NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops. It is based on the same chip as the GeForce GTX 680MX but offers a higher core clock at a lower TDP. It is based on the 28nm GK104 Kepler architecture similar to the GTX 680M, but features more CUDA cores (1536 vs. 1344), a higher clock rate and GPU Boost 2.0. As of summer 2013, it is the fastest laptop graphics card on the market.

As a novelty, the GeForce 700M series implements GPU Boost 2.0 to automatically overclock the core clock rate. Depending on the cooling headroom of the laptop and the application / game, up to 15 % performance gains are possible.

Architecture
The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the GTX 780M, all eight blocks are active for a total of 1536 CUDA cores. Although the Kepler architecture can utilize more shader cores than a Fermi chip, its shaders can be up to twice as power efficient.  However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are of similar speed to one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast).

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.

Performance
In our gaming tests the GeForce GTX 780M was able to gain a 30 percent lead to the older Nvidia Geforce GTX 680M thanks to the additional shader cores and higher clock rates. That makes the GTX 780M the fastest single mobile graphics card in summer 2013 and 10 - 15 percent faster than the AMD Radeon HD 8970M. The GPU has enough power to run demanding games of 2012 fluently with Full HD resolution and maxed out graphical settings. Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and Crysis 2, for example, are playable at the highest detail settings (see benchmarks below).

Features
The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 780M should be similar or slightly higher than the GTX 680M (100 Watt TDP). According to rumors it should stay below the GTX 680MX in the iMac but still it is best suited for 17-inch desktop replacement laptops.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 700M Series

GeForce GTX 780M SLI

3072 @ 823MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 770M SLI

1920 @ 811MHz192 Bit @ 4000MHz
GeForce GTX 780M 1536 @ 823MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 765M SLI

1536 @ 850MHz128 Bit @ 4000MHz

GeForce GTX 775M

1344 @ 719MHz256 Bit @ 3600MHz

GeForce GTX 770M

960 @ 811MHz192 Bit @ 4000MHz

GeForce GTX 765M

768 @ 850MHz128 Bit @ 4000MHz

GeForce GTX 760M

768 @ 657MHz128 Bit @ 4000MHz
CodenameN14E-GTX
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines1536 - unified
Core Speed *823 MHz
Shader Speed *823 MHz
Memory Speed *5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption100 Watt
Transistors3540 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, SLI, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement30.05.2013
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 99.6      avg: 99.6 (100%)     median: 99.6 (100%)     max: 99.6 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 90.54      avg: 90.5 (76%)     median: 90.5 (76%)     max: 90.54 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5104      avg: 5315.6 (45%)     median: 5244 (44%)     max: 5744 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 34823      avg: 36000.7 (47%)     median: 35965 (47%)     max: 37652 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 124836      avg: 124836 (47%)     median: 124836 (47%)     max: 124836 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 77049      avg: 135417.1 (18%)     median: 118950 (16%)     max: 244515 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 72      avg: 75.2 (52%)     median: 76 (52%)     max: 76.8 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 381      avg: 387.5 (25%)     median: 387.5 (25%)     max: 394 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 738      avg: 749.5 (30%)     median: 749.5 (30%)     max: 761 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 7279      avg: 7691.9 (48%)     median: 7776.5 (49%)     max: 8014 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 7127      avg: 7564.6 (58%)     median: 7690.5 (58%)     max: 7900 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 25849      avg: 27315.4 (59%)     median: 27258 (59%)     max: 28243 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 25065      avg: 27352.7 (70%)     median: 26827 (69%)     max: 32042 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 22465      avg: 24024 (80%)     median: 23381.5 (78%)     max: 27795 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 89.2      avg: 96.8 (52%)     median: 99.7 (54%)     max: 101.3 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 16847      avg: 20557.2 (79%)     median: 21205 (81%)     max: 22515 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.52      avg: 5.5 (9%)     median: 2.5 (4%)     max: 11.33 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0.94      avg: 3.6 (6%)     median: 1 (2%)     max: 8.92 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.84      avg: 13.9 (21%)     median: 11.9 (18%)     max: 17.87 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.41      avg: 2.6 (14%)     median: 1.5 (8%)     max: 4.92 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.39      avg: 18.2 (16%)     median: 15.9 (14%)     max: 23.32 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 18.26      avg: 22.6 (28%)     median: 20.1 (25%)     max: 29.36 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 22.71      avg: 31.4 (39%)     median: 22.7 (28%)     max: 48.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.42      avg: 15 (22%)     median: 12.9 (19%)     max: 19.57 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 51.46      avg: 61.8 (56%)     median: 60.2 (55%)     max: 72.89 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6768      avg: 8421.7 (70%)     median: 6833 (56%)     max: 11664 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.7      avg: 7.7 (97%)     median: 7.7 (97%)     max: 7.7 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.7      avg: 7.7 (97%)     median: 7.7 (97%)     max: 7.7 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
197.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
127  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
108.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
70.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Watch Dogs
low 1024x768
83  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
72.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
40.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
30.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
60  fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
60  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
59.9  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
51.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Elder Scrolls Online
low 1024x768
84.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
78.3  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
69.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
60  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
58.7  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
56.7  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
56.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
40.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
AssassinĀ“s Creed IV: Black Flag
low 1024x768
62  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
61.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
58.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
101.9  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
50.8  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
27.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
22.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Need for Speed: Rivals
low 1024x768
30  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
30  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
30  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
30  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
86  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
95.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
65.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
40.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 4
low 1024x768
131.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
109.2  fps      Compare