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Meet the Custom Cards - ASUS & Gigabyte
Meet the GeForce GTX 760 Custom Cards
We weren't too impressed by the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, but can NVIDIA's add-in partners can do any better with their custom cooler models? It's time to find out as we test overclocked versions from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and Palit.
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC
ASUS' GeForce GTX 760 has a light factory overclock of 1006MHz on the core (just 26MHz higher than reference), with memory remaining at the default 6008MHz DDR. As with most of ASUS' custom cards it uses the DirectCU II cooler, with dual 80mm fans and four copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU. The card is quite compact (just 8.5 inches long), using a custom shortened PCB that should make it a good choice for mini-ITX and micro-ATX cases. The card retails for S$529 in Singapore and comes with a three-year local warranty.
Update as of 4th July: ASUS has revised its price to a more manageable S$429.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 Windforce 3X OC
Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 760 Windforce 3X OC boasts an impressive factory overclock of 1185MHz (105MHz over reference), with memory remaining at the default 6008MHz DDR. It's also the only card in this shootout using a triple fan cooler, Gigabyte's Windforce 3X. Unfortunately, the cooler on this model is made entirely of plastic, rather than the metal Windforce cooler found on Gigabyte's GTX 770 and GTX 780 custom cards. On the plus side, this makes the card remarkably affordable, and it retails for just S$409 with a 3-year local warranty, making it by far the most affordable card in our shootout.
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