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ASUS Direct CU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5

100% Positive Reviews

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Pros: Runs incredibly cool, quiet, has a backplate, looks great, overclocks decently

Cons: Costs a bit more than reference, but absolutely worth it

For those looking for one of the best air-cooled 780's out there, this is it. Asus improved on a big downside of their high-end DirectCU II coolers which was the triple slot design - this card only takes 2 slots while being just as good (if not better) than MSI, EVGA or Gigabyte's similarly-priced offerings. Looks absolutely gorgeous from both the front and the back, pictures don't do it justice! You'll get an idea of the build quality when you hold the card (has a nice weight to it). As mentioned it has a black backplate with a metal bar/brace which holds the card dead-straight in the PCI slot, so no sag/droop at all.

Requires 6pin+8pin power connectors powered by a decent quality 500w+ PSU. For displays it supports 2xDVI, 1xHDMI and 1xDisplayport. Comes in a black box with thick packaging foam, power adapters, SLI bridge, driver CD (who even uses that?). Standard stuff.

Stock clocks are 889mhz core and 1502mhz memory. Allows voltage tweaking up to 1.2v with stock BIOS. I recommend using the latest MSI Afterburner or EVGA PrecisionX for tweaking, Asus GPU Tweak isn't particularly reliable or refined. Don't worry about hitting the 80c thermal target unless you live in a very hot area, as reviews show this card runs around 68-70c load @ stock clocks.

Automatic fan control works fine, but is a bit more on the conservative side with max speed around ~50%. It is recommended you tailor-make a custom fan curve based on your ambient temps and noise requirements, fans can be pushed to around 60-65% while staying relatively quiet. This is one quiet cooler!

A combination of Asus's new Cool-tech fan, Direct-Power bridge (lower current impedance), heatsink design, etc has all come together to make the coolest, quietest and one of the best-performing GTX780's of the lot. It can definitely be pushed further with a modded BIOS, but (as usual) do that at your own risk.

Asus GTX780 DirectCU II is currently available on Newegg for $519 USD. Hope my review helped thumb.gif

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ASUS Direct CU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5
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Exclusive DirectCU II thermal design includes a direct-GPU contact 10mm copper heat pipe and 220% larger dissipation area to boost heat removal efficiency. It performs 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference.

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BindingPersonal Computers
BrandAsus
EAN0886227529759
FeatureDirectCU II achieves 30% lower temps with 220% the dissipation area, plus 3X quieter running than referenceExclusive Cool Tech Fan drives wider airflow to keep critical components coolDIGI+ VRM with 10-phase Super Alloy Power delivers precise digital power for superior efficiency, reliability, and performance
LabelAsus
ManufacturerAsus
ModelGTX780-DC2OC-3GD5
MPNGTX780-DC2OC-3GD5
PublisherAsus
StudioAsus
TitleASUS DirectCU II Thermal Design with Direct-GPU Contact 10mm Copper Heat Pipe Graphics Card GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5
UPC886227529759
ColorMulti
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Item Height9 inches
Item Length3 inches
Item Width16 inches
Package Height3.46 inches
Package Length17.87 inches
Package Weight4.1 pounds
Package Width9.17 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberGTX780-DC2OC-3GD5
ProductGroupPersonal Computer
ProductTypeNameVIDEO_CARD
UPCList - UPCListElement886227529759
Item Weight2 pounds
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