ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II OC (GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5)
Top of the Food chain
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!