EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review

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Coincident with the launch of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 700 series of products, EVGA unveiled a new invention of its own: the ACX cooler. ACX is an acronym for "Active Cooling Extreme" and as the name suggests, it’s a cooling solution for high-end graphics cards. To date, we have looked at two ACX-equipped graphics cards, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC ACX and GeForce GTX 760 SC ACX. We found both cards to be class-leading products and liked them very much. And so far, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC ACX remains the fastest, single-GPU powered graphics card we have tested. It’s factory overclock allowed it to overtake a standard GeForce GTX Titan.

Today we’re going to take a look at yet another ACX-equipped graphics card, the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC ACX. As you probably know by now, the GeForce GTX 770 falls in between the GTX 780 and GTX 760 in NVIDIA’s current product stack. It is a more refined update to last years’ GeForce GTX 680, but with a few new features added and somewhat higher performance. The EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC ACX takes the GTX 770 up another couple of notches thanks to its more powerful cooler and higher factory clocks. The card’s full specifications and accessory bundle are below and we’ve got a full performance profile on the pages ahead...


EVGA's Custom GTX 770 with ACX Cooling

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling
Specifications & Features

Graphics Processing Clusters 4
Streaming Multiprocessors 8
CUDA Cores (single precision) 1536
CUDA Cores (double precision) --
Texture Units 128
ROP Units 32
Base Clock 1111 MHz
Boost Clock 1163 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 7010 MHz
L2 Cache Size 512 KB
Total Video Memory 2048MB or 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 224.3 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 142.2 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 3.54 Billion
Connectors

2 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort

Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin, 1 x 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 600 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 230 Watts
Thermal Threshold 95°C
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We’ll dive in and take a close look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX cooling in just a bit. But before we do, we want to show you some of the goodies EVGA bundles with the card.

  

Included with the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX cooling, we found a rather cool “Game of Pwns” poster, some large “Enthusiast Built” decals, various documentation, a driver / utility CD, and a few adapters—a dual-6-pin to single 8-pin PCIe adapter, a dual-peripheral to 6-pin PCIe adapter, and a VGA-to-DVI adapter. Unfortunately, there were no games to speak off, but EVGA does include all of the essentials. And we should point out that the company gives away its excellent Precision X performance tuning tool for free.
 

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