Sometimes change comes fast and there are times when it seems like it takes forever. It has been about 1.5 years since I first spoke to EVGA about possibly changing their stock cooling systems and reference board design. Did I think at all they were possibly trying to patronize me by telling me they were working on it? No, since there were multiple conversations. Over the years, I have learned a lot about EVGA by either reviewing or purchasing their products. EVGA has one of if not the best customer support systems in the business. Their video cards have the highest warrantied overclocks and their user base (forums, EVGA gaming) is massive. Just those three non-performance related perks have given EVGA high awards at HighTech Legion. I have always felt that one thing was missing, the implementation of non-reference cooling and board design.
When NVIDIA launched the 700 Series, I must say I was more than pleased to see that EVGA is now perusing the non-reference territory. It has been two years since I have personally reviewed an EVGA video card (not by choice, by time) so when I became aware of the change, I knew I had to make the time to review at least one EVGA product in the 700 Series. EVGA's new ACX cooling is available on all 700 Series GeForce GTX video cards (to date), which includes the newest member the EVGA GeForce GTX 760. Choosing a model with ACX cooling will not increase the price over the reference design. What ACX cooling offers is a 40% increase in heatsink volume, which makes it more efficient than the reference design by lowering GPU temperatures by 15%. EVGA has also added a reinforcement baseplate, which assists in lowering mosfet and memory temperatures. Just to make sure they haven't overlooked anything, the ACX fan blades have increased strength and are 25% lighter than their competitors, making them 20% more efficient by requiring lower power levels.
The EVGA Geforce GTX 760 SC with ACX cooling is priced at $259 USD. The EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX has a base clock of 1072MHz and a boost clock of 1137MHz, there is 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a 4GB version will be available. The GTX 760 Superclocked edition is built on its own PCB, which contains a 6 phase power controller and requires one 8-pin and one 6-pin PCI-e power connector. A minimum of a 500W power supply is needed (system dependent) and the video card's TDP is 180W. For overclocking, EVGA has included Precision X and OC Scanner software. The EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC with ACX comes standard with a 3 year limited warranty.