Jacked-Up: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX Cooling

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We’re only a few days removed from the launch of the new GeForce GTX 780 and one of NVIDIA’s key add-in board partners is already set to release a custom version of the card with higher clock speeds and enhanced cooling. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SuperClocked Edition with ACX cooling we’ll be showing you here today, takes what’s already a killer graphics card and tweaks it in a number of ways, to not only improve gaming and thermal performance, but to do so quietly, and with potentially better reliability as well.

ACX is an acronym for "Active Cooling Extreme." It is EVGA's latest custom air-cooling solution targeted at the high-performance market. It’s debuting with EVGA's GeForce GTX 780 SC, but we suspect it’ll be offered on some future products as well. Regardless, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX cooling is here now and believe us when we say, you’ll want to see what this card can do on the pages ahead. For now, let’s get some specs out of the way and then we’ll dig into the good stuff.


The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX Cooling

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX cooling
Specifications & Features

Graphics Processing Clusters 4 or 5
Streaming Multiprocessors 12
CUDA Cores (single precision) 2304
CUDA Cores (double precision) --
Texture Units 192
ROP Units 48
Base Clock 941 MHz
Boost Clock 993 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 6008 MHz
L2 Cache Size 1536K
Total Video Memory 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 288.4 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 180.6 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 7.1 Billion
Connectors

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

Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors One 8-pin and one 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 600 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 250 Watts
Thermal Threshold 95°C
Currently Selling:   $659 on Amazon


EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX Cooling's Accessory Bundle 

Before we get up close and personal with the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX cooling, we want to show you some of the goodies EVGA bundles with the card. Included with the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX cooling, we found a rather cool “Game of Pwns” poster, some large “Enthusiast Built” decals, various documentation, a drive / utility CD, and a few adapters—two dual-6-pin to single 8-pin adapters and a VGA-to-DVI adapter. Unfortunately, there were no games to speak off, but EVGA wasn’t exactly chintzy with their bundle either.
 

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In EVGA we trust!

Honestly though it's getting kind of ridiculous how expensive pc gaming is getting. I wish there was a bigger drive for some kind of software revamp that will allow games to run better with lower end hardware.

Ps. "Quite Cooling" , I think you meant quiet ;)

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To be honest, I don't see how the landscape has really changed in this regard. There's always been expensive GPUs for those who want them, and lesser-expensive ones alike. I'd actually say things are way better today than 5 - 8 years ago. Years ago, I always felt inclined to buy $500+ GPUs, but today, $200 - $250 offerings are -so- powerful, they're totally suitable for most gamers. Those running higher than 1080p resolutions, multi-monitor or desire the highest possible detail settings are the ones who will need to shell out more.

"Although its GK110 GPU has fewer active CUDA cores and texture units than a GeForce GTX Titan, the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX cooling's higher clocks allowed it to overtake the Titan's performance more often than not."

Enough said. Damn! Great review, Marco.

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"Years ago, I always felt inclined to buy $500+ GPUs, but today, $200 - $250 offerings are -so- powerful, they're totally suitable for most gamers. Those running higher than 1080p resolutions, multi-monitor or desire the highest possible detail settings are the ones who will need to shell out more."

I was happily running a gtx590 Classified from Evga for two years, but since I upgraded my monitor to 2560x1440 the old dog is struggling really bad. Playing a bunch of combat flight sims that eat up a lot of video memory is not helping either.

While at 1080p most console ported games run ok on cheaper cards, I think most modern games, made for PC, will need a more powerful card this days.

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You are correct, sir! :) Fixed. Thanks for the head's up.

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yep. got a chub now.

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Great review, just ordered on Newegg after cancelling on Amazon for a different card, this is clearly the one to get. Also thanks for the power info, I'm running a 650 and was wondering if I would be a problem and knowing the adapters are included is a plus as well. I game, but I also work as a video editor, I can actually do renders at home with this thing, that many cuda cores allows Adobe CS to render 3D and HD at near pro system levels, amazing for the price. Currently I have a GTX 660 at home and was amazed at the performance for a $200 card, Metro Last night looked great on it, interested to see the difference with the 780 for myself.

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I'm glad I read this benchmark. I am super excited for when I get my 780's... if I ever have the funds for such a thing. But I'm even more excited for the sweeps that just went up including a 7990 in the build. I guess you have to take AMD seriously too. Awesome review. It's also good to know that my 1200i won't be needing a replacement till it dies.

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very informative review, I will be using this to help decide my next purchase

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Wow, that is a beautiful card! I don't know if it is worth me spending that amount of money though, unless I had extra money laying around! $659 is allot to spend on a card, especially since I spend half that on two MSI Twin Frozr Hawk Edition 6870's! They have great performance for half the price and am very happy with the temps I am getting from them! I am running Mac OS X 10.8.4 and Windows 8 with them. I can play games on both Operating Systems!

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I can't wait for my paycheck, this particular graphics card seems like the perfect card for my ultimate gaming pc that I will be going to make! :)

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