ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card Review

You’ve seen the design before, you’ll see it again as it’s ASUS’ awesome DirectCU II custom cooler just as the one found on cards like their Radeon R9 280X and other models.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card Review

The GTX 770 is a power hungry card, with nVidia’s reference TDP for the GTX 770 GPU being 230W so an 8pin + 6pin PCI-E power connector is required for operation.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card Review

I/O panels. I need not elaborate on this.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card Review

The neat part about this card is that it comes with a back plate which I think is a MUST HAVE for cards with heavy custom coolers.

ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Here’s the GPU-Z info for the card.

ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 4GB GDDR5 Graphic Card Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K
RAMKingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-2400
MotherboardASUS TUF Gryphon Z97
CoolerDeepCool Lucifer
MonitorBenQ EW2440L LED Monitor
Power SupplyCooler Master V700
CasingSharkoon Tauron
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro 64bit
DrivernVidia GeForce 335.23

Benchmark

Here we go!

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 77075.5
ASUS Striker GTX 76062.5
ASUS GTX 67055.0
ASUS Radeon R9 280X76.5

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 77056.1
ASUS Striker GTX 76046
ASUS GTX 67048.5
ASUS Radeon R9 280X59.5

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

SceneCard1080p (avg)
Dark TowerASUS GTX 770125.75
ASUS Striker GTX 760105.7
ASUS GTX 670100.84
ASUS Radeon R9 280X121.90
Desert SunriseASUS GTX 770158.24
ASUS Striker GTX 760130.93
ASUS GTX 670119.75
ASUS Radeon R9 280X153.28
Concrete JungleASUS GTX 77081.21
ASUS Striker GTX 76071.09
ASUS GTX 67059.56
ASUS Radeon R9 280X87.42

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

CardScore
ASUS GTX 77058.4
ASUS Striker GTX 76058.4
ASUS GTX 67056.3

Strangely the average framerate remains at 58.4 despite vsync disabled. The maximum framerate was certainly beyond that but I’m just surprised to see the same figure as the one on GTX 760.

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

Below is the full load details.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ASUS Striker GTX 770 (auto)4281
ASUS Striker GTX 770 (manual : 100%)3479

The Verdict

The ASUS GTX 770 retails at RM 1350, which certainly isn’t cheap but it’s the best quality nVidia based graphic card out there based on ASUS’ track record in product quality and not forgetting also the 3-year warranty.

To add to that, there’s other nVidia goodness to it like Shadowplay and Gsync technology, just to name a few.

goldfries recommended

If you have no preference towards nVidia, there’s always the cheaper ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II Top at RM 1,199 (price dropped!) and the less powerful but better cooler-ed ROG Striker GTX 760 with 4GB GDDR5.

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