Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra review

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Above and below is the card; the Inno3D GeForce GTX 770 iChill HerculeZ X3 Ultra edition with that massive HerculeZ cooler. The card is a 2GB model. We expect the product to retail for roughly 400 EUR/USD, but we hope price will drop a bit in the next few weeks.
 We had silent hopes for a 4GB version, but the card will come with two gigs of graphics memory, that's definitely sufficient if you are a hardcore gamer with a monitor resolution of 1920x1200. If you plan to game on triple monitors then 4 GB models would be my preference though, as that would definitely help you out in the uber high resolutions and hefty AA combinations. 


With the GeForce GTX 770 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.

The top part has been kept open for ventilation so that the card can exhaust hot air. Combine it with three monitors for surround monitor gaming or you could opt to go with 3D Vision, bringing an immersive stereoscopic 3D experience to the PC. 


The GPU is placed on a fully customized PCB and has a 4+2 phase PWM design, Inno3D offers this edition factory clocked for you at a nice 1150 MHz (Ref 1046) with a Boost clock of 1202 MHz (Ref 1085). And as our article will show later on, there's room for tweaking as we got this puppy running stable at close to 1300 MHz on the boost frequency. So as you can see the GeForce GTX 770 iChill Ultra with HerculeZ X3 cooler from Inno3D is rather big in size. The card is using a triple-slot cooler which uses three silent 90mm fans with five heatpipes. An aluminum radiator covers the VRM and even memory area. If we do the math we think the cooler can dissipate roughly 450W of heat whilst remaining silent. As a result under full load this card manages to stay under 55 degrees C in our testing. The cooler is modular btw, you can remove the fans, reposition them, the fan blades are detachable and there even is an assembly tool packed inside the cooler. Absolutely impressive. 

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