Alright pretty pictures time. Here shall follow a couple of pages with photo's from our humble photo-shoot. And there is, the GeForce GTX 780 from ASUS and yes, it is a rather cool looking bloke.The card is using an updated revision of ther DirectCUII design, which now has 10mm direct-contact copper heatpipes for pretty good heat dissipation.
New also is a what ASUS calls a CoolTech fan which enables 360-degree airflow that is more effective than traditional fans at the same RPM. That design consists of a hybrid blade and bearing design, with an inner radial blower and outer flower-type blades. Combined, they provide multi-directional airflow to accelerate heat removal and enable consistently stable graphics card performance. I know, it is a lot of marketing, as the cooler really gives overall good but not excellent temperatures. The aluminum radiator covers the VRM and even memory area. The cooler can dissipate 425W of heat whilst remaining fairly silent. As a result under full load this card manages to stay below 70 degrees C in our testing. The card is 10.5 Inches in length which is like 27 cm for those in that like and reside in the Metric system.
With the GeForce GTX 780 you will receive four display connectors, you'll spot a full size Display port connector, one full size HDMI connector and two DVI connectors (dual-link). You can combine these connectors to setup a surround view (multi-monitor) setup. One card will give you more than sufficient performance to play your games on three monitors.
To date we still receive this question a lot, but dual-link DVI does not mean you can hook up two monitors to one connector. Dual-link means double the signal, that way monitor resolutions over 1920x1200 can be supported or you could use a 120Hz monitor. So explained very simple, dual-link DVI supports high-resolution (above 1920x1200) or high-refresh rate (120Hz) monitors.
ASUS offers this DCUII OC edition 3GB edition factory clocked for you and we noticed the Boost clock passing 1050 MHz. And as our article will show later on, there's room for tweaking as we got this puppy running stable over 1200 MHz on the boost frequency.
Each GeForce GTX 780 will have a maximum power design of 250 Watts, but they are made to overclock as well. As such you will see one 150W 8-pin PEG, and one 75W 6-pin PEG (PCI EXpress Graphics) connector. Another 75 to 150 Watts is delivered though the PCI slot and thus motherboard. This should be plenty for a decent overclocking session.
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