ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX780 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX780 Review


Poseidon is the Greek God of the sea, which should give you a clue as to the party piece of the ASUS ROG Poseidon.

Water-cooling is helpful for CPUs but almost demanded for graphics cards given their huge work-loading and subsequent heat. Heat has to be dispersed as quickly as possible to keep the card running at its optimum. Also, although CPUs respond well to overclocking in purely calculative tasks, the majority of PCs are gaming ones and graphics cards give a much bigger performance increase when overclocked on a stock CPU when compared to an overclocked CPU and a stock graphics card. 

Heat is the enemy to high-overclocks and also noise. With more and more computers being part of the home, rather than tucked away in a bedroom or spare room, then the ability to game without deafening the rest of your family is vital. Finally the nVidia GPU Boost 2.0 technology is now refined to a point that if you can give it a huge amount of thermal headroom you can obtain results that would be extremely difficult to replicate on air.

Of course water-cooling requires the purchase of a third-party waterblock which is an extra expense and one guaranteed to invalidate your warranty. If only you could have the best of both worlds. The convenience of air, the cooling option of water, and no need to break out the screwdriver. Enter the ASUS Poseidon.

Technical Specifications

In pure specification terms the Poseidon seems like any other GTX780. However, as we'll see on the next page, specifications don't tell the whole story.

ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX780 Review

Take a look at the card up close with our RushKit video below - the full OC3D TV review is in the conclusion where it always is


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Most Recent Comments

27-01-2014, 06:10:26

Tom, one small suggestion, usually I'm not a grammar Nazi as long as I understand what anyone is trying to say but the way you pronounce "Poseidon" made me cringe when I was watching the Rushkit video Quote

27-01-2014, 06:23:56

Originally Posted by maniac View Post
Tom, one small suggestion, usually I'm not a grammar Nazi as long as I understand what anyone is trying to say but the way you pronounce "Poseidon" made me cringe when I was watching the Rushkit video
Thats not grammar though Quote

27-01-2014, 06:28:05

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Thats not grammar though
Pronounciation Nazi sounded weird in my head :PQuote

27-01-2014, 06:59:27

I really like this card, it looks absolutely awesome. In my opinion though Asus need to drop the price by £30-40 to further distance that gap between full cover and this hybrid cooler.

Personally, if I was going all out to watercool my rig and considering the costs of the Poseidon is the same as a 780 with a full cover block, I would go for the full cover over this.
But, if the price of the Poseidon was that £30-40 cheaper then I (and many others) would be more than likely to go for it.

For the convenience and warranty issues and all the rest of it, it is worth it though.Quote

27-01-2014, 07:13:10

I really do like this card, very good design. A well deserved innovation award.

It was a shame ASUS were unable to change it to a 780Ti variant, but that's more nvidia's fault than anyone else, releasing a new gaming flagship without any notice.

I do hope we will see more cards of this design in the future.Quote

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