ASUS is known for customised cards with its DirectCU II moniker which is a factory overclocked card out of the box. With the GTX 760 addressing those looking at a comparatively affordable card as compared to the higher end GTX 780 and GTX 770, the ASUS customisation is sure to add some performance boost. The reference NVIDIA GTX 760 is the cheapest GTX 700 series card so far. But will the ASUS GTX 760 DC2-OC offer a better value proposition despite the higher price?
Design and Build Quality
ASUS GTX 760 DC2 sports a metallic shroud with red accents
Considering this is a custom card from ASUS, we are presented with a great looking card as opposed to the boring black plastic shrouded reference design of the NVIDIA GTX 760. The ASUS GTX 760 DC2-OC has an open card design, with the black metallic shroud having red accents going from the edges at the far left to the center at the right hand edge. There are two circular holes on this shroud to make provisions for two fans. This metallic shroud is placed atop the passive heatsink which extends a good 3.5cm outside ahead of the PCB. Four copper pipes (two on each side of the GPU) are seen under the heatsink. The top portion of the card has an 8-pin power connector on the right hand side and two SLI connectors on the left. The overall build quality of the card is quite good and the metallic shroud ensures that there is no flexing, which is quite normal with plastic ones. The PCB on the rear side has no protective covering on it.
The four heat-pipes are clearly visible under the metallic shroud
ASUS GTX 760 DC2-OC is based on the GK104 GPU and it's a factory overclocked card taking the base clock to 1006MHz and Boost clock to 1072MHz - up from 980MHz and 1033MHz respectively. The other major difference is that the ASUS card has a single 8-pin power connector as opposed to two 6-pin ones seen on the reference card. It measures 8.6-inches which is still shorter than the 9.5-inches on the reference card. Other things are pretty much the same as the reference card: 1152 CUDA cores, 2GB GDDR5 memory, 256-bit memory interface, two DVI ports along with a DisplayPort and HDMI port and so on.
The ASUS GTX 760 DC2-OC has the same input ports as the reference GTX 760: two DVI, one DisplayPort and one HDMI port
ASUS has also bundled in a GPU Tweak utility which helps you to monitor the temperature, fan speed and voltage of the card. It also allows you to overclock the graphics card on the fly by adjusting the GPU boost clock and the memory clock. We took the boost clock to 1206MHz and memory clock to around 6058MHz.
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4
RAM: 2 x 4GB GSkill RipjawsX
OS Drive: Intel SSD, 80GB
Source Drive: Kingston SSDNow, 120GB SSD
PSU: Cooler Master 800W Silent Pro Gold
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit