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ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 780 Review

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The graphics card. After the motherboard and CPU, it's the component that holds precedence for gamers from all walks of life. Without it, you'll never get to experience the graphical features that the game and its built-in engine provides. Some swear by the traditional method of air cooling, while many attest to attaching a huge waterblock that watercools their card with dramatic results. But what about a card that allows you to choose between both these methods? Enter the ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 780.

Description: ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 full box

ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 full box

The Poseidon draws its name from the Greek God of the Sea. By letting you choose how you want to cool your card, ASUS has provided solutions and placed them directly into the hands of the gamer. If not for the two pipes that stick out at the top of the card, you could very well have thought that it was just a slightly, out-of-the-ordinary graphics card; a typical run-of-the-mill, custom- cooled graphics card that ASUS had produced.

Description: Air and water keep the Poseidon both cool and silent

Air and water keep the Poseidon both cool and silent

The presence of a pre-installed waterblock is actually beneficial in a couple of ways. Firstly, because it was installed together with the cooling fans on the Poseidon, ASUS indirectly helped water cooling aficionados to cut down cost on buying a separate water block, as well as the installation time.

One thing that we noticed about the Poseidon is its overall build. The waterblock and the fans were actually bolted down to the card quite sturdily. Usually, an endeavor such as attaching a dual cooling system onto a single graphics card can be quite tricky. But we must admit, ASUS has done a very good job in ensuring that the card's performance and integrity were not hampered by the cooling systems in any way.

Description: The Poseidon comes installed with fans and a waterblock

The Poseidon comes installed with fans and a waterblock

To start off as we always do, we first subjected the Poseidon to a series of synthetic benchmarks. This include the use of 3DMark, 3DMark 11 and Unigine Heaven 4.0. On 3DMark, the Poseidon achieved scores of 8,925 and 4,633 on Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, respectively. On 3DMark 11, the Poseidon definitely did well in the benchmark, scoring an impressive 12,023. To further prove its prowess, it managed to maintain an average 78.9 FPS while testing the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark. All in all, these were solid scores and they were achieved while utilizing only air cooling.

Description: The Poseidon GTX 780 has the 10-phase power design

The Poseidon GTX 780 has the 10-phase power design

And then came the real-world benchmarks. To see how the Poseidon fares on games, we ran the card through our list of games: Crysis 3, Batman: Arkham Origins and Hitman: Absolution. In Crysis 3, the Poseidon was capable of maintaining an average of 56 FPS with TXAA set at maximum.

In Arkham Origins, the card managed to impress us yet again by pulling an average of 125 FPS with all settings maxed out. In Hitman: Absolution, it definitely blitzed our volumetric stress test and managed to hit an average frame rate of 86 FPS.

The ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 can be utilized in a number of combinations. Regardless of the cooling method, the card still performs as it should: efficiently, consistently and silently.

Specifications

·         Slot: PCIe 3.0

·         GeForce: GTX 780

·         Memory: 3GB GDDR5

·         SLI: Yes

·         Price: $792.44

·         GPU Clock: 954MHz, 1,006MHZ (boost)

·         Memory Clock: 6,008 MHz (Effective)

·         Connectors: 1x Dual-Link dvi, 1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort

·         Minimum PSU Required: 550W

·         Dimensions: 287 x 137 x 41 mm

 

 

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