ASUS GTX780Ti DirectCU II OC Review

Conclusion

ASUS GTX780Ti DirectCU II OC Review

Conclusion

As we said in our introduction, the combination of things here is such that you almost know exactly what you're getting without having to plough through our results. 

However, the DCUII OC isn't quite all we hoped it would be. Don't get us wrong, it would be impossible to have a disappointing GTX780Ti, such is the extraordinary performance available and the ASUS card is no different. Perhaps it's our expectations from ASUS and their excellent DirectCU II cooler but it's very difficult to come away from our results with anything other than a bit of a quiet "oh".

Stock performance is good despite the relatively low clock speed that the ASUS card comes equipped with. Although it's 80MHz ahead of the pure reference speed, and therefore deserving of the OC suffix, it's a good 50 or 60MHz behind the speeds available on other factory overclocks. It's about the same as most of the other GTX780Ti's we've tested, although the massive overclock of the Gigabyte GHz Edition is easily the best option if you just want a card to plug in and go.

Overclocking was easy with the ASUS GPU Tweak software and we managed to get a decent clock speed and a nice boost to the GDDR5 speed too. It's clear from our graphs though that the ASUS GTX780Ti DirectCU II OC, whilst still being as great as any GTX780Ti would be, isn't up there with the highest levels of performance. In general in nearly every benchmark it was behind the other GTX780Ti's we've tested. This is more than likely down to the silicone lottery rather than the range as a whole, we can't help but wish we could have squeezed a little more from it considering how good the DCUII cooler performs.

Speaking of the cooling, the DirectCU II is as excellent here as it has proven in many other applications. The card is quiet and temperatures are kept well under control. We also like the all black look of the cooler and although you can add the stickers if you really want to, we think it's better left au naturel.

Available for around the £560 mark the ASUS is priced in the middle of the GTX780Ti range. It's slightly more than stock cards with reference coolers, but slightly less than some of the higher overclocked offerings around. Its performance matches its price-tag and for that reason, as well as the inherent performance available with the GK110, we are happy to award the ASUS GTX780Ti DirectCU II OC our OC3D Performance award.

    

Thanks to ASUS for supplying the GTX780Ti DirectCU II OC for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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21-02-2014, 06:34:02

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...093215295l.jpg

ASUS have applied their DirectCU II cooler to the awesome GTX780Ti. There is also a factory overclock, so how does it perform?

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21-02-2014, 09:29:30

barnsley
I still stick by my belief that asus are becoming lazy in terms of GPUs. The 290/290x is crap as far as 290s go for example. I don't know if I have too high an expectation from asus but I was expecting more.

21-02-2014, 09:35:30

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I still stick by my belief that asus are becoming lazy in terms of GPUs. The 290/290x is crap as far as 290s go for example. I don't know if I have too high an expectation from asus but I was expecting more.
I think you are, can only do as much as the core will allow. Short of making a new GPU they couldnt have done any more to try and polish the 290 & 290X

This is a great card but the stock clocks are lower than the mental fast ones we have tested and the silicone lottery was not shining in our favor with the Ti

Never the less its still cheaper than the 600+ ones that we have looked at and still a mental fast card.....

21-02-2014, 09:44:08

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I think you are, can only do as much as the core will allow. Short of making a new GPU they couldnt have done any more to try and polish the 290 & 290X
They could've made a cooler that wasn't the 780's one .

I'm sure if they do a platinum version it'll be amazing. I'm tempted to say that MSI have the market sector that the normal DCUII cooler used to take.

21-02-2014, 10:08:43

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
They could've made a cooler that wasn't the 780's one .

I'm sure if they do a platinum version it'll be amazing. I'm tempted to say that MSI have the market sector that the normal DCUII cooler used to take.
If they made a new cooler every time the price would rocket....

