - 1920x1080 High / On
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
59.9 fps ∼100%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
46.9 fps ∼78% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
38.3 fps ∼64% -36%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
51.4 fps ∼86% -14%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
38.2 fps ∼64% -36%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
29 fps ∼48% -52%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
48.4 fps ∼81% -19%
Medal of Honor: Warfighter - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.8 fps ∼68%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
36 fps ∼45% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.7 fps ∼31% -55%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
40.9 fps ∼51% -25%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
34 fps ∼42% -38%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
25 fps ∼31% -54%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
46.2 fps ∼58% -16%
Dishonored - 1920x1080 High / On, FOV: 75 AA:FX
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
125 fps ∼96%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
108.7 fps ∼84% -13%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
80 fps ∼62% -36%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
115.7 fps ∼89% -7%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
103 fps ∼79% -18%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
75.4 fps ∼58% -40%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
99.9 fps ∼77% -20%
Fifa 13 - 1920x1080 High AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
307.7 fps ∼77%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
291.9 fps ∼73% -5%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
237.4 fps ∼59% -23%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
256.9 fps ∼64% -17%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
248 fps ∼62% -19%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
180.6 fps ∼45% -41%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
226.6 fps ∼57% -26%
Borderlands 2 - 1920x1080 (Ultra) High / On (PhysX low) AA:FX AF:8x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
83.3 fps ∼66%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
64.3 fps ∼51% -23%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
47.7 fps ∼38% -43%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
71.1 fps ∼56% -15%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
62.9 fps ∼50% -24%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
45.3 fps ∼36% -46%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
62.9 fps ∼50% -24%
F1 2012 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
100 fps ∼92%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
76 fps ∼70% -24%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
57 fps ∼52% -43%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
87 fps ∼80% -13%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
62 fps ∼57% -38%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
46 fps ∼42% -54%
Guild Wars 2 - 1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
41.2 fps ∼74%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
28.6 fps ∼51% -31%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
21.8 fps ∼39% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
31.9 fps ∼57% -23%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
24.7 fps ∼44% -40%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
18.8 fps ∼34% -54%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
30.6 fps ∼55% -26%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1920x1080 (Very) High, FXAA AA:4x MS AF:8x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
194 fps ∼75%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
150.9 fps ∼59% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
106.9 fps ∼42% -45%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
128 fps ∼50% -34%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
131 fps ∼51% -32%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
95.7 fps ∼37% -51%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
153.5 fps ∼60% -21%
Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
30.8 fps ∼43%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
19.3 fps ∼27% -37%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.2 fps ∼20% -54%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
22.7 fps ∼31% -26%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
16.1 fps ∼22% -48%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
13.1 fps ∼18% -57%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
28.5 fps ∼39% -7%
Darksiders II - 1920x1080 2/4 Shadows, No Ambient Occlusion, AA:Low
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
136.9 fps ∼70%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
91.3 fps ∼47% -33%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
66.4 fps ∼34% -51%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
108.8 fps ∼56% -21%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
80.2 fps ∼41% -41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
63.2 fps ∼32% -54%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Schenker XMG P502
104.1 fps ∼53% -24%
Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 Very High, DX11 AA:Very High FX AF:8x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.5 fps ∼64%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
37.1 fps ∼44% -32%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
29.6 fps ∼35% -46%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
42.6 fps ∼50% -22%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
30.5 fps ∼36% -44%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
24.8 fps ∼29% -54%
Dirt Showdown - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
66.4 fps ∼76%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
45.2 fps ∼52% -32%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
34.9 fps ∼40% -47%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
52.9 fps ∼61% -20%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
39.4 fps ∼45% -41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
32.4 fps ∼37% -51%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
48.7 fps ∼56% -27%
Diablo III - 1920x1080 High AA:on
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
188 fps ∼78%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
141.3 fps ∼59% -25%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
104.3 fps ∼43% -45%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
159.6 fps ∼67% -15%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
109.9 fps ∼46% -42%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
89.5 fps ∼37% -52%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
100.8 fps ∼42% -46%
Risen 2: Dark Waters - 1920x1080 Ultra / on AA:on AF:8x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
53.8 fps ∼66%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
35.6 fps ∼43% -34%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.3 fps ∼30% -55%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
42.2 fps ∼51% -22%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
31.6 fps ∼38% -41%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
23.4 fps ∼29% -57%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
43.1 fps ∼52% -20%
Alan Wake - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x AF:8x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.1 fps ∼62%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
35.2 fps ∼41% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.1 fps ∼28% -55%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
41.9 fps ∼48% -23%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
32.4 fps ∼37% -40%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
23 fps ∼27% -57%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
44.7 fps ∼52% -17%
Anno 2070 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:on AF:4x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
72.6 fps ∼68%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
47.2 fps ∼44% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
36.1 fps ∼34% -50%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
51 fps ∼48% -30%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
37.7 fps ∼35% -48%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
32.4 fps ∼30% -55%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
55.4 fps ∼52% -24%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:8x AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
68.3 fps ∼78%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
49 fps ∼56% -28%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
35.4 fps ∼41% -48%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
54.2 fps ∼62% -21%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
44 fps ∼50% -36%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
34.3 fps ∼39% -50%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
55.6 fps ∼64% -19%
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 - 1920x1080 Extra, all on, Image Quality: Native AA:4x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
117.3 fps ∼74%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
91.4 fps ∼58% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
63.6 fps ∼40% -46%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
102.8 fps ∼65% -12%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
80.6 fps ∼51% -31%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
61 fps ∼38% -48%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
90.7 fps ∼57% -23%
Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 ultra AA:4x MS AF:16x
GeForce GTX 780M / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
50 fps ∼49%
GeForce GTX 770M / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
32.6 fps ∼32% -35%
GeForce GTX 765M / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
22.1 fps ∼22% -56%
GeForce GTX 680M / Core i7-3610QM
DevilTech Devil 6700
34.7 fps ∼34% -31%
GeForce GTX 675MX / Core i7-3740QM
One M73-2N
28.6 fps ∼28% -43%
GeForce GTX 670MX / Core i7-3630QM
DevilTech HellMachine
21.8 fps ∼21% -56%
Radeon HD 7970M / Core i7-3610QM
Alienware M17x R4
34.7 fps ∼34% -31%

System noise, temperature and energy demand

As the graphics cards were incorporated in different notebooks, we did not compare emissions and energy demand.

Verdict

The high-end variants of the GeForce 700 series make a good impression on us. On the one hand, Nvidia manages to close some gaps in its line-up (e.g. between the GTX 675MX and the GTX 680M) while offering a quite viable overclocking solution with its Turbo Boost 2.0. On the other hand, specifically the GeForce GTX 780M thrills us with its 30 % increase in performance when compared to its predecessor, enabling us to play almost all recent games at maximum details and with activated anti-aliasing.

The other two, less sophisticated models are also quite fast although some compromises have to be accepted. The performance of the GeForce GTX 770M is not always sufficient to turn all knobs as far as they will go, while the GeForce GTX 765M at times “merely” manages to handle high details and 1.600 x 900 pixels smoothly. Nonetheless, the direct predecessors are outpaced, often noticeably so.

It remains to be seen how its competitors at AMD fare.

Graphics card Total performance
GeForce GTX 780M Basis (average of 30 games)
GeForce GTX 680M -22%
Radeon HD 7970M -23%
GeForce GTX 770M -29%
GeForce GTX 675MX -39%
GeForce GTX 765M -48%
GeForce GTX 670MX -52%

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Author: Florian Glaser, 2013-05-30 (Update: 2013-06- 6)