We take a closer look at the new graphics card from Asus that supports both air and liquid cooling out of the box.
At CES 2014 Asus had its new GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Edition graphic card on display. While we have reported on this card a few times before, we were able to finally check it out in person, and learn a few more details about it.
The GTX 780 Poseidon is a custom GTX 780 with a DirectCU H2O cooler that is capable of cooling it with either air or water, and Asus is claiming 7% better cooling on air and 24% better cooling on water over the reference HSF. One thing that we were still not sure of when we last wrote about the Poseidon was the correct frequencies, and a handy data sheet on display told us that the base clock is 954 MHz and the Boost is 1006 MHz. With those aggressive frequencies over stock, you should be see 780 Ti or even Titan levels of performance from the Poseidon, though to be honest it’s still a mystery to us why Asus didn’t simply build this card with a GTX 780 Ti in the first place. Perhaps the pricing with the custom cooler would have priced it too high to be competitive in the marketplace?
You can check out our hands-on with the card in the video and pictures, though we didn’t get to do more than admire the design of the card, which looks quite a lot nicer than any other GTX 780 with an aftermarket HSF. No benchmark running for us yet.