ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Review - HotHardware

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Review

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ASUS is one of the most active players in the graphics card space. As such, the company offers gamers three different GeForce GTX 780 Ti models to choose from, the one reviewed here (GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5) being the middle SKU. It's a high-end part with a 10-phase power design and digital voltage regulators that Asus claims reduces power noise by 30 percent, enhances power efficiency by 15 percent, widens voltage modulation tolerance, improves stability, and boosts longevity by 2.5 times over reference.

Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II with Stickers

Like all GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards, this model from ASUS is large and heavy. It has a black metal shroud with two CoolTech fans, one with an inner radial blower and outer flower-type blades to keep the card from overheating. Underneath are a series of 10mm copper heatpipes that travel directly to the GPU, hence the DirectCU II nomenclature. ASUS says the dissipation area is 220 percent larger than stock.

The card measures 11.3 inches by 5.8 inches by 1.6 inches, so it's not the longest graphics card on the market, but you'll want to ensure proper clearance in your case.

Included with the card are two sheets of stickers. Pessimists will point out that stickers -- even metallic ones like these -- are a bit on the gimmicky side, though if you're trying to color match your card with a gold or red themed motherboard, you'll appreciate having both sets of sticks to accent your card.

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Backplate

A brushed metal backplate runs the length of the card on the back. It provides an extra bit of protection and heat dissipation, while also reinforcing the graphics card so it's not as easy to bend or break. The backplate has a tendency to attract finger smudges, but unless you have a fetish that involves sticking your hands in your desktop, this is a non-issue.

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Ports

As stated before, ASUS equipped this card with dual 8-pin PCI-E power connectors. There's a dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCI-E adapter included in the retail box in case your power supply falls short in this regard.

Your connectivity options include a dual-link DVI-I, dual-link DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Your ticket to 4K gaming at 60Hz is the DisplayPort, and as you'll see in the benchmarks to follow, it's possible to game at that resolution with this card, depending on the title and visual quality settings.

ASUS GPU Tweak

If you want to goose the card's clockspeed beyond its factory overclock, you can use the included GPU Tweak software.This makes it easy to monitor and adjust various settings, as well as setup various profiles for different games and applications.

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Reading these reviews makes me wish I could afford this level of hardware. :( :D Someday....Someday...

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I am with you rosec14, I wish I could afford it. Everytime I have a little saved up I need to pay a suprise bill

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I've taken to making an entirely separate budget for PC upgrades (like I would for home/auto/bills...) This way every two years or so I can feed this unhealthy need for beautiful, powerful hardware.

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I have this card and I love it! I had two GTX 780s in Sli previously from EVGA that were Superclocked. Switching from that to this single card, I actually loved the performance of this more and not having to deal with Sli. That tends to be the case anyways. Highly recommend if you can afford it!

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Definitely! If you can get past its price tag it is the fastest graphics card by far (for gaming) on the market today. Eventually the price will drop as well and I'll be able to SLI. Honestly, I don't think I will ever need to SLI though, as the card is so Overkill for every game, with the exception of Crysis 3. The 780 ti makes the rest of my system look like crap. I'm sure I have bottlenecks of some sort, but every thing holds up well. One thing that is bad about High-end cards is that they are very power-consuming. I had to upgrade my PSU immediately to be able to support the card. I can comfortably say that I believe my 780 ti will last for atleast 5-6 years of gaming... Maybe not at maximum settings, but it should perform pretty well for the coming years. Obviously I will have to upgrade the rest of my system, but meh...

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Overclock???

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This is the card I've been saving for!!!...

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Well... At least it provides buyers another 4K option, even if it performs below most of the other cards in this round of testing. Sad, as I am an Asus fan.

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I Personally use an Evga superclocked with acx cooling 780 ti, and it's performance is incredible, I was also looking at this card for a long time. It's a very good alternative if you prefer Asus products.

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