The Asus GTX 780 DirectCU II OC costs US$679 (NewEgg) / SGD$1049 (yup, mind boggling exchange rate), and may include a Splinter Cell: Blacklight game bundle (region dependent). At both US and SG price points, the Asus offering is marginally more expensive (~5-10%) than the reference card, which is actually justifiable given its improved cooling solution and upgraded VRM components. As far as single GPU gaming performance goes, the GTX 780 is in a league above yesteryear’s flagships and a match for the GeForce Titan.

It’s just a terrible shame that with the voltage control limitations in place, the card performs no better than the reference design overclocking wise, which also has a subjectively better looking cooler.