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ASUS DirectCU II Updated Lineup: NVIDIA GTX 700 Series Edition

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: Asus

Results: Skyrim

The latest installment of the Elder Scrolls series is still DX9 based, but the art assets and overall look of the game is still fairly cutting edge.  I make a manual run-through of Whiterun captured with FRAPS.  Quality settings are put to Ultra with 4X AA and 16X AF.  FXAA is disabled and the HD texture pack is installed.

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Skyrim runs very well on NVIDIA based cards.  The 760 approaches the R7970 at 1920, but falls much farther behind at 2560.  At 5760 things do look more interesting.  One would expect the R7970 to be a bit ahead of the GTX 770 due to the 3 GB of memory it packs, but the 770 does come out a few frames ahead.  Neither of the cards can compete with the GTX 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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