ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum (air) Review

Published by Christian Ney on 08.01.14
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General + -
With the GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum, ASUS comes with a very interesting and unique product. We really like the idea of hybrid cooling introduced with the DirectCU H2O that allows users to choose how they want to chill their card. It also allows watercooling the card out of the box without voiding the warranty. 3D performance as well as cooling performance are good and we also like the fact that the card is equiped with a full backplate.
As always we would have liked to see the memory factory overclocked and the overclocking on the core pushed further. Further improvements could have been made to noise levels, idle power consumption and to the cooler.
Something else we noticed concerns the delivery as we were quite surprised not to find a SLI bridge. We would also have liked the manufacturer to include some barbs.
  - Performance
- Cooling performance
- Design
- Hybrid cooler
- Backplate
- Memory Clock
- Noise levels
- Price
- Bundle
- Face-plate
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
In terms of raw cooling performance, the DirectCU H2O offers good air cooling performance. Especially when you consider the design of this cooler compared to a DirectCU II for example, then the air cooling performance is very good.
The noise levels are correct but not as low as we would like them to be. In idle the card is inaudible and under load we consider the card silent but audible (38.3 dBA).
More heatpipes above the core would have maybe helped increase cooling efficiency and reduce noise levels.
We are going to test the water cooling performance in an upcoming article.
  - Cooling performance - Noise levels
Performance   + -
Overall the 3D performance is good but as said previously, performance could have easily been improved with higher factory clocks. Especially when you concider this card is based on the new, more efficient, revision of the GK110 chip and it will most likely be watercooled. ASUS could have - for example - added a BIOS switch on its card with one BIOS featuring much higher clocks.
A closer look at power consumption reveals that the Poseidon Platinum draws a bit more in idle than the two Gigabyte cards with 7 Watts difference on the wall and is more efficient under load with a better performance/watt ratio.
  - Performance
- Power consumption under load
- idle power consumption
- Performance/Price
Recommendation / Price   + -
The ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum is a premium product so it comes with a price, we are talking about 550 Euros. That's right, that is 110 Euros more than the DirectCU II version and 100 Euros more than Gigabyte's GHz Edition. On one side we think 110 Euros is quite a lot for a higher factory overclock, a vapor chamber with water channel and a cutdown air cooler. On the other side 550 Euros is roughtly the price of a GTX 780 + full waterblock and the ASUS card has the advantage of being hybrid, maybe better cooled overall and you don't have to worry about warranty.   - Gaming
- Modding
- WC
- Price
We gave the GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum from ASUS 4 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

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