ASUS GTX780 Poseidon Platinum First Look

ASUS GTX780 Poseidon Platinum

ASUS GTX780 Poseidon Platinum Preview

What's It All About?

To cool with air or to cool with water? It's an eternal conundrum and one made even more complicated by the current swathe of air-cooling options with good performance. If you plan to air cool then it's worth spending the extra money on a high-end air-cooled card with all the bells and whistles. However, if later on you decide you want to water-cool it you can be left with a very expensive cooler in a box, another very expensive water block to purchase, and the sphincter clenching task of removing the old cooler and applying the new one.

All in all, it can be quite a pain and we know of many people who've found the job of choosing the right card initially for some potential water-cooling down the road to be a stressful one.

With the GTX780 Poseidon, ASUS are seeking to rid you of that stress by producing a graphics card that is as happy taking advantage of its Vapor Chamber and dual fans to keep your GTX780 cool under air, as it is utilising in-built barbs and a water-channel to transform into a water-cooled offering without you needing to reach for the screwdriver once.

As you can see the DirectCU H20 is extremely clever in its design. By surrounding the Vapor Chamber with the water channel you get the best of both worlds, with the GPU in direct contact with the Vapor Chamber/water channel and the huge block of aluminium fins on top of that which provide the surface area necessary to give the two PWM fans the best chance of expelling the heat.

ASUS GTX780 Poseidon Platinum Preview  

With G1/4 inch threads the Poseidon is capable of accepting all of the popular barb sizes, so including it in your loop is the simple matter of attaching a couple of barbs, sliding on your tubing and away you go. No messing about with thermal pads or tiny screws and, as certainly the card for people new to the water-cooling world, it's the most hassle-free solution imaginable.

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It's not only the cooler that makes the Poseidon GTX780 something to lust after, but ASUS have given it the full ROG branding, with the black and red colour scheme and pulsating ROG logo. As well as that there are 10K Black Metallic CAPs and Super Alloy Chokes to give you the best possible 10 Phase Power so it should overclock as well as the Republic of Gamers branding would lead you to hope.

Of course all this cooling capacity is most useful with the nVidia GPU Boost 2.0, which really takes advantage of every single degree spare to maximise GPU clock speed and give you the very best performance possible.

We will have a full review of the ASUS GTX780 Poseidon soon, so keep checking OC3D. In the meantime, let us know what you think about the Poseidon in the OC3D Forums.

 
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16-12-2013, 15:03:37

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...090956483l.JPG

Fancy a graphics card that is as happy whether it's air cooled or in a water loop? ASUS have just the ticket.


Continue ReadingQuote

16-12-2013, 15:04:27

maniac
The hexagon fan cutouts look like crap..... thats the first thing I noticed.Quote

16-12-2013, 16:02:43

Niklocen
I can see that the backplate has a different cut out than the DCII card in the VGA Hotwire soldering points does it mean that you don't have to short PGR152 solder pads and remove the PGR 100 resistor to use VGA Hotwire? Or does it have an unclocked power target?Quote

16-12-2013, 16:08:55

iiBetrayforAR
I can't wait to see the performance numbers.Quote

16-12-2013, 16:09:32

Cru
Quote:
Originally Posted by iiBetrayforAR View Post
I can't wait to see the performance numbers.
it's gonna be like a watercooled, overclocked 780. nothing new there tbhQuote

16-12-2013, 16:11:32

deegee
I believe someone else said "jack of all trades, master of none" it will be OK on air, but not as good as it could be, it will be OK on water, but not as good as it could be... Do people really umm and ahh over going to water or not that much? I'm not so sure... I am happy to be proven wrong but I would say the people going the watercooling route would be happier with a dedicated watercooling block and would be happy to do the swap, I don't think anyone would be daunted by the swap either. This seems to me marketed towards people that are confused if they want to go to watercooling or not? Once the decision has been made, its best to be balls deep Quote

16-12-2013, 17:01:48

Mysterae
Looking at the path of the water in the block I think it'll fare a little worse that dedicated block, but with the fans and heatsink, it'll more than make up for it. However, one of the points of a water block is to do away with the fans, for a silent gpu. I wouldn't dare run that card without fans, that block won't cope, imo.

Having said that, with a bit of modding you can achieve the same yourself .

http://xmysterae.webspace.virginmedi...log/670_12.jpg

http://xmysterae.webspace.virginmedi...log/670_13.jpg

I wonder if Tom will tear this card down? Be interesting to see the construction, and also the performance of course.

Are dual method cooling graphic cards a thing of the future? The Poseidon is a good start, but welcome other manufacturers to try harder!Quote

16-12-2013, 18:30:03

WYP
I really do love the idea of this card!

ASUS do seem to love trying to push boundaries, with their MARS and ARES cards and now their combination Air/Water cooler. They must spend an insane amount of money making these.Quote

16-12-2013, 19:20:05

Luscious
Quote:
Originally Posted by deegee View Post
I believe someone else said "jack of all trades, master of none" it will be OK on air, but not as good as it could be, it will be OK on water, but not as good as it could be... Do people really umm and ahh over going to water or not that much? I'm not so sure... I am happy to be proven wrong but I would say the people going the watercooling route would be happier with a dedicated watercooling block and would be happy to do the swap, I don't think anyone would be daunted by the swap either. This seems to me marketed towards people that are confused if they want to go to watercooling or not? Once the decision has been made, its best to be balls deep
I have to agree with this sentiment. Water cooling should be just that - a hybrid h2O/air approach won't provide maximum cooling or push cards to their performance limit.

