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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey Guys,

today, as you may or may not have already noticed, im gonna review the GTX780 DCuII from Asus.

 

First, why did i choose the Dcu2 over the other Versions from different vendors?

I actually didnt. :P

My first choice was the Classy since the Dcu2 wasn available here for a long time. But then finally when i wanted

to buy it, it became available and had some benefits including: lower price (80€ less!), maybe better cooling, a sexy Backplate and

an overall look of an beast card.

So that made my decision clear and i ordered it.

 

Now the day of my *first* review has arrived and i want to start with some pictures, followed by Specs, a few Benchmarks and comparisons

as well as a little overclocking and a final conclusion.

 

So lets start right off with the pics :) *Sorry for the crappy quality, i actually thought they'd be better but now its

too late to retake them... :(*

 

Here you can see the front and the back of the box, for those who are interested in this ^^

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The teasing beginns

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*drumm roll*

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Tada, not a good pic but we'll see it in action later

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Here's what comes in the box. A Setup Guide which you probably wont need, a driver disc which you also dont need *download the latest

drivers from the nvidia website*, a 2x6pin to 8pin adapter, a looong SLI bridge and the most important part, a huge graphics card.

At this part of the review i have to compliment Asus. There's no VGA-DVI adapter, welcome to the 21st century! ;)

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here's a closer look at the beast. shouldn't have choosen that background, grr. But look at that huge heatpipe! its as thick as my pinky! :D

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... and from the top, where you can see the different fans.

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Here you can see a little size comparison between the GTX590 and the GTX780 DCuII. Its quite a bit wider. btw, the 590 will go along

with us through the whole review! :)

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Now to the Specs:

The card itself has the gk110 gpu with 2304 cude cores and 7.1 billion transistors.

it features a 384bit memory bus and 3gb of gddr5 memory with a speed of 6008mhz.

The gpu is clocked at 889 mhz with a boost of 941mhz (actually boosts up to 1032 in my rig)

For power you need a 6 and an 8pin pcie connector and nvidia recommends a minimum of 600w PSU.

at the rear I/O you find two dual link DVI, a Displayport and an HDMI port.

It also has two green leds and the pcie-power ports to indicate if you have the power cords plugged in.

My System Specs:

i7 2600k @Stock with H100

Gigabyte Z68xp ud4 Mobo

8gb 1866mhz Corsair Vengeance Ram

Corsair AX750 PSU

OCZ Solid 3 SSD as a bootdrive

1TB WD Caviar Green HDD

and worst of all, a HAf932 (-> now you'll find out why)

 

Excited as i was, i threw my old card out of the rig and wanted to install the 780 right into the case. But unfortunately the case didnt want me to.

Here was my first problem i had with this huge cooler. The weird Toolless Pci clips of the HAf932 are too big. So i thought, ok no problem

theres always this bag of screws lying aroung here. It was until today... But finally after around 15minutes i found 2 screws that now hold

the new card safe in place. So if you own a HAF Case, maybe get a different/smaller card or proposition some screws ^^

This is what it looks like in the end:

*Excuse the cable mess, i will clean that up in a few days*

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But what is a review without some nice Benchmarks and comparisons? For that purpose i only took Benchmark Tools

from the Games themselves and didnt play regular because of time. Also I've got some other benchmarks like Heaven, Valley, 3D Mark etc.

The opponent of the 780 is of course my old gtx590.

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As you can see, the 780 is almost in every test faster. Sometimes not by that much but in games like Hitman with 8xMSAA i saw a huge 10fps boost (20-30%)

because of the vram. The 1.5gb of the 590 isnt enough for modern games, even at "low" resolutions like 1080p.

For the Temperature, with 30°C in Idle and barely 70°C on load, im really satisfied. Also, the noise of the fans is almost unhearable up till 45-50%

when it reaches >55% you can hear it but only by a bit.

I used the third row in the document for some overclocking results. I just made a mild oc with +130 on the core and +475 on the memory but you have plenty

of headroom and it already gives a nice boost in fps in some games i tested.

 

 

Conclusion

 

In my opinion, the gtx780 DCuII is an awesome card which delivers you the best of the best performance in almost every

scenario. The only downside is, that its very pricey and huge.

 

Pros:

-Awesome performance

-One of the best looking cards out there

-Cool and quiet

-Backplate for stability

-SLI capable, only 2slots.

-Overclocking headroom

Cons:

-huge

-expensive

-voltage limited

 

THE END.

