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ASUS DirectCU II Updated Lineup: NVIDIA GTX 700 Series Edition

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: Asus

Results: GRID 2

The very latest racing game from Codemasters again takes rendering to another level.  GRID 3 features outstanding image quality and huge art assets to really push any card, yet still it keeps frame rates amazingly consistent through testing.  The Ultra preset was used with 4X AA and 16X AF enabled.  The built-in benchmark was used for results.

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GRID 2 is an Intel optimized game, believe it or not.  It still runs nicely on hardware from the other vendors though.  The AMD cards have an edge in this title, and the HD 7950 is probably the best midrange card here.  When we pop up to 5760x1200 the R7970 is right between the GTX 770 and 780.

August 16, 2013 | 05:17 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 | 05:22 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 | 06:04 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 | 06:07 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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