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Mar
25
2014

ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Review Benchmarks and Unboxing

ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Review Benchmarks and Unboxing

Although the NVIDIA GTX 780 has been out for quite some time now, many board partners are still churning out new designs for the graphics card. The ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon RoG is the latest variant from ASUS that features a hybrid design. It isn't your usual GTX 780. Instead, it features both an air cooler and water cooling on the same card.

Unlike the ARES which uses an AiO water cooling unit, the GTX 780 Poseidon features a full water block that utilizes G1/4in threads for compatibility with most water cooling setups. In addition to the water block serving as a water-cooling unit, the block also doubles as a heatsink for air cooling.

When running on air only, the GTX 780 Poseidon uses two 90mm dust-proof fans to cool the GPU. When running in hybrid (Water + Air), both the fans will spin to aid the water-cooling in an effort to reduce temperatures even further.

Out of the box, the ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon features a base clock of 954 Mhz on the GPU and 1502Mhz on the memory. Because the Poseidon GTX 780 features a fully custom PCB, the ability to achieve higher, more stable overclocks is possible.

Benchmarks

Temperature

Graphics Tests

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the AMD Radeon R9 290X and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool under the 1920x1080 resolution with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled.

Battlefield 4

Being one of the most popular franchises to date, Battlefield 4 is the latest addition to the series that takes full advantage of the latest hardware. For our settings, we set everything to Ultra with 4x MSAA enabled.

Crysis 3

The Crysis series has always been a staple in the benchmarking world. Considered to be one of the most demanding games out on the market, we put the card through a variety of in game scenarios to determine the average frame rate. For the settings we used 4X MSAA, Very High on a 1920x1080p monitor.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: 1920x1080p Full Screen, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

Conclusion

Overall, the GTX 780 Poseidon from ASUS is a welcomed addition to the family. Not only is it a beautiful card, it also performs equally as well. Hopefully, in the future, we will see more designs like this from ASUS that feature newer GPUs.

If you’re looking for something that’s out of the box and performs pretty darn well, you should look into picking up the ASUS GTX 780 Poseidon.

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