EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition Graphics Card Review
by Stuart Davidson - 16th July 2013
When NVIDIA began releasing their latest generation of cards with the GTX Titan in April they managed to exceed the performance of every other single GPU solution around. Following it with the GTX 780, a cut down version of the same GPU, they brought some great performance to the high end of the market at a price more consumers could afford. With the GTX 770 NVIDIA decided the best route to take was tweaking the GTX 680 architecture and releasing this revised GPU as the GTX 770. We covered a number of those cards at launch and found them to offer a really nice balance of price and performance.
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition (Superclocked)
EVGA go for some nice plain packaging on this card and focus on some key specifications. Inside we find a thorough bundle which includes a large gaming poster, product documentation, product software, stickers, case badge, DVI to VGA adapter and power cables. As is normal for this brand some of the extras are wrapped in high quality bags and it is worth noting that NVIDIA offer their new bundle with this card, a free copy of the latest Splinter Cell game when it is released.
In the past EVGA have tended to stick with the NVIDIA reference cooler on many of their overclocked cards but not in this case. Here we get the Active Cooling Xtreme heatsink and fans. This means a metal shroud with gold effect trim covering the blocks of aluminium fins, 5 heatpipes and copper GPU blocks. EVGA also apply a baseplate to provide stability to the PCB, separate the two fans for minimal turbulence and have created their own fan blade design to maximise airflow. The enhancements don't stop there though as instead of the standard fan bearings we get high quality dual ball bearing versions (comparison shown above).
The 770 is powered by six and eight pin power inputs which combine with the PCIe slot for the 230w (approx.) power rating. Round at the card outputs we find a dual DVI, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort connectors. The GTX 770 is capable of running four screens at one time with three available for surround gaming at resolutions such as 5760x1080 and the fourth running off a separate controller for desktop applications such as messaging.
It is also worth noting some changes EVGA recently made to their warranty policy...
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