Our Final Thoughts
With the 780 just a short time ago we were very excited to see what the 770 could bring in the wake. We have to say that we’re happy with the result–the GTX 770 is strong. Factor in the custom PCB and cooler, and it only gets better.
The selection of DIGI+ components helps make for not only a good performing card but also a very solid and reliable card along with something that can clock super high with probably even more in the tank. The ability to clock just shy of 1300MHz tells us that after multiple samples the GPU simply can only go so far on air and even with the cooler temps of the DCII cooler the GPU simply hits a limit. The memory capability to clock over 8GHz means plenty of bandwidth waiting to be exploited and provide even better performance should you feel the need to push it. The card carries only a 10 dollar price premium over the reference GTX 770, and with the better cooling capability, we would say it is well justified. The icing on the cake is that the card also yields very legitimate power savings which simply add to the value here.
Overall the ASUS GTX 770 gets our top recommendations for being one mean card with plenty of performance left to be discovered and at only a 10 dollar price difference, it would be silly not to consider it.
|OUR VERDICT: ASUS GTX 770 DirectCU II OC|
|Summary: ASUS took the GTX 770 and made it simply stunning with all the features you would want and the performance to match. For this it earns the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.|