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ASUS GTX780 Direct CU II OC Review

The ASUS GTX780 Direct CU II OC arrives in the striking ‘monster claw’ box. An image of the Direct CU II cooler is showcased on the left of the box.
The GPU ships underneath a peripherals box, protected between foam. ASUS include an extra length SLI cable, a software disc, power converter cable and a manual. We do advise people to get the latest driver from the Nvidia website.
The ASUS GTX780 Direct CU II cooler is made from metal, and the back of the PCB is covered with a back plate to offer protection and to aid with cooling efficiency. It is a dual slot cooler.

If you are paying attention you will notice that the fans are both different. The blades on the left fan are designed at a different angle to help pull the air across the heatsink from the other fan and out the rear of the case, improving cooling efficiency and reducing noise.
The ASUS GTX780 Direct CU II OC has two DVI ports, (DVI-I and DVI-D) and an HDMI and DisplayPort connector.
The GTX780 is SLi capable in a 2 or 3 way configuration. This particular model from ASUS takes power from a single 8 pin and 6 pin connector.
ASUS have included a backplate on the PCB and there is also a cooling heatsink dedicated to the VRM’s. They have incorporated high grade SAMSUNG GDDR5 on this card. The main cooler itself is unusual in that it is a direct contact design and has a huge heatpipe on one side and four thick heatpipes on the other side transferring the heat to different parts of the heatsink.

It is a very heavy heatsink and extremely well constructed.
The ASUS GTX780 Direct CU II OC has received a core clock boost from 863mhz to 889mhz. The Boost speed is set at 941mhz and the memory speed 1,502mhz (6Gbps effective). The GK110 core is built on the 28 nm process and this card has 48 ROPS, 192 TMU’s and 2304 CUDA cores. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is connected via a fat 384 bit memory interface.

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