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Asus GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Edition Video Preview

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We take a closer look at the new graphics card from Asus that supports both air and liquid cooling out of the box.

Asus GTX 780 Poseidon

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.

The Asus GTX 780 Poseidon Platinum Edition will be released at the end of this month, and while no pricing has been announced, you can expect it to go for a pretty penny.

 

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    oajarmeh95 , January 15, 2014 6:37 AM
    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?
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    will1220 , January 15, 2014 7:12 AM
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    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?
    +1 on what kind of RAM > They look awesome!
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    giovanni86 , January 15, 2014 8:58 AM
    I too am interested in that lighting configuration for the memory. On the topic at hand would be nice if that cooler was on a 780ti. I hope in the future maybe this should become a standard where the coolers also have the option to be water cooled.
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    giovanni86 , January 15, 2014 9:00 AM
    Double post. Found it. http://www.avexir.com/
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    Au_equus , January 15, 2014 10:52 AM
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    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?
    +1 on what kind of RAM > They look awesome!
    The RAM modules looks like the Corsair Dominator Platinum series using customized light bars (not included)
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    zloginet , January 15, 2014 10:59 AM
    SELL ME A CARD without a stupid cooler. UGH
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    JAYDUB6669 , January 15, 2014 11:16 AM
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    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?
    +1 on what kind of RAM > They look awesome!
    The RAM modules looks like the Corsair Dominator Platinum series using customized light bars (not included)
    The look like Avexir Blitz...http://www.avexir.com/product/blitzspec.html
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    XGrabMyY , January 15, 2014 11:38 AM
    Why can't ASUS just make a damn Blue accented card? Or silver? Or just all black?Red is so ugly.
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    vinhn , January 15, 2014 1:44 PM
    I don't get what's up with all these late release. It's understandable if they release in January or back during December last year or if it is a 780Ti card. Releasing a 780 during Mid 2014 while we're hot on the heels of next generation architecture of the GTX 8XX series is just kind of odd.
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    Reyad Ayad , January 15, 2014 1:46 PM
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    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?
    +1 on what kind of RAM > They look awesome!
    It's Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer.
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    Exia00 , January 15, 2014 5:25 PM
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    Why can't ASUS just make a damn Blue accented card? Or silver? Or just all black?Red is so ugly.
    well why not just email them about it then oh and also remember the 400 series were green
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    chumly , January 15, 2014 8:07 PM
    What are the thermals like when you run liquid and air same time?
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    Jess Castro , January 15, 2014 11:43 PM
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    What are the thermals like when you run liquid and air same time?
    Short of hardcore Liquid nitrogen cooling you will eventually hit a wall that cannot drop below your ambient room temperature, regardless the number of fans and liquid you have on something.
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    maza90210 , January 16, 2014 12:47 PM
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    It's a good idea to make Direct CU II hybrid, but can i ask about the RAMs what brand they use in this system they are so amazing with these LEDs ?


    That RAM, I think is the new Avexir Blitz ram, which is not actually released, check it out
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    Lordhaelmchen , January 26, 2014 10:27 AM
    This is amazing. I was looking into the impact itx board for a prodigy build that i wanted to upgrade in the future wit the custom watercooling mobo and cpu block ek made. Dont have the money for the cooling yet, but with this babe i can make the transition much easier and just slap the cooling on when i saved the money for it. Also a very sexy system with all rog components and no fear of compatibility issues. Might even solder the hush hush overvolting feature of the rog series on and get some crazy oc going. This should be able to beat a stock titan with no problems.
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    oajarmeh95 , January 26, 2014 10:34 AM
    Thanks to everyone who answered my question about the RAMs :) 
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    Lordhaelmchen , January 26, 2014 10:37 AM
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    What are the thermals like when you run liquid and air same time?
    Once you got your waterloop going the temperatures will even out in your whole system. The aircooling of the card would act like a mini radiator, i would guess with the cooling power of half a standard 120mm one at best. The Airflow would still be beneficial to motherboard components in the area around the pci slot that arent watercooled though, especially considering the fins should be much cooler than in air-only mode.
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    Lordhaelmchen , January 26, 2014 10:47 AM
    lol i am so excited now i have to share. The system will be amazing, a 200mm radiator in the front sucking in, Graphics card fans pushing the hot air up to the 1x2x120mm radiator in the top exhausting and a 140mm fan in the back blowing in for positive pressure. will order mobo, processor and case on the 1st and use older system parts until this ones available.
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    Lordhaelmchen , January 26, 2014 10:51 AM
    lol i am so excited now i have to share. The system will be amazing, a 200mm radiator in the front sucking in, Graphics card fans pushing the hot air up to the 1x2x120mm radiator in the top exhausting and a 140mm fan in the back blowing in for positive pressure. will order mobo, processor and case on the 1st and use older system parts until this ones available.
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    Lordhaelmchen , January 26, 2014 11:02 AM
    lol i am so excited now i have to share. The system will be amazing, a 200mm radiator in the front sucking in, Graphics card fans pushing the hot air up to the 1x2x120mm radiator in the top exhausting and a 140mm fan in the back blowing in for positive pressure. will order mobo, processor and case on the 1st and use older system parts until this ones available.