EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review - HotHardware

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review

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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)

Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
Radeon HD 7950 Boost x 2
GeForce GTX 760 x 2
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC w/ ACX
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC w/ ACX
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
GeForce GTX 770 x 2

16GB GSKILL DDR3-1866
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.6B2
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v320.39

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Bioshock Infinite
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro Last Light
Sleeping Dogs
Crysis 3
FRAPS + FCAT

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming


Unigine Heaven v4.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX cooling placed right about where you'd expect it to in the Unigine Heaven benchmark. The EVGA card's factory overclock gave it a clear edge over the reference GeForce GTX 770 (and over the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition too), but it couldn't quite catch the more powerful--and more expensive--GeForce GTX 780.
 

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Goodness it'd be nice to have $400 in the budget for a graphics card. Someday...Someday...

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I've been saving up money for a new video card for a while now... I have $50 left to save up to get this card. I had already picked it out as my target before this article came out. It shouldn't be too long before it'll be mine!

(Replacing a GTX 285 which gets flakey and locks up my computer from time to time)

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Johnny3D:

I've been saving up money for a new video card for a while now... I have $50 left to save up to get this card. I had already picked it out as my target before this article came out. It shouldn't be too long before it'll be mine!

(Replacing a GTX 285 which gets flakey and locks up my computer from time to time)

Good luck with the 770. As far as the 285 goes you prob need to turn the fan on to 100%. Buddy of mine has an EVGA 285 and it kept overheating on him playing games like BF3 then figured out it was just a heat issue. When it hits over 80C it just would died a horrible death but figured out if he cranked the fan to 100% and drowned out the noise he was good heh

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can't afford for those GPU

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It has a good warranty and the performance is pretty good too.

Love to have a pair of them for a little SLI goodness,...........Smile

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Would be a good upgrade if i had the money!

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My friend just got a pair of those for a build and he loves them. Running a number of games at above 80 fps and crisis 3 at around 60 with dips down to 50 on max settings.

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This might just be my next card in about 3 months...got to get some cash saved up some how!

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The 700 series is good but now im curious what the AMD 9000 series is gonna be like. Finally caught up on stuff from the past month or so and saw the 9000 series might be released in October I think it said.

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Clixxer:
now im curious what the AMD 9000 series is gonna be like

Hasn't it been just like this for years of PC gaming? There is always something newer, better around the corner to whet our appitites for performance.

It's an evil plot to get all of our disposable income. (something I have less and less of as time goes by)

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