ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 256-bit, DVI-I/DVI-D/ HDMI/DP PCI-Express 3.0 SLI ready Graphic Card OC-selected 1072 MHz core
Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 ReviewThe Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 is based on a GK104 (28nm) Kepler chip, the same silicon used in the GTX 660 Ti, GTX 670, GTX 690, GTX 680, and ends with the GTX 770. The GTX 760 is the successor of the GTX 660, but it is also faster than the GTX 660 Ti. This just dethroned the GTX 660 Ti, offering more performance, lesser power consumption and a bang for the buck price point. This is often times referred to as the “sweet spot” where you actually get the performance for what you paid for.
The Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 has a non-reference design and cooler, which I think is great since it lowers the temperature by around 20% and is more silent compared to the stock design and cooler. It has a factory core speed of 1006MHz to 1072MHz (slightly overclocked), and features a 2GB of GDDR5 memory in a 256-bit memory interface. This video card also features GPU Boost 2.0 technology, NVIDIA Adaptive V-Sync and supports DirectX 11.1.
Oh, before I forget, this card also features the NVIDIA GeForce Experience. This software would assist gamers and users to configure their card to achieve the best possible gaming experience they can have. The user interface is quite simple and easy to follow and does not require the skills of a hard core PC enthusiast for you to use this. This also includes the feature called Shadow Play where you can record a video of your game while you’re playing, with just a minimal impact on performance.
The card has a maximum Thermal Design Power of 170W and requires a recommended 550W power supply to run properly. A single card can support 4 displays and I think you can do up to 3-Way SLI with this card. Check out the rest of the specs from the specifications table below.
Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 SpecificationsBelow is a detailed specification of the ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC Edition.
|Graphics Engine||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760|
|Bus Standard||PCI Express 3.0|
|Graphics Processor||GK 104 (28nm)|
|CUDA Core (Shaders)||1152|
|Raster Operations Pipeline (ROP)||32|
|Engine Clock||GPU Boost Clock : 1072 MHz|
GPU Base Clock : 1006 MHz
|Memory Size||2048MB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||1502MHz (6008 MHz Effective)|
|Interface||DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D)|
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
|Power Consumption||up to 225W, 8 pin PCIe power required|
|Accessories||1 x Power cable|
|Software||ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver|
|ASUS Features||DirectCU Series|
Super Alloy Power
|Dimensions||8.6 " x 5 " x 1.5 " Inch|
Packaging and Closer Look
I was quite surprised to see a rather small and simple packaging of the Asus GTX 760 OC. I mean I had an Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II before, and its box was bigger, and you will have to open another black box just to see the card itself. But in the case of the ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, you will immediately see the card when you open the box, a familiar scenario with a typical motherboard packaging. The box contains the video card, a startup guide, a driver CD and a VGA to DVI adapter.
The Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 2GB Graphics Card
When I first pulled out the Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 out from its protective covering, I was surprise to see a shorter card. It’s even shorter than the Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II. At this point in time, I was thinking that its performance was just on par with the GTX 660 Ti. I actually underestimated the card based on its appearance. But thanks to its shorter body, small form factor users (micro-ATX and even mini-ITX) will enjoy this video card.
The ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC has two DVI ports, one HDMI port and a DisplayPort. Now on the back side, you can clearly see how short the PCB of this card is. The heat sink and the cooler are even longer than the card itself. You will also see the orange metal thingy on the center of the card with a “Direct Power” label on it. Later I’ll explain what it is for. Oh, the blue thing on the PCI and SLI bridge portion are just protective caps, very useful specially if you are currently not using the card or transporting it.
According to NVIDIA’s official specs sheet, the GTX 760 draws its power from two 6-pin power connectors. But the Asus GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 only uses one 8-pin power connector. Other OC models from competing brands use a 6-pin+8-pin power connector. I’m not really sure if the Asus GTX 760 OC is more power efficient compared to the other brands since I have not tested and compared competing brands, but I think it draws lesser power compared to them.
The two 90mm silent fans are attached to the plastic covering of the ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, and will reveal the long but thin aluminum heat sink with four heat-pipes that is cooling this card.
Notice that only two heat pipes have a direct contact with the GK 104 chip. I think cooling would be further improve it they would not use a direct-heat pipe method, since only two pipes are actually drawing the heat away from the GPU. Or if they use only two very long heat pipes that are interlinked with each other.
Removing the DirectCU II cooler of the Asus GeForce GTX 760 OC would reveal the card itself. As you can see, it has a shorter PCB compared to other GTX series.
After removing the thermal paste, we get a clear picture of the GK104 chip, manufactured in Taiwan. The GK104 is the first 28nm chip produced. On the right hand side you can see the memory chip manufactured by Hynix with model number H5GQ2H24AFR-R0C. They are clock at 1502MHz with a 6008MHz effective speed, also can be overclocked or pushed further.
In the picture above you will see the SLI bridge connector, and a black heat sink that is cooling the voltage regulator. Asus is using Super Power Alloy chips that provide reliable and stable power to the card. It also increases the lifespan of the card by 2.5x compared to the reference card. The picture on the right is showing the chips underneath the black heat sink.
Asus has also added a Direct Power feature on their GTX 760 DirectCU II OC, this ensures stable performance with 17% cooler PCB and a 56% less impedance.