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ASUS DirectCU II Updated Lineup: NVIDIA GTX 700 Series Edition

Author: Josh Walrath
Manufacturer: Asus

Results: Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Unigine Valley

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This particular benchmark nicely shows the performance hit that we would expect to see with varied levels of tessellation enabled.  I tested with it disabled, moderate, normal, and extreme.  We should get a good feeling about how these cards handle tessellation under various levels.  Resolution was set at 1920x1200, no AA, 16X AF, and High quality settings.

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Tessellation has always been a strong feature for NVIDIA, but the latest HD 7000 parts based on the GCN architecture have made big improvements over previous generation parts.  The cards stay in their respective positions, but as the tessellation level goes up, the AMD cards start dropping a bit behind.  Though the GTX 760 is still GK104 based, it is consistently slower than the GTX 670.  This is not exactly news here as it is more heavily cut down as compared to the 670.

 

Unigine Valley

This is another new benchmark released by the fine Unigine people.  It is really stunning to watch and has an amazing view distance.  It encompasses all of the latest DX11 technology, but it is not focused on tessellation as Heaven is.  Overall it is a great representation of what a next generation “open world” game engine should be able to do.  Testing was done at 1920x1200, no AA, 16X AF, and Ultra quality levels.

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This benchmark favors the NVIDIA based cards across the board.  The GTX 760 comes close to the performance of the R7970, and the old HD 7950 is at the tail end of the pack.

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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