ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC Review
Category : NVIDIA
Published by Marc Büchel on 19.06.13
Meanwhile ASUS has a heavily overclocked GeForce GTX 780 card in its portfolio which even features a new revision of their DirectCU II cooler. Almost obviously, there is also a non-reference PCB which features a ten phase power design with super alloy components. Everything put together sounds like a higly compelling offer.



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On the following pages we will show you the strengths and weaknesses of the ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Technical Data / Specifications


With the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC you get a card which features a custom PCB as well as a custom cooler. The ASIC quality measured on our sample was 80.4 % which is high considering the average being at 73 % on the cards we had at hands.
About ASIC quality:



ASUS' GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC is based on NVIDIA's massive Kepler GK110 chip, which is manufactured by TSMC using the latest 28 nanometer process technology. With the GeForce GTX 780 you get twelve SMX units which results in 2'304 CUDA cores. Following the specs further, there are 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs, a 384 bit wide memory interface and 3 Gigabyte of GDDR5 memory, which is clocked at 1'502 MHz (effective 6'008 MHz). In the end there is a memory bandwidth of 288 Gigabyte per second. Concerning the GPU's clock speeds it runs at a base clock of 889 MHz and a boost clock of 941 MHz. During our tests the highest boost clock we measured was 1'045 MHz and the average boost clock was also 1'045 MHz.

The ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC also supports GPU Boost 2.0. The first version of GPU Boost stopped overclocking the GPU when a certain power target was hit. This new second version of GPU Boost stops overclocking the card, when a certain temperature is being reached. This makes sense since the temperature is the bigger inhibitor than the power target in most cases. In this case the temperature target is 80 degrees Celsius. In other words, as long as the GPU runs at less than 80°C it will keep overclocking until the maximum frequency has been reached. This is why in our case the average boost clock was 104 MHz higher than the typical boost clock NVIDIA advertises.



nVidia GeForce

GeForce GTX Titan

ASUS GTX 780 DCU 2 OC

GeForce GTX 780

GeForce GTX 770

Chip GK110 GK110 GK110 GK104-425-A2
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7.10 Billion 7.10 billion 7.10 billion 3.54 billion
GPU clock 837 MHz 889 MHz 863 MHz 1'046 MHz
GPU Boost clock 876 MHz 941 MHz 900 MHz 1'085 MHz
Memory 6'144 MB GDDR5 3'072 MB GDDR5 3'072 MB GDDR5 2'048 MB GDDR5
Memory clock 1'502 MHz (6'008 MHz) 1'502 MHz (6'008 MHz) 1'502 MHz (6'008 MHz) 1'750 MHz (7'000 MHz)
Memory interface 384 Bit 384 Bit 384 Bit 256 Bit
Memory bandwidth 288'400 MB/s 288'400 MB/s 288'400 MB/s 224'400 MB/s
TMUs 224 192 192 128
Shader Cores 2'688 (14 SMX) 2'304 (12 SMX) 2'304 (12 SMX) 1'536 (8 SMX)
ROPs 48 48 48 32
Maximum board power 250 Watt XXX Watt 250 Watt 230 Watt
PCB Type Reference Design Custom Design Reference Design Reference Design
Lenght (PCB - Total) 27.0 - 27.0 cm 26.7 - 28.7 cm 27.0 - 27.0 cm 26.7 - 26.7 cm
Height (PCB - Total) 11.0 - 11.0 cm 12.0 - 14.2 cm 11.0 - 11.0 cm 11.0 - 11.0 cm
Slots 2 2 2 2
Cooler NVIDIA Reference ASUS DirectCU II NVIDIA Reference NVIDIA Reference
MSRP $999 $XXX $649 $399


ASUS decided to equip the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC with a new version of their famous DirectCU II cooler. In case of this card you get no less than five heatpipes, two six millimeter, two eight millimeter and one massive ten millimeter. Soldered to the heatpipes you find the fin stack which is being provided with fresh air via two fans. The fan closer to the I/O shield as a new "CoolTech" unit from ASUS. They claim that this fan is able to provide a higher airflow than standard axial or radial fans at the same noise level. In case of the second fan you find a standard axial fan. Overall this version of the DirectCU II cooler was able to impress. In 2D the fans are very silent and in 3D the card is still silent.



