ASUS is giving the full treatment to NVIDIA's GTX 780, as it's announced the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II video card. This high-end card features an ASUS-designed PCB, DirectCU II cooler, DIGI+ VRM digital power delivery, and Super Alloy Power VRM components to ensure this card is running stable no matter what you put it through. The DirectCU II cooler features a direct contact design with 10mm copper heat pipes to improve heat transfer efficiency by 40%, and a custom designed heat sink for a much larger heat dissipation area. ASUS says the new cooler features temperatures 30% lower than the reference model, along with "up to three times quieter performance," thanks in part to the new CoolTech fans. Those fans feature a hybrid blade and bearing design for 360° cooling, with an "inner radial blower and outter flower-type blades."
The DIGI+ VRM digital power delivery means up to 30% lower power noise than the reference model, while the Super Alloy Power VRM components translate to better efficiency and stability, and even lower temperatures. It all works out to improving the lifespan of the components to two and a half times what you'd usually find, so the GTX 780 DirectCU II will keep going long after other cards have stopped.
Specification-wise, the GTX 780 DirectCU II features 2304 CUDA cores, 3GB of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit interface, and a core that runs at 889MHz base and 941MHz boost. One dual-link DVI-I, one dual-link DVI-D, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort provide all your video connections, while an SLI bridge allows for some dual video power. Power requirements include 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe connectors, just like the reference model, so there aren't any surprises there. ASUS includes its GPU Tweak software to help you get the most out of your new video card.
ASUS' GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II should be available later this week, although no price was mentioned.
Source: Press Release