EVGA has done an excellent job yet again. Coming up with a cooler that copes so well with an overclocked GPU wasn’t easy, but EVGA pulled it off with flying colors. It managed to hit the sweet spot, as the ACX cooler does a better cooling than the reference design, while at the same time generating same noise. The ACX cooler is a great alternative to the reference Titan-derived cooler. It is not silent under load, but it is so quiet that you can barely hear it outside the chassis.
As usual, Superclocked cards ship with a nice factory overclock and the GTX 770 Superclocked is no exception. It is clocked 65MHz higher than the reference card and it is up to 6 percent faster. The GTX 770 SC ACX does not run out of steam at 2560x1600 resolution either, depending on the level of eye candy.
The GTX 770 has 2GB of GDDR5 and unless you have some very specific requirements, 2GB should be enough for comfortable gaming. For those who strive for more there’s another SKU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Most users, however, probably don’t need the extra 2GB of memory.
The Geforce GTX 770 is part of Nvidia’s new 700-series, but it bears more than a passing resemblance the GTX 680. The GTX 780 is a different beast and it is in a different league. Nvidia says the GTX 770 card is supposed to replace the GTX 670 rather than the GTX 680, so users of 670/680 cards aren’t the ones Nvidia is going after. The GTX 770 is ideal as an upgrade for the 500-series or similar Radeon cards. The GTX 770 is 65 percent faster than the GTX 570, making it a good replacement for the GTX 570. GTX 770 boasts a twofold increase in performance per watt compared to the GTX 570 and it also support four external displays simultaneously rather than just two.
As we all know, new GPU generations tend to end up more expensive than their predecessors, just look at new GTX 780 and GTX Titan, €650 and €990 price respectively. This is a trend we’ve been witnessing for years and it’s not good for PC gaming as a whole. The PC market is on life support, yet Nvidia and AMD are still jacking up GPU prices like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily the GTX 770 was launched with a €399 price tag and it’s already available for as little as €340.
The EVGA 770 Superclocked is priced starting at €354 and it is not much of a price difference in this segment, all things considered. We believe the ACX cooler is worth the extra 10 to 20 euro.