A closer look at the PCB shows that ASUS equipped this card with a digital ten phase power design. The GPU gets its current from eight phases and the two phases left take good care of the memory. Once more ASUS is using high quality super allow chokes and on the backside of the GPU you find dedicated SAP CAP's to maximize overclocking headroom. 

Checking the voltage regulation chip we find a digital multi-phase buck controller ASP1212 from IR (International Rectifier). Furthermore there is an unidentified Richtek 2-phase PWM labelled 02=FA F2B taking care of a stable current supply for the the memory.



The memory chips used are made by Samsung and carry the model number K4G20325FD-FC03. They are specified to run at 1'500 MHz (6'000 MHz effective).




Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Preview



   


   


   


   


Delivery

   


The card ships well bolstered in a foam made mold. Bundled with the graphics card there is a user guide, a driver CD that includes the overclocking tool GPU Tweak too, an SLI bridge and a power converter (2x6-Pin-PCIe to 1x8-Pin-PCIe). If you're looking for game vouchers or something like that you'll be disappointed, since there is absolutely nothing like this in the box.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Test Setup

Hardware

Mainboard
  • ASUS Maximus V Gene (BIOS 1604)
CPUs
  • Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.0 GHz (Turbo On / HT On)
Memory
  • G.Skill RipjawsZ Dual Channel 4x4GB CL9-9-9-24-DDR3-1600 MHz
Graphic Cards (Driver)
  • nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 780
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 770
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 680
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 670
  • nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CF
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970
Drivers
  • Windows 7 x64 (up to date)
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 320.18
  • AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta2
  • Intel Chipset Driver 9.3.0.1026
Games and OS
  • Windows 7 x64 (Up to date on the 22/05/2013)
  • All games were up to date on the 22/05/2013)
HDD
  • OCZ Technology Octane 512 GB SSD
PSU
  • Seasonic Platinum SS-1000XP / 1000 Watts



Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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3DMark 11 Performance





 
Graphics Cards Score Graphics Score
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 15'687 19'411
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 14'918 18'303
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 14'256 16'676
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 13'064 14'742
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 12'784 14'177
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 12'388 13'568
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 11'565 12'291
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 10'518 10'887
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 10'265 10'561
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 9'972 9'924
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 9'712 9'855
AMD Radeon HD 7970 9'153 8'912
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 8'553 8'497
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2


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3DMark - Fire Strike Performance





 
Graphics Cards Score Graphics Score
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 11'535 15'177
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 10'426 13'412
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 9'390 11'669
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 9'290 10'642
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 8'071 9'937
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 8'683 9'806
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 8'341 9'344
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 6'949 7'761
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 6'904 7'719
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 6'759 7'538
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 6'380 7'102
AMD Radeon HD 7970 6'476 7'063
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 5'712 6'231
More is better





3DMark - Fire Strike Extreme





 
Graphics Cards Score Graphics Score
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 6'160 6'905
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 5'456 6'092
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 4'927 5'400
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 4'737 4960
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 4'441 4'622
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 4'150 4'544
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 4'198 4'330
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 3'426 3'592
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3'432 3'549
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 3'343 3'497
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 3'125 3'245
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3'153 3'216
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 2'818 2'896
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2


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Unigine Heaven 4.0 Extreme Preset





Graphics Cards Graphics Score FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 2'431 96.5
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 2'238 88.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 2'040 81.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 1'809 71.8
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 1'744 69.2
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 17'36 68.9
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 1'567 62.2
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 1'368 54.3
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 1'339 54.3
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 1'274 50.6
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 1'124 44.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 1'058 42.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 1'024 40.6
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2


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BattleField 3





High Preset, 1980x1080, 4xMSAA, Ultra, SSAO Average FPS
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 135.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 114.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 107.6
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 99.4
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 96.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 95.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 93.2
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 79.4
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 79.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 77.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 72.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 71.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 68.4
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Borderlands 2





High Preset, 1980x1080, FXAA, no PhsyX, High Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 137.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 134.6
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 134.5
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 134.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 133.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 132.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 129.2
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 123.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 121.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 120.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 115.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 113.8
AMD Radeon HD 7970 105.4
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Bioshock Infinite





