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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition GeForce GTX 780 SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 20%
Doom Eternal 15% 31%
Cyberpunk 2077 84% 10%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 20%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 17% 51%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 84% 10%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 84% 10%
Grand Theft Auto VI 105% 22%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 20%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 95% 97%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The GTX 780 has a 233 MHz higher core clock speed and 256 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the GTX 780 providing 250.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 780 has a 233 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 780 providing 22.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 780 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 780 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 590.

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 GTX 780 has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 780 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 780 has 245 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is massively better than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 SLI has 4608. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 4156. The GTX 780 having 2866 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 GTX 590.

The GTX 780 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 780 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 SLI requires 500 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 780. The GTX 780 requires 135 Watts more than the GTX 590 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 590.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed630 MHzvs863 MHz
Boost Clock-vs902 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF110-351-A1Kepler GK110-300-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date24 Mar 2011vs23 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed864 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth331.8GB/secvs576.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB vs green tick 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs4608
Actual Shader Performance62%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs384
Texture Rate80.6 GTexel/svs331.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs96
Pixel Rate60.5 GPixel/svs82.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power365 Wattsvs500 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 46 Ampsvs750 Watts & 50 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1600

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Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
GeForce GTX 780 SLI is a combination of 2 GeForce GTX 780 put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.
Together, this combination offers 4608 Shader Processing Units, 384 TMUs and 96 ROPs. This, on a 384-bit memory interface, per card, of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 863MHz and goes up to 902MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz.
Best case scenario, this combination surpasses considerably a single GeForce GTX 690 but ultimately, its performance depends on the driver support and on the 3D application.
Therefore, and paired with a powerful processor, all demanding games are playable at the highest settings. Still, this combination might surpass the 500W barrier of TDP and so it will require a powerful PSU.
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