Clash of the Titans VGA 2014 – ASUS Geforce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II vs ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II

Test platform


  • CPU – Intel Core i7 4960X
  • MB – Asus Rampage 4 Formula
  • VGA – Asus Radeon R9 290X DC2, Asus Geforce GTX 780 Ti DC2
  • RAM – 4x4GB Corsair DDR3 2133 CL11
  • SSD – Kingston HyperX SH100S3/120G
  • PSU – Cooler Master SPH1300
  • Cooling – EK Supremacy VGA, True Spirit 140, Eheim 1262 pump
  • TIM – Arctic Cooling MX-4

Fans used:

  • Scythe Slip Stream SM1425SL12H (1700RPM)
  • San Ace 9SG1212P1G03 (6000RPM)
  • Delta 1424UHE (5500RPM)


The purpose of this article is to evaluate the robustness of the cards, especially the reliability and stability of the VRM at very high loads, overclocking capabilities and – of course – identifying any weak points.

Overclocking potential will be measured in three stages, we’ll begin with the stock cooling followed by a far superior air cooling solution for the second stage, and from there we will move to a high end water cooling setup for the third and final stage.

Games are fairly useless for the purpose of this article, if benchmark tools were available for some of the games with impressive and demanding graphics (Crysis 3, Battlefield 4, Far Cry 3, etc) the situation might have been different, but it isn’t..

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