Graphics Cards FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 162.70
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 160.33
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 152.08
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 128.40
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 126.96
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 119.69
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 111.74
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 107.32
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 105.89
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 99.50
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 99.20
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 92.17
AMD Radeon HD 7970 87.39
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Crysis 3





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xMSAA, Very High Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 43.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 39.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 36.6
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 35.2
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 33.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 32.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 31.6
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 25.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 25.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 23.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 21.6
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 19.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 17.8
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Call of Duty Black Ops 2





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xMSAA, High Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 196.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 193.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 175.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 154.4
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 145.2
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 133.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 131.4
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 115.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 112.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 107.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 103.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 96.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 94.0
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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DIRT Showdown - Benchmark





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xMSAA, Ultra Average FPS
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 127.74
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 106.22
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 94.44
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 90.83
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 89.86
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 85.76
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 83.44
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 79.66
AMD Radeon HD 7970 72.66
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 70.28
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 69.37
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 66.58
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 58.08
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Far Cry 3





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xMSAA, Ultra Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 71.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 65.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 60.6
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 56.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 55.4
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 54.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 51.6
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 40.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 39.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 36.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 33.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 33.0
AMD Radeon HD 7970 29.8
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Max Payne 3





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xMSAA, Very High Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 72.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 66.2
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 65.6
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 57.8
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 56.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 53.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 52.6
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 40.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 39.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 37.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 36.6
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 34.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 33.6
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Sleeping Dogs - Benchmark





High Preset, 1980x1080, Extreme, High-Res Textures Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 84.5
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 83.1
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 75.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 66.3
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 61.0
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 60.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 56.2
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 51.7
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 50.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 49.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 47.1
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 45.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 39.5
More is better





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim





High Preset, 1980x1080, 8xAA, Ultra Average FPS
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 132.9
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 132.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 132.0
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 131.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 131.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 130.8
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 116.4
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 114.4
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 112.4
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 109.8
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 106.2
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 98.6
AMD Radeon HD 7970 98.4
More is better





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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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Metro: Last Light






Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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Power Consumption





Power Consumption Idle* Watts
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI (non ref design) 69
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI (non ref design) 69
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 68
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (non ref design) 65
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 61
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 59
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 (non ref design) 57
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire (non ref design) 56
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 55
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 55
AMD Radeon HD 7970 54
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 52
*Entire system Less is better


Power Consumption Load (FurMark)* Watts
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire (non ref design) 473
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 380
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI (non ref design) 370
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI (non ref design) 363
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 315
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 297
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 292
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (non ref design) 262
AMD Radeon HD 7970 238
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 224
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 220
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 (non ref design) 210
*Entire system Less is better


Difference Idle/LoadDifférence Idle/Charge Watts
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire (non ref design) 417
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 312
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI (non ref design) 301
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI (non ref design) 294
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 260
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 240
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 236
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (non ref design) 197
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 165
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 165
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 (non ref design) 153
AMD Radeon HD 7970 184
  More is better






Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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Fan Speed / Noise Level


Fan Speed




Noise Level




For the noise level results, we measured the noise level using a decibel meter (Voltcraft SL-200) located at 1 meter away from the graphics card.


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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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Idle / FurMark / BF3


Idle Temperature



Idle, temperature is taken after 15 minutes @ 30 %, 50 % and 100 % fan speed.
Room Temperature: 25°C

Temperature under Furmark



For FurMark, temperature is taken after 15 minutes of GPU Burn test @ 30 %, 50 % and 100 % fan speed.
We stopped the test when the GPU temperature hit 90°C.
Room Temperature: 25°C

Temperature and fan speed under BattleField 3



For BattleField 3, temperature and fan speed values taken, are the highest achieved after 1 hour gaming @ auto fan speed.


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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
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Performance/Watt



Graphics Cards Performance Index Power C. (Watts)* Performance/Watt*10
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 76.66 224 3.42
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 71.30 220 3.24
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 (non ref design) 65.56 210 3.12
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 91.08 297 3.07
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 87.78 292 3.01
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 94.13 315 2.99
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 111.58 380 2.94
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI (non ref design) 103.55 370 2.80
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (non ref design) 72.91 262 2.78
AMD Radeon HD 7970 65.80 238 2.76
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI (non ref design) 93.67 363 2.58
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire (non ref design) 111.44 473 2.36
*Entire system More is better Less is better More is better


The "Performance Index" value is calculated as the sum of all benchmarks results divided by the amount of games (3DMark and Ungine not included into the calculation).

