Last week we reviewed one of the finest graphics cards we have had in our labs, the Asus GTX580 Direct CU II. This modified card design overclocked to levels we thought impossible and operated at temperatures which other manufacturers have struggled to achieve.
It isn’t only the nVidia high end card which has received the full Asus treatment however as they have turned their engineering team to AMD’s flagship HD6970 solution. The Asus HD6970 Direct CU II is supplied with only a minor overclock of 10mhz on the core (890mhz).
While on paper this looks to be rather disappointing, the card is supplied with the beefy three slot Direct CU II cooler, so we have high hopes for cooling proficiency and overclocking capabilities.
|Product||AMD HD6970||Asus HD6970 Direct CU II
|Core Clock speed||880mhz||890 mhz|
24 SIMD/1536 ALU
|24 SIMD/1536 ALU|
|Frame Buffer||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
|Memory Width/Speