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ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:57 am

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 first came out in May 2013 and even though the card is no longer 'new' it is still a very powerful solution that is continuously being updated and improved upon. ASUS has been working on rather interesting variant of this graphics card called the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Poseidon Platinum GTX 780 3GB graphics card. This card is sold under part number POSEIDON-GTX780-3GD5 and has an MSRP of $599. What makes this card so special is that ASUS came up with a hybrid cooler that allows you to use just air to keep the Kepler GK110 GPU cool or you can add water for greatly improved thermal performance...

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Article Title: ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 Video Card Review
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/asus-poseid ... iew_137993
Pricing At Time of Print: $599.99 Shipped
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Re: ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 Video Card Review

Postby Cannyone » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:39 am

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.
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Re: ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:50 am

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.
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