Performance/Price



Graphics Cards Performance Index Price (€) Performance/€*10
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 65.56 272.6 2.40
nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti SLI 93.67 400.0 2.34
nVidia GeForce GTX 770 75.33 341.6 2.21
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 72.91 344.7 2.12
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 71.30 339.9 2.10
AMD Radeon HD 7970 65.80 319.0 2.06
ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DC2 OC 76.66 374.6 2.05
nVidia GeForce GTX 670 SLI 103.55 545.2 1.90
nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 111.58 679.8 1.64
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Ed. CrossFire 111.44 689.4 1.62
ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DC2 OC 91.08    
nVidia GeForce GTX 780 87.78 559.6 1.57
nVidia GeForce GTX TITAN 94.13 855.3 1.10
More is better Less is better More is better


For the price we took the lowest price available on geizhals.eu, on the day the review has been published.


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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
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Conclusion


Update
Regarding the fact, that our sample was surprisingly noisy, ASUS sent us a new BIOS revision, which is taking care of this issue. As a result the noise level went down by a big margin, eliminating the very only issue this card had. Now the card is subjectively speaking silent, even under load. Because of this reason we changed the award after publishing this review. Furthermore ASUS will ship all the cards that make it to the retail channel with the updated BIOS, which means that no customer will get a noisy card.
The problem itself was caused by NVIDIA's Boost 2.0, since it automatically changes rotation speeds to prevent quick temperature increases. At first ASUS didn't take care of this issue but now they've released this fix.
 
General + -
ASUS’ brand new GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC is a really nice piece of hardware. This custom card is not only quicker than a reference GTX 780 it also features ASUS latest version of the DirectCU II cooler, which makes it silent. It's just a pity that there are no games in the bundle when you buy an ASUS OC card these days. Apart from that this thing is excellent.   - Performance
- Cooling
 
       
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
GPU Temperatures were good at maximum of 80°C under heavy FurMark load with the fans locked at 30 % fan speed. This latest version of the DirectCU II is also very decent from a noise level perspective. Subjectively speaking this cooler can be categorized as silent while gaming and under idle conditions the new DirectCU II cooler is subjectively very silent. Furthermore the cooler is really powerful and it keeps the card at temperatures, which are way lower than what you get with the NVIDIA's reference cooler.   - Noise level in both idle and load   
       
Performance   + -
A closer look at overall performance shows that the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC is 4.6 % faster on average in games than a reference GTX 780. 
Taking a look at the clock speed shows that this card clocks at 1'045 MHz on average, when applying heavy 3D loads. At this point one can really see GPU Boost 2.0 doing it's job, since it always tries to get the maximum clock speeds out of the card, without overstepping the 80°C temperature target. 
A closer look at power consumption shows, that our test system, equipped with the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC, burns 61 Watts under idle conditions and 297 Watts under load. Compared to the reference GTX 780 the heavily modified GTX 780 from ASUS consumes nine watts more in idle and five watts more unter load. Especially concerning the full load power consumption you should be aware, that the DirectCU II version clock a lot higher than the reference card.
  - Performance/Watt
- Power consumption under load
- Power Consumption in idle
       
Recommendation / Price   + -
Should you be looking for a really fast graphics card with an excellent cooler, then the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC from ASUS is a great choice. Sure, there is there are faster cards out there but it's only three percent of the much more expensive GeForce GTX Titan.   - High-End Gaming  
 
We gave the GTX 780 DirectCU II OC from ASUS the very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.
 





Page 1 - Introduction Page 13 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 14 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Preview & Delivery Page 15 - Max Payne 3
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 16 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 5 - 3DMark 11 Page 17 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 6 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 18 - Metro: Last Light
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 19 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - BattleField 3 Page 20 - Fan Speed / Noise Level
Page 9 - Borderlands 2 Page 21 - Temps - Idle / FurMark / BF3
Page 10 - Bioshock Infinite Page 22 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 11 - Crysis 3 Page 23 - Conclusion
Page 12 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2



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Author: Marc Buechel (rewarder) m.buechel@ocaholic.ch