How does Asus’s take on the GTX 780 (aka almost-a-Titan) compare with the previous generation of Radeons and Geforces?
For starters, Asus, like many of the other custom AIC designs for the GTX 780, chose to use their own “DirectCU II” cooling solution instead of the attractive magnesium alloy heatsink blower on the reference card, presumably for cost and branding reasons. There are also heavy modifications to the PCB layout on this card in a bid in improve overclocking headroom, which we will detail later in the review.
I/O Panel wise, the GTX 780 uses the standard Kepler configuration of two DVI-I/-D, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. Due to its humongous cooler, the Asus GTX 780 DCII OC might not fit in smaller enclosures (measurements: 11.3 x 5.8 x 1.6″).
Two SLI connectors are present which means the card can support up to 3/4-way multi-GPU operation, while the 8+6 pin PCIe power plugs entails a potential 300W of power draw. There is also a aluminum backplate at the back of the card which helps to prevent the card from warping and provide rudimentary protection against accidental short circuit from nearby metals (e.g large CPU heatsink).