NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Gaming Performance Exposed – Features GK104 With 1536 Cores


GTX 780M

Benchmarks and gaming performance of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 780M were revealed through a review which was later removed but thanks to Videocardz, much of the data is preserved in the form of screenshots. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M which is the true successor to the GeForce GTX 680M launches this month with high performance notebooks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M Gaming Performance Unveiled

Starting with the specifications, the GeForce GTX 780M comes with a fully enabled GK104 core featuring 1536 Cuda cores and 32 ROPS which is exactly what we get in the desktop version of the GeForce GTX 680. The GTX 680M on the other hand featured 1344 cores with low clock speeds. The GeForce GTX 780M also comes with lower clock frequencies compared to the desktop version at 771 MHz base and 797 MHz boost clock while the 4 GB GDDR5 memory operates at 1250 MHz or 5 GHz effective clock speed. The GeForce GTX 780M supports DX 11.1, NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA GPU Boost, NVIDIA 3D Steroscopic and DirectCompute 5.0 technologies. The GPU churns out an impressive 160 GB/s bandwidth which is pretty close to the 192 GB/s on the desktop GTX 680.

GPU GK104 GK104
Cores 1536 1344
Clock 771 MHz 719 MHz
Boost Clock 797 MHz -
Memory 4 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Clock 1250 MHz (5 GHz) 900 MHz


Notebook manufacturer's which include MSI Gaming, Monster and Devil Tech would include the GeForce GTX 780M in their upcoming flagship notebooks which are also equipped with the fastest Haswell mobile processors. You can check out the gaming performance of the GPU against the GeForce GTX 680M in the following chart which is courtesy of Videocardz!


[1920x1080] GeForce GTX 780M GeForce GTX 680M Diff 780/680
Battlefield 3 [fps]
Low (2xAF,0xAA) 130 78 166%
Medium (4xAF,0xAA) 117 73 160%
High (16xAF,0xAA) 90 57 158%
Ultra (16xAF,16xMSAA) 62 42 148%
Far Cry 3 [fps]
Low 60 - -
Medium 60 - -
High 48 - -
High/Very High 38 VideoCardz.com -
Skyrim [fps]
Low (0xAF,0xAA) 60 55 109%
Medium (0xAF,4xAA) 60 54 111%
High (8xAF,8xAA) 51 46 111%
Ultra (16xAF,8xAA) 46 38 118%
Reckoning [fps]
Low 201 155 130%
Medium 132 102 129%
High 130 101 128%
Alan Wake [fps]
Low (2xAA) 106 81 131%
Medium (4xAA) 84 67 125%
High (4xAA) 65 54 120%
Average performance 131%

In addition to the gaming benchmarks, the review also posted 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark11 comparisons for both GPUs that can be seen below:

3DMark 11 (Performance Preset):

  • NVIDIA GTX 780M: P7644
  • NVIDIA GTX 680M: P5878

3DMark Vantage (Performance Preset):

  • NVIDIA GTX 780M: 87780
  • NVIDIA GTX 680M: 61705

We are looking at a hefty 30-45% improvement in these syntehtic benchmarks over here and a mighty improvement over the Radeon HD 8970M which made its debut with the MSI GX70 Gaming notebook.