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Asus ROG Swift PG278Q 144hz G-Sync Monitor (w/ GTX 780Ti ROG Matrix)

It is important not to forget that to achieve a good gaming experience at 2560×1440 with a constant 144hz frame rate will require a beefy graphics solution. We don’t technically need to be gaming at a constant 144hz – but for the purposes of this article we wanted to try and power the monitor consistently at the maximum refresh. An advantage to G-Sync is that obviously you still get smooth, tear-free gaming at any frame rate. Asus suggested they send over their high end GTX780Ti ROG Matrix card, which is available from Overclockers UK for £619.99 inc vat. It is out of stock everywhere right now, but more should be due in soon. We need to point out that while this isn’t a full KitGuru review of the graphics card – we felt it was worth looking at the hardware before we run some game tests when paired up with the new Asus ROG Swift PG278Q 144hz G-Sync Monitor. File0004 The graphics card arrives in a red Republic Of Gamers styled box with just the name visible on the front. File0010 The box opens up to present the card behind a tough plastic cover. Asus focus on the many key selling points of this particular graphics card. File0014 Our sample had been around the block a little, so I am not sure if this is the full bundle you are likely to receive with the retail version of the card. Just a couple of power converter cables and literature in the box. DSCF1001DSCF1008 DSCF1013DSCF1018 The GTX780Ti ROG Matrix is certainly a looker. The metal red and black cooler is both heavy and beautifully finished. DSCF1018File0031 Yes, they have even painted the heatpipes black to match the colour scheme. First time (in memory) we have seen a company do this – fantastic! DSCF1019DSCF1022 The card ships fully equipped with a metal backplate. This will offer additional cooling while protecting the PCB against damage. File0030 Connectivity is pretty much perfect. No fiddly ‘mini’ headers – just two Dual Link DVI connectors, alongside a full sized HDMI and DisplayPort connector. File0035 Two SLi connectors, if you want to push the frame rates even higher. File0033 The GTX780Ti ROG Matrix takes power from two 8 Pin PCIe connectors, shown above. The first header on the left is actually rather difficult to work with, as it is recessed and very close on two sides to the metal backplate. DSCF1032DSCF1040 DSCF1034DSCF1036 Asus are using a hefty heatsink and our close up shots show how the copper heatpipes have been treated with black heat resistant paint. Five very thick heatpipes run from both sides of the copper base into the multiple blocks of aluminum fins – which are also painted black. Asus are using 3GB of high grade SKHynix memory. gpuz A GPUz overview of the Asus GTX780Ti ROG Matrix. The GK110 core is built on the 28nm process and has 48 ROPs, 240 Texture units and 2880 Cuda Cores. The core is overclocked to 1,006mhz and the 3GB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1,750mhz (7Gbps effective). system 3dmark We are using our new KitGuru Test rig, built to our specifications by DINOPC. You can see the hardware breakdown of this system over HERE. When partnered up with the ASUS graphics card, the system scores 10,326 points in the latest version of 3DMark. The card itself scores 11,738 points in the graphics test – which gives a good indication of the power on tap.


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