Cannyone wrote:I just bought one of these cards. It will replace a pair of EVGA GTX 660 Ti cards in SLI. I chose it because it seems to be the best value for what I want based on the following:
1. It has an integrated water-block. Which I can take full advantage of because I can rebuild my custom loop to accommodate it. By comparison the only other GTX 780 I can get with a factory W/C solution is the EVGA Hydro-copper. That typically runs for $100 more.
2. It has the custom VRM section that should help me succeed if I decide that I really need to overclock it. And otherwise should provide greater durability.
3. Despite what your Reviewer said... It costs less than a custom block solution. Those typically cost $130 - $180. An then you have to mount them very carefully. Plus, to my understanding, only EVGA doesn't void your warranty if you apply such a solution. And the best price I can find on the EVGA GTX 780 is $520. So the best I could do that way would cost me ~$650.
I also have to take the Review into exception on another point. Running all tests on a display that costs more than most will spend on their entire system is just silly. Especially when the vast majority of "Enthusiasts" are running at 1920x1080, and only a small proportion are running at 2650x1400. It just makes the review irrelevant to do so. And that is a disservice to your readers.
You can get a 4K 60Hz display that was designed for gaming under $700 now, which is a price tag most hardcore gamers are willing to spend. If you are reading reviews on a $600 video card it is highly likely they are gaming on a good monitor. Like the conclusion said you can buy the MSI GeForce GTX 780 card with the same clocks and an air cooler for $469.99 after rebate. There is no need to water cool this card, so right there you are saving $130. If you wanted to slap on a custom block like the EK-FC780 GTX Ti - Acetal for $126 when it isn't on special and end up with a better cooled card. If you want to pick up a card that is already watercooled and well designed the ASUS Poseidon is great and certainly the card to get like you noted.
At the end of the day I could spend the next 5 years reviewing at 1080p or move ahead and go where the market is going. I have made the decision to go ahead of what is common and really push the cards with a 4K display.