I hope you liked my first and hopefully not last Review (you decide! :P) and i would like to hear your opinions on the card

and maybe give me some suggestions to improve me and my reviews! :D

 

If you have further questions, please ask them down below or send me a personal message. Also, if you want some real

game benchmarks, Check my game list and ill give you all the benchmarks you want! ;)

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+ Splinter Cell Blacklist, BF3, Far Cry Blood Dragon, Crysis3

 

PS: Excuse my english! :P and thanks for watching/reading/commenting.


Gaming HTPC:

R5 2400G@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
i7 2600k @stock - H100i GTX - Asus P8Z77-i Deluxe - Asus GTX 1050Ti Strix - 16gb HyperX Fury 1866mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 840 EVO - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Enthoo Evolv ITX - Dell U3415W - Benq XL2411T - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Nice review :D

Thanks! :)


Gaming HTPC:

R5 2400G@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
i7 2600k @stock - H100i GTX - Asus P8Z77-i Deluxe - Asus GTX 1050Ti Strix - 16gb HyperX Fury 1866mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 840 EVO - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Enthoo Evolv ITX - Dell U3415W - Benq XL2411T - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

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Great review, really like your tests there. Im still sitting here with my 570! :) 

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Great review, really like your tests there. Im still sitting here with my 570! :) 

 

thx. :)

i had a 570 before the 590, too. It was a good card but the 1.25gb vram werent enough for me since even BF3 uses over 1750mb on ultra ^^


Gaming HTPC:

R5 2400G@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
i7 2600k @stock - H100i GTX - Asus P8Z77-i Deluxe - Asus GTX 1050Ti Strix - 16gb HyperX Fury 1866mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 840 EVO - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Enthoo Evolv ITX - Dell U3415W - Benq XL2411T - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

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thx. :)

i had a 570 before the 590, too. It was a good card but the 1.25gb vram werent enough for me since even BF3 uses over 1750mb on ultra ^^

 

Hah, well I recently got BF3 and am not playing on ultra - but, am very happy with what this card is capable off! 


NZXT Phantom windowed, Asus Z77 Sabertooth, Intel 2600K, Noctua NH-D14, EVGA 780 Classified, Crucial Ballistic Tactical, Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung 850 EVO, Corsair RM850, Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Peripherals: Sennheiser HD598, FinalMouse Classic, SteelSeries Qck Heavy, Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown), AOC G2460PF & Qnix QX2710

Build Log: Phantom - Antique Noctua

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Very good review. Hate rehashing an old post but you did a really good job. You should consider video reviews!


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Nice review.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Very good review. Hate rehashing an old post but you did a really good job. You should consider video reviews!

Thanks m8! :)

i'm not really a camera guy but you can expect a gtx970 review sometime in the near future from me! ;)

Nice review.

thanks! :)

Gaming HTPC:

R5 2400G@stock - Cryorig C7 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
i7 2600k @stock - H100i GTX - Asus P8Z77-i Deluxe - Asus GTX 1050Ti Strix - 16gb HyperX Fury 1866mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 840 EVO - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Enthoo Evolv ITX - Dell U3415W - Benq XL2411T - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

Reviews and Stuff:

GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
Folding all the Proteins! // Boincerino

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Thanks m8! :)

i'm not really a camera guy but you can expect a gtx970 review sometime in the near future from me! ;)

thanks! :)

 

I cancelled my order for ASUS GTX 970 and bought an ASUS GTX 780 for $350 USD with free Borderlands The Pre-Sequel and $20 rebate. When the next series comes out I will buy a GTX 980 w/ free game and rebate for $350! I am camera shy too because I am part vampire...but don't tell anybody...I don't wanna get staked! :P


i7-3770K @ 4.5GHz, ASRock Z77 Extreme4, G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1866 @ CL9, ASUS GTX 780, CM HAF XM, Samsung 850 Pro 256GB, WD Black 1TB x 2, EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850W, BenQ XL2420TE 24" 144Hz @ 1080p, CM Nepton 280L, Noctua Industrial IP67 2000RPM 140mm PWM Fan x 6

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great review. its good to see a companrison with your older card as well


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Threadreaper 2950X@4.5ghz

Asus Zenith II Extreme

XFX GTR-R Black Edition RX Vega 69 QuadFire 

G.Skill Ripheartout X OC 5000Mhz C12 DDR4 4X8GB  

Super Flower Power Leadex 2000W Psu's X4 

Harrynowl's 775/771 OC and mod guide: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/232325-lga775-core2duo-core2quad-overclocking-guide/ http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/365998-mod-lga771-to-lga775-cpu-modification-tutorial/

ProKoN haswell/DC OC guide: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/41234-intel-haswell-4670k-4770k-overclocking-guide/

 

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