EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review - HotHardware

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

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
Currently Selling:  $419 at Amazon

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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Lol Neil, you would be correct except its the whole PC market :P

I just wanna see if AMD goes for the best card period or best value card. Considering I have no desire to run Crysis 3 on ultra maxed out settings (not saying I wouldn't enjoy it if I had the system to do it) I look for cards that will run my games to where they looks good to me which is atleast 1080p.

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I look for cards that will run my games to where they looks good to me which is at least 1080p

I just bought a pair of EVGA GTX-680s from a friend of mine. He charged me $380.00 each for them, but also threw in a 240GB SSD too.

They are each in a i7-2600K system and both systems work as well as I would want. I'm set for a while.

I did put them together in just one of the PCs for a few days,......then I ran a few benches. It was stellar, but I'd rather have two high performing systems than one mega-fast box.

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That is pretty good deal man. $380 is a good deal for one card but throwing in an SSD is icing on the cake. I like the 7850 I got currently, it runs everything I play at high settings. Really the only thing holding back my PC is the first gen i7 revision C0 I have currently. Still does well but lag is an issue sometimes when it come to CPU intensive programs. Reliability has been great though since it was bought in 09. I almost traded up for a 2600k but I didn't want to buy a new mobo. 

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It's crazy to buy a TITAN when you can overclock the 780. It'll have similar performance as the TITAN but at a way lower price.

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Nvidia has really been kicking up the competition in the GPU market. Best part is the consumers are getting more bang for their buck by AMD and Nvidia. It finally seems they are making new strides in technology by both companies.

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