In addition, my biggest beef with GPU's has always been replacing factory blowers/fans that have crapped out. It's SOOO much simpler to just swap out that 120mm fan on a radiator, without even touching the GPU.Quote

16-12-2013, 21:17:33

MrKambo
am i right in saying if you was to liquid cool this, you could remove the fans? for a cleaner look?Quote

17-12-2013, 00:02:04

ahimoth
I'm a bit annoyed about the 8+6 power why not 8+8 ?

Also I think this looks amazing.Quote

17-12-2013, 01:39:26

AnkoKami
Joined to ask a question. I already have the MSI 780 Lightning. But all logic aside, I am really digging this ROG Card. Do you think it's possible to SLI my Lightning with this card?

I have an i5 4670k on an Asus Maximus VI Formula. I only do light overclocks, not really wanting to push anything to its limits.

Hope someone can maybe tell me if its possible even on paper since this card is not out yet.Quote

17-12-2013, 03:55:27

ShaunB-91
I think the hex shaping is a bit weird too, I thought the fans weren't in line with each other at first.

Still a nice looking card, how much will this cost?Quote

17-12-2013, 05:48:35

Niklocen
http://www.reviewstudio.net/1180-asu...2o-air-cooling
Here they say that watercooled it hits 41C under load.Quote

17-12-2013, 07:20:30

SeraNoxa
also hating the hexagon cut outs. it looks really messy. but i cant wait to see tom reviewing it, and pulling it apart etc. review with each seperate cooling, and then combined.Quote

17-12-2013, 07:49:33

ahimoth
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnkoKami View Post
Joined to ask a question. I already have the MSI 780 Lightning. But all logic aside, I am really digging this ROG Card. Do you think it's possible to SLI my Lightning with this card?

I have an i5 4670k on an Asus Maximus VI Formula. I only do light overclocks, not really wanting to push anything to its limits.

Hope someone can maybe tell me if its possible even on paper since this card is not out yet.
Of course you can man, they're both GTX 780's.Quote

17-12-2013, 08:08:27

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnkoKami View Post
Joined to ask a question. I already have the MSI 780 Lightning. But all logic aside, I am really digging this ROG Card. Do you think it's possible to SLI my Lightning with this card?

I have an i5 4670k on an Asus Maximus VI Formula. I only do light overclocks, not really wanting to push anything to its limits.

Hope someone can maybe tell me if its possible even on paper since this card is not out yet.
You could but it wouldnt look right. If you only do mild overclocks buying the lightning was a bit of a waste too :/Quote

17-12-2013, 08:09:08

AnkoKami
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahimoth View Post
Of course you can man, they're both GTX 780's.
Oh man, thanks.

I'm no expert and never done any SLI but if its possible than imma get this instead of a second Lightning.

I'm just wondering if it'll look weird since the poseidon is shorter.Quote

17-12-2013, 08:10:28

ShaunB-91
They'll look completely different not just in length, I don't see why people mix and match cards.Quote

17-12-2013, 08:20:55

AnkoKami
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
You could but it wouldnt look right. If you only do mild overclocks buying the lightning was a bit of a waste too :/
ahahah yeah, well I got the lightning back then purely becoz of the looks.
And I only did light OC's because I felt exactly that. That I'm wasting the Lightning away, but I'm not really an overclocker.

hmmm but yeah I was thinking it might look off since they are not symmetrical.

Looking forward to the review of this one mate. Seriously considering this since it's like a perfect fit to my Formula. I really am after more on the looks more than anything.

Also considering (after realizing symmetrical problems and if the review can convince me) getting 2 of these instead and maybe putting the lightning on another rig I have lying around.Quote

17-12-2013, 08:22:46

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahimoth View Post
I'm a bit annoyed about the 8+6 power why not 8+8 ?

Also I think this looks amazing.
Bit of a silly comment - it doesnt need 8+8 thats whyQuote

17-12-2013, 08:35:46

SuB
it doesn't have hex shaped holes, it has 7 sides :P

I haven't had a chance to watch the video at work, but the shot of the water in-out pipes make them look HELLA restrictive...

Also, having a tube of hot-air in the middle of your graphics card will do nothing good for performance surely? You'd expect them to pre-fill the tube with some form of fluid for better heat exchange?

*shrug* not my type of card this one, an interesting concept, but could have been better in quite a few ways, in my opinion.Quote

17-12-2013, 14:28:04

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
it doesn't have hex shaped holes, it has 7 sides :P

I haven't had a chance to watch the video at work, but the shot of the water in-out pipes make them look HELLA restrictive...

Also, having a tube of hot-air in the middle of your graphics card will do nothing good for performance surely? You'd expect them to pre-fill the tube with some form of fluid for better heat exchange?

*shrug* not my type of card this one, an interesting concept, but could have been better in quite a few ways, in my opinion.
Less restrictive than a CPU or GPU block me thinks :PQuote

17-12-2013, 15:12:38

Greenback
I'm assuming the water tubes on this are copperQuote

22-12-2013, 16:52:02

Vlada011
You think buying Lightening for mid OC is wasting money...
But I will buy Kingpin Edition too keep on stock clock, I mean fabric or maybe little OC example 1200MHz boost... It's not important when you love something... People give same money for 2-3 military toys to keep on shelf and chage uniform every week. Like Barbie...

Stupid think is because they make card for water cooling and OC 2 months after EVGA and MSI had terrible experience with Elpida memory they decide not to miss that memory...
No Samsung, no excellent Hynix...Elpida! Great Hit for 100MHz overclock memory.
I mean that's one of reason why I cross on Ti, Elpida memory and 2304 shaders on Hynix or Samsung with 2880.Quote
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