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

Processor Intel Core i7-4790K
RAM Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-2400
Motherboard ASUS TUF Gryphon Z97
Cooler DeepCool Lucifer
Monitor BenQ EW2440L LED Monitor
Power Supply Cooler Master V700
Casing Sharkoon Tauron
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit
Driver nVidia GeForce 335.23

Benchmark

Here we go!

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 770 75.5
ASUS Striker GTX 760 62.5
ASUS GTX 670 55.0
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 76.5

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 770 56.1
ASUS Striker GTX 760 46
ASUS GTX 670 48.5
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 59.5

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

Scene Card 1080p (avg)
Dark Tower ASUS GTX 770 125.75
ASUS Striker GTX 760 105.7
ASUS GTX 670 100.84
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 121.90
Desert Sunrise ASUS GTX 770 158.24
ASUS Striker GTX 760 130.93
ASUS GTX 670 119.75
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 153.28
Concrete Jungle ASUS GTX 770 81.21
ASUS Striker GTX 760 71.09
ASUS GTX 670 59.56
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 87.42

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

Card Score
ASUS GTX 770 58.4
ASUS Striker GTX 760 58.4
ASUS GTX 670 56.3

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.

Card Idle(°C) Load (°C)
ASUS Striker GTX 770 (auto) 42 81
ASUS Striker GTX 770 (manual : 100%) 34 79

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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