Only extreme overclockers need apply
It's not as though Nvidia's reference design for its GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics card is for weenies -- after benchmarking the card , we had no choice but to dub it the real Big Kepler -- but if you're big into overclocking, EVGA's decidedly non-reference version looks to be the go-to card. Hardcore overclockers Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido and Tsemenko "TiN" Illya supposedly helped co-design the card, which EVGA is calling the GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition . So, what makes this card so special?
The answer to that question is a long list of features. For one, it supports up to 450W of dedicated GPU power. EVGA redesigned the card with enhanced PLL circuitry, an improved GPU power plan, and 10cm fans. It comes with a backplate and you can also pick up an optional PWM baseplate. The card allows for GPU voltage enhancements, has a 14+3 phase power design (14 power phases for the GPU and an additional 3 phases for the memory), and more.
"With the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics card, we focused on the basic demands that are needed when doing extreme overclocking," said Tsemenko. "Capable hardware design and heavy power delivery capacity is key for performance dominance and the ultimate gaming experience. So too is a unique power convertor able to provide over 450W of clean voltage for every kind of overclocking!"
This card is nucking futs, in other words, with balls to the wall overclocking potential. At present, EVGA doesn't even list clockspeeds for the GPU or the 3GB of 28ns GDDR5 memory. Given its target audience, factory clocks hardly matter since this thing is intended to be juiced and goosed.
EVGA's OC-friendly card is " coming soon " and will be the first product featured in the company's Build to Order (BTO) program, details of which will also be revealed soon.