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ASUS DirectCU II Updated Lineup: NVIDIA GTX 700 Series Edition

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: Asus

Results: Bioshock Infinite

Another new addition to the benchmark regime!  BI adds all kinds of fancy tricks to the PC to make visuals that are, hyperbole aside, simply stunning.  Or at least new.  It is based on UE 3.0, but still has plenty of bells and whistles to make things look really nice with plenty of interesting effects.  Ultra/DX11/DOF is enabled while using the built-in benchmark.

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We see things shake up a bit, but not tectonically so.  This title is under the AMD Gaming Evolved program, but it does not seem to benefit AMD cards to a marked degree.  The NVIDIA cards are all slightly ahead for their price points and the GTX 780 is again in a class of its own.  If there is one thing of note, it is the 5760 results.  The GTX 770, while achieving higher average frames, has a lower minimum as compared to the R7970.  Considering the art assets of this title, the extra memory space might be coming in handy.  Morry feels that Infinite should be Infinity.  I hear "y"s are more expensive than "e"s on Wheel of Fortune.

August 16, 2013 | 02:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The fact that every card has a new cooler except for the GTX 770 really irritates me...

August 16, 2013 | 02:22 PM - Posted by Josh Walrath

It is a new cooler on the GTX 770, because the previous GTX 680 had the triple slot number.  It is unfortunate that they did not update the shroud though to match those of the 780 and 760.

August 16, 2013 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Bogdan (not verified)

Great cards these GTX780 Direct CUs. I've been a little hasty on getting the MSI GTX690 reference card early this March (got a great discount on it though :-) . It's not overclocked (for acoustic and temperature reasons), but on a 60Hz 1080p SAMSUNG monitor displays everything beautifully, with all eye-candy maxed out. Constant 60FPS with V-Sync on for great image quality - that is on every game I played so far. No need for overclocking yet! If I hadn't bought this GTX690 beauty, I most definitely would have gone for ASUS's GTX780. Thanks for this review, Josh. Great job. All the best!

PS: Might wanna check Min/Avg colour bars on Unigine Heaven benchmarks page.

March 21, 2014 | 03:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I had just gotten one of these card myself and I have had problems with it. It goes unresponsive. As soon as I put back in my gtx 680 no problems so i was wondering whether it was the card so i wend and returned it and the next one did the same thing. So I had my friend let me borrow his GTX 770 this was a EVGA version I put that thing in and I had absolutely no problems what soever so keep this in mind.

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