ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Review

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Introduction and Specifications

You might recall that we recently rounded up a collection of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards and put them through a gauntlet of benchmarks and tests. Each of the cards represented brought something unique to the table and stood out in some way, but curiously missing from the bunch was an entry from ASUS. Not to worry -- we didn't forget about ASUS, their cards just decided to show up fashionably late to the GPU party.

We mean that literally and figuratively. One of the things that separates the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU from the competition is the custom cooling solution. Yes, it's prepped and primed to run cooler (up to 20 percent) and quieter (by a factor of 3) compared to NVIDIA's reference cooling solution, but it also makes a customizable fashion statement. Included with the card are two sets of metallic (read: not paper) stickers -- one set in gold and other in red. These add a bit of accented bling to the all-black heatsink to match your motherboard's color scheme.

Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti Box Stock

Like the cards in our roundup, this is a GeForce GTX 780 Ti part based on NVIDIA's GK110 GPU, which is built on a 28nm manufacturing process by TSMC. It's still one of the fastest GPUs on the market, and this particular model from ASUS comes revved up a bit over reference -- it sports a 954MHz base clockspeed and 1020MHz boost clockspeed, versus 875MHz and 928MHz, respectively, for reference cards. 

ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II (GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD)
Specifications & Features

Cards NVIDIA Reference ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II
Graphics Processing Clusters 5 5
Streaming Multiprocessors 15 15
CUDA Cores (single precision) 2880 2880
CUDA Cores (double precision) 960 960
Texture Units 240 240
ROP Units 48 48
Base Clock 875 MHz 954MHz
Boost Clock 928 MHz 1020MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
L2 Cache Size 1536K 1536K
Total Video Memory 3072MB GDDR5 3072 GDDR5
Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 336 GB/s 336 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 210 GT/sec 244.8 GT/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm 28nm
Transistor Count 7.1 Billion 7.1 Billion

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

2 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
Form Factor Dual Slot Dual Slot
Power Connectors One 8-pin and one 6-pin Two 8-pin
Recommended Power Supply 600 Watts 600 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 250 Watts 250 Watts
Thermal Threshold 95°C 95°C
Price  $699 MSRP
$690 Street

You'll notice that this card requires dual 8-pin PCI-E power connectors yet the power requirements are the same as NVIDIA's reference design. Part of the reason is probably due to the custom cooler, but this also allows ASUS to draw in more power when needed. Combined with the card's 10-phase power design and digital voltage regulators, this card should be able to deliver cleaner power than reference solutions, which in turn could allow it to maintain boost clockspeeds for longer periods of time and aid in overclocking.

Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II Main Stock

The other thing to note is the comparatively stellar price point. This is an overclocked card (and warrantied as such) that sells on the street for less than the reference card's MSRP. Had the card been included in our roundup, it would have tied for least expensive (before rebate, anyway), coming in $80 less than the most expensive part. That kind of savings can translate into a triple A title, several slightly older titles, or a night out on the town.

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