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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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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Clixxer:
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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