El­e­ments Com­bined

ASUS ROG Po­sei­don GTX 780

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - Text // John law

The graph­ics card. Af­ter the moth­er­board and CPU, it’s the com­po­nent that holds prece­dence for gamers from all walks of life. With­out it, you’ll never get to ex­pe­ri­ence the graph­i­cal fea­tures that the game and its built-in en­gine pro­vides. Some swear by the tra­di­tional method of air cool­ing, while many at­test to at­tach­ing a huge waterblock that wa­ter­cools their card with dra­matic re­sults. But what about a card that al­lows you to choose be­tween both these meth­ods? En­ter the ASUS ROG Po­sei­don GTX 780.

The Po­sei­don draws its name from the Greek God of the Sea. By let­ting you choose how you want to cool your card, ASUS has pro­vided so­lu­tions and placed them di­rectly into the hands of the gamer. If not for the two pipes that stick out at the top of the card, you could very well have thought that it was just a slightly, out-of-the-or­di­nary graph­ics card; a typ­i­cal run-of-the-mill, cus­tom­cooled graph­ics card that ASUS had pro­duced.

The pres­ence of a pre-in­stalled waterblock is ac­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial in a cou­ple of ways. Firstly, be­cause it was in­stalled to­gether with the cool­ing fans on the Po­sei­don, ASUS in­di­rectly helped wa­ter cool­ing afi­ciona­dos to cut down cost on buy­ing a sep­a­rate wa­ter block, as well as the in­stal­la­tion time.

One thing that we no­ticed about the Po­sei­don is its over­all build. The waterblock and the fans were ac­tu­ally bolted down to the card quite stur­dily. Usu­ally, an en­deavor such as at­tach­ing a dual cool­ing sys­tem onto a sin­gle graph­ics card can be quite tricky. But we must ad­mit, ASUS has done a very good job in en­sur­ing that the card’s per­for­mance and in­tegrity were not ham­pered by the cool­ing sys­tems in any way.

To start off as we al­ways do, we first sub­jected the Po­sei­don to a se­ries of syn­thetic bench­marks. This in­clude the use of 3DMark, 3DMark 11 and Unig­ine Heaven 4.0. On 3DMark, the Po­sei­don achieved scores of 8,925 and 4,633 on Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ex­treme, re­spec­tively. On 3DMark 11, the Po­sei­don def­i­nitely did well in the bench­mark, scor­ing an im­pres­sive 12,023. To fur­ther prove its prow­ess, it man­aged to main­tain an aver­age 78.9 FPS while test­ing the Unig­ine Heaven 4.0 bench­mark. All in all, these were solid scores and they were achieved while uti­liz­ing only air cool­ing.

And then came the real-world bench­marks. To see how the Po­sei­don fares on games, we ran the card through our list of games: Cr­y­sis 3, Bat­man: Arkham Ori­gins and Hit­man: Ab­so­lu­tion. In Cr­y­sis 3, the Po­sei­don was ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing an aver­age of 56 FPS with TXAA set at max­i­mum. In Arkham Ori­gins, the card man­aged to im­press us yet again by pulling an aver­age of 125 FPS with all set­tings maxed out. In Hit­man: Ab­so­lu­tion, it def­i­nitely blitzed our vol­u­met­ric stress test and man­aged to hit an aver­age fram­er­ate of 86 FPS.

The ASUS Po­sei­don GTX 780 can be uti­lized in a num­ber of com­bi­na­tions. Re­gard­less of the cool­ing method, the card still per­forms as it should: ef­fi­ciently, con­sis­tently and silently.

AT A GLANCE

Slot

PCIe 3.0

GeForce

GTX 780

MeM­ory

3GB GDDR5

SlI

Yes

PrIce

RM2,579 The Po­sei­don comes in­stalled with fans and a waterblock.

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