ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Direc­tCU II OC (GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5)

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If you’re a gamer that ac­cepts no com­pro­mise in terms of graph­ics qual­ity, then you’d most likely want to get your hands on a card that runs on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPU. We take a look at the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Direc­tCU II OC in this re­view, which is one of many cards that are based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

The first thing you’d no­tice about the card upon un­box­ing is that it isn’t adorned with the red trim­mings that are shown on the front pack­ag­ing. Take a look in­side the bun­dled box though, and you’ll find two sets of col­ored trim­mings – one red and the other gold. The rea­son for this is sim­ple. ASUS wanted the trim­mings to match the color of its moth­er­boards, which come in ei­ther gold or red th­ese days. A thought­ful, al­beit un­nec­es­sary ges­ture, we be­lieve.

The next thing you’d prob­a­bly no­tice is that one of the fans (the one closer to the GPU) has a rather unique-look­ing de­sign. This par­tic­u­lar fan is known as the CoolTech Fan, which ap­par­ently, has a hy­brid blade and bear­ing de­sign. Ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing ‘multi-di­rec­tional air­flow’, this fan is ca­pa­ble of some pow­er­ful cool­ing. Likely be­ing more ex­pen­sive to man­u­fac­ture, ASUS has de­cided to go with only one of th­ese fans for each card.

We’re sure that the thing that you’re most in­ter­ested in is the per­for­mance of this card, and we have the num­bers right here. In 3DMark’s Fire Strike, this card breezed through the bench­mark with a hugely im­pres­sive 10,005. We then ran the Ex­treme ver­sion of Fire Strike, where it at­tained an amaz­ing score of 5,227. As a com­par­i­son, most high-end cards av­er­age about 9,000 in Fire Strike and 4,300 in Fire Strike Ex­treme.

Ea­ger to see if we could get a per­for­mance boost by over­clock­ing this card, we in­stalled the bun­dled ASUS GPU Tweak soft­ware and pushed the card to 1120MHz, which is an in­crease of 100Mhz to the card’s max­i­mum boost clock. We then ran Fire Strike, where a score of 10,614 was ob­tained. In Fire Strike Ex­treme, the score was 5,538. Trans­lated into real-world per­for­mance, you’d see an in­crease of one to three frame rates per sec­ond, which is min­i­mal.

Speak­ing of real-world per­for­mance, this card man­aged to run Bat­man: Arkham City at its max­i­mum set­tings, with PhysX set to Nor­mal, at an av­er­age of 120 frames per sec­ond. We then went into Cr­y­sis 3, which was again set to its max­i­mum vis­ual set­tings, and got about 45 frames per sec­ond on av­er­age.

To sum­ma­rize, the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti Direc­tCU II OC is an in­cred­i­ble graph­ics card. It is able to sup­port even the most de­mand­ing games with ease, and do­ing so with­out gen­er­at­ing too much heat, thanks to the CoolTech Fan. Over­clock­ing is def­i­nitely a pos­si­bil­ity, though you’d have to tinker with the volt­age set­tings, which is some­thing we don’t rec­om­mend if you don’t know what you’re do­ing. The con­clu­sion? Get this card if you’re ob­sessed about get­ting the high­est frame rates in games!

This card has un­be­liev­ably pow­er­ful per­for­mance!

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