21-02-2014, 10:32:25

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
If they made a new cooler every time the price would rocket....
Yeah I know this its pretty obvious that is the case however others did a better job. Surely the flagship of each generation of 'card, be it Nvidia or AMD, should have coolers designed or at least modified around the card in question. Prices would be a bit higher, but if you're getting the flagship 'card you're not going to worry about price that much. Obviously it'd be unfair to expect them to do what GPU specific brands do (e.g. Sapphire, Gainward) and come up with a cooler that performs excellently across the range of chips. I'm sure if they do some super powered 'card it'll be amazing as I said earlier its just the DCUII isn't as good as others and with Asus being huge players you'd expect more.

21-02-2014, 10:42:57

SieB
If only Sapphire did their Tri-X cooler for the 780Ti, that I would like to see.
The Tri-X is the best non ref cooler for the 290s as it stands, they are a good 10*c cooler than the Giga, MSI and Asus non ref 290s and just as quiet.

I agree Asus have lost their way, before my 290 every other card I have had has been a DCU or DCUII but compared to the other cards they don't seem to be doing as well lately.
They even used this version of this DCUII cooler on the 290, I understand them usining the same one on the 780 and 780Ti because there is next to no difference, but its not the same for the 290. :\

21-02-2014, 10:43:25

tinytomlogan
Most of the others do exactly the same fella. Make a good cooler once not lots of half arsed versions.

The DCUII cooler is actually very good at what it does.

21-02-2014, 10:47:45

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

The DCUII cooler is actually very good at what it does.
For the 770/280x and the previous gen cards I'd agree, I fell in love with my mates DCUII 660s when I built his rig. The higher gen cards I don't think are that good on the scale of things. Probably because there is alot more fully designed custom 'cards for the high end.

21-02-2014, 10:49:48

SieB
Yep, it is still a good cooler no doubting that, just compared to the rest of the manufacturers the DCUII cards don't seem to be as good as they used to.
They are still good cards and there is no major reason not to buy them, it's just that the other non ref cooled cards seem to be doing better lately.

21-02-2014, 10:54:32

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
They are still good cards and there is no major reason not to buy them, it's just that the other non ref cooled cards seem to be doing better lately.
Especially with AMD. Best gen so far for custom coolers imo.
The green team also have it good, nice to see that the Gainward is getting popular. Also inno3D's iChill 780 is my currently my fave 'card. I have one permanently sitting in my basket on overclockers. I've had my wallet out soo many times.

21-02-2014, 11:33:00

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Especially with AMD. Best gen so far for custom coolers imo.
The green team also have it good, nice to see that the Gainward is getting popular. Also inno3D's iChill 780 is my currently my fave 'card. I have one permanently sitting in my basket on overclockers. I've had my wallet out soo many times.
Not tested that one, the older ones were not what I would have called quiet though

21-02-2014, 12:41:37

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Not tested that one, the older ones were not what I would have called quiet though
Supposedly they've improved the noise quite a bit. I've only ever seen the 780 in the flesh and not the others so I can't really say.

21-02-2014, 12:42:33

Dicehunter
Well guess I'll be sticking with my reference 780 Ti, Gets better fps according to your graph


*EDIT*

Is there a video by chance or is this card a written review only ?

21-02-2014, 13:48:39

Zoot
BTW Tom, it's nice to see comparisons between non-reference cards and the one that's being reviewed, since we normally end up buying non-reference cards anyway.

You're one of the few (the only?) I see to do this.

As for the card, I have the regular 780 DCUII, and it performs quite well for me. It's nice and silent when it's idle but it could probably do with being a little quieter under load given the temperatures in my case are normally in the mid 60's, maxing out at 70C. Still, it leaves room for a custom fan profile.

22-02-2014, 11:52:21

badtaylorx
i really believe that the GTX 670 top was asus' pinnacle of dcII's

10-06-2014, 07:40:48

TIZ012
I like the review, but it would have been great if the vrm temperatures were also tested. Asus allow vrm temps to be monitored now, and this card like other high end Asus cards seem to report high vrm temps (by both software and hardware probes).
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