GTX 780 Ti in 2016: Benchmark vs. GTX 1080, 1070, 1060, RX 480, More

By Published December 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm


GTX 780 Ti Battlefield 1 Benchmark vs. GTX 770, 1070, 1080, 970, RX 480

Our Battlefield 1 GPU benchmarks are defined in the initial BF1 GPU review, found over here. Note that the 780 Ti results were run before some recent major patches, and are therefore directly comparable to our previous results.

We only tested Battlefield 1 using DirectX 11, since Dx12 has generally shown poor performance in frametimes in our previous tests. We’ll look at DOOM for Vulkan performance later on.

The reference GTX 780 Ti performs at about 58FPS AVG at 1080p/Ultra in Battlefield 1, with lows reasonably close at 47.7FPS and 45.3FPS. Although nVidia has improved its frametime consistency generationally, everything since Kepler has been tightly timed.

Comparatively, this performance puts us adjacent to the GTX 960 SSC pre-overclocked card, and about tied with this generation’s GTX 1050 Ti. We’re above the RX 460 by about 15FPS, a pretty meaningful gap, and below the RX 470 by about 15FPS.


Strictly looking at same-brand generational jaunts, the $140 to $160 1050 Ti offers effectively equivalent gaming performance in Battlefield 1 to the once-king 780 Ti.

Being that the 780 Ti was a $700 card, a modern price-equivalent would be just about where the GTX 1080 is – that lands us at such a high framerate that we’d really have to look at 1440p for a better understanding of differences.


At 1440p/Ultra with Battlefield 1, we see the GTX 1080 landing at around 116FPS AVG, compared to the GTX 780 Ti Kepler card at 38.7FPS AVG. High resolution gameplay has changed significantly in the past two generations, even for mid-range $200 cards. The RX 480, for instance, blows the 780 Ti away in 1440p performance, and the GTX 1060 Gaming X nearly doubles the 780 Ti.

GTX 780 Ti DOOM Benchmark – Vulkan & OpenGL


Moving on to DOOM, we’ll look at both OpenGL and Vulkan performance on the GTX 780 Ti.

At 1080p/Ultra with OpenGL, we’re seeing a performance output of approximately 64FPS AVG on the 780 Ti – still plenty playable for 1080p gaming, but comparatively, not so impressive. The 780 Ti sits between the 1050 and 1050 Ti, and is well below the RX 470, 480, and GTX 1060.


With Vulkan, our averages negatively scale on the 780 Ti. FPS goes from about 64 AVG to about 53FPS AVG. Although they’re not shown in this OpenGL and Vulkan comparison, the lows for the 780 Ti fall to 33FPS and 25.6FPS – not particularly impressive.


1440p/Ultra is more of the same. The 780 Ti operates an average framerate of 45 at 1440p with OpenGL, with lows at around 31FPS and 25.7FPS. This plants us just under the RX 470’s average, and about 20FPS below the GTX 1060 and RX 480. The GTX 970 SSC also does well here, with a 70FPS AVG. Jumping to the modern price-equivalent of the 780 Ti, performance goes up to around 125 to 130FPS AVG, or about 3x the 780 Ti’s modern performance.


Vulkan mostly posts similar scaling to last time, with an AVG FPS of about 40, with lows at 27 and 25FPS.

780 Ti Call of Duty: Black Ops III Benchmark vs. 1080, 480, 1060


Call of Duty: Black Ops III is next, operating at 1080p and 1440p with High settings. At 1080p, we’re seeing an average framerate of about 90FPS, with lows at 59 1% and 49 0.1%. This lands the 780 Ti about 10FPS ahead of the 1050 Ti, and below the 970 SSC and 380X. Keep in mind that Black Ops III has favored AMD for its entire lifespan, so this is not abnormal behavior for this particular title.


1440p has the same stack-up for the 780 Ti. The GTX 1080 operates at around 140-143FPS AVG, the 980 Ti is at 103FPS AVG, and the 780 Ti is at 56FPS AVG. That’s nearly a 3x difference between Kepler and Pascal, or about a 2x difference between Kepler and Maxwell.

GTX 780 Ti GTA V Benchmark 2016


GTA V is a 2015 title that’s remained relevant through this year, and offers us a mid-step between the brand new games and the old guard, like Metro: Last Light.

The 780 Ti pushes 74FPS AVG with lows in the 50s when playing GTA V at 1080p with Very High and Ultra settings, effectively maxed-out other than the advanced graphics tab. This lands the card ahead of the 380X, 1050 Ti – which is different from our very first results, just because of how GTA V is optimized. The 780 Ti ends up a bit below the GTX 1060, again, and RX 470. It is consistent in this regard, effectively always tied or behind the GTX 1060.


This is particularly true with 1440p. We haven’t yet re-tested every device at 1440p, but our limited list of results shows GTX 1060, RX 470, and RX 480 performance against the 780 Ti – all perform ahead of the GTX 780 Ti, aside from the RX 470.

GTX 780 Ti Benchmark - Metro: Last Light


We’re throwing back to Metro: Last Light for a game that’s been around for ages, was optimized eons ago, and hasn’t seen many changes since. At 1080p with Very High quality and High tessellation, the GTX 780 Ti is operating at 79FPS AVG, just between the RX 480 4GB and GTX 1060 3GB. The GTX 980 Ti, for reference, operates at around 109FPS AVG, with the GTX 1080 at around 135FPS AVG.


1440p is mostly the same hierarchy, unsurprisingly. The 780 Ti sits at 56FPS AVG here, still pretty reasonable, but feels a bit limp compared to the equally matched GTX 1060 3GB. The RX 480 Gaming X 8GB also does quite well comparatively, operating at around 57FPS AVG.

GTX 780 Ti - Shadow of Mordor


Mordor is slowly being killed off of our bench. Some of these runs are on drivers from several months ago, and the game is effectively retired from our testing, but we revived it just for the 780 Ti. It helps to look at older games for a better idea of performance scaling for the period.

GTX 780 Ti - Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

One final title:


The 780 Ti at 1080/Ultra is performing just about on-par with the R9 380X, barely above the 1050 Ti, and reasonably below the RX 470. Mostly a similar stack to the above results.

Conclusion: GTX 780 Ti Upgrades

It’s been 3 years since the GTX 780 Ti video card came out, and it’s still got life left in it for 1080p gaming – though not much. With the modern $200-$250 cards matching and outperforming the 780 Ti in gaming tasks, it’s probably about time to start looking at upgrades for enthusiast users. If you’re still happy with the 780 Ti’s performance, stick with it; the card is still good, and production workloads would have different results than gaming workloads.

But for now, it’s clear that higher resolution gaming is significantly better supported by the modern Pascal and Polaris architectures. It doesn’t make a ton of sense to move to something like an RX 480 or GTX 1060, since those are sort of lateral “upgrades,” but a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 would be a worthwhile gain. The new year should also yield Vega products, which will undoubtedly be targeting the high-end market and likely cause some price wars.

It’s crazy to see how fast these things age in numbers, though. Three years is a decent amount of life, and the 780 Ti could be pushed for another year or two yet while keeping high quality at 1080p, but the time is nigh for an upgrade.

Editorial, Test: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Video: Andrew “ColossalCake” Coleman

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Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

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