ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB in SLI, better than a Titan and less expensive to boot!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 4, 2014 - 10:40 AM |
Tagged: STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB, sli, crossfire, asus, 4k

Multiple monitor and 4k testing of the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC cards in SLI is not about the 52MHz out of box overclock but about the 12GB of VRAM that your system will have.  Apart from an issue with BF4, [H]ard|OCP tested the STRIX against a pair of reference GTX 780s and HD 290X cards at resolutions of 5760x1200 and 3840x2160.   The extra RAM made the STRIX shine in comparison to the reference card as not only was the performance better but [H] could raise many of the graphical settings but was not enough to push its performance past the 290X cards in Crossfire.  One other takeaway from this review is that even 6GB of VRAM is not enough to run Watch_Dogs with Ultra textures at these resolutions.

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"You’ve seen the new ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC Edition 6GB DirectCU II video card, now let’s look at two of these in an SLI configuration! We will explore 4K and NV Surround performance with two ASUS STRIX video cards for the ultimate high-resolution experience and see if the extra memory helps this GPU make better strides at high resolutions."

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July 4, 2014 | 11:25 AM - Posted by Branden (not verified)

Two of these cards in SLI doesn't mean you will have 12GB of VRAM. SLI does not double your memory. You'll still only have 6GB of VRAM.

July 4, 2014 | 12:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for telling us something everyone already knows

July 4, 2014 | 08:06 PM - Posted by Bagel (not verified)

Obviously not everyone knows because the article says 12GB of vram. congrats on not reading the article.

July 5, 2014 | 02:36 PM - Posted by nathanddrews

So? It's technically correct. 12GB of physical VRAM.

July 6, 2014 | 03:49 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

There is pysically 12GB of RAM in that setup, but only 6GB usable which is why it is pointed out that 6GB is not enough for Watch_Dogs. 

If I'd said the cards only had 6GB both times I mentioned it someone would have complained that there was actually 12GB but it wasn't all usable.  I've seen it in past comments for reviews of laptops with 32-bit OSes and 4GB+ of RAM.

I chose to try to annoy both types of complainers at the same time, as usual. 

Thanks for reading it!

July 4, 2014 | 03:40 PM - Posted by dave (not verified)

they should make a 780 ti 6GB

July 5, 2014 | 07:53 AM - Posted by W1tness

OR MAKE THE FREAKING 790 ALREADY!

July 5, 2014 | 04:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Out of all games to test farcry 3 this is one of the worst games with SLI its not even playable with the amount of stuttering/frame drop even at 1080

July 5, 2014 | 05:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

2 780 sli is not enough for 4k if you like eye candy and decent framerate.

So sick of 4k nothing justifies this investment the amount to spend on GPUs and for the monitor is retarded The only way to get 4k playable with most games is with SLI/CF scaling is a joke in most game as of late can barely keep consistent 120fps with 2 780s at 1080 .

July 5, 2014 | 09:36 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

People focus too much on the newest, most demanding games. Sure, 4k is expensive if all you do with your computer is play those at maximum detail settings, but for absolutely everything else you could do with a computer (slightly older games, new but slightly less demanding games, and anything other than gaming) 4k is great and a single 290 or so is sufficient.

July 5, 2014 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i have high standards i guess

July 5, 2014 | 01:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

look at the review they are not maxing out those games and cant even keep get 60 fps

And why not focus on most demanding games its called future proof rig so you dont have to upgraded year later.

thing is though with 4k ATM you cant really future proof unless you want to throw money out the windows and invest in 3 ti's blacks and like said before sli/cf are hit and miss even more so with scaling too many unoptimized games running on older engines that bottleneck hardware potential.

Maybe next time around with AMD/Nvidia things will be better but make sure you wait year after release just to get the proper full potential GPUs...mainly with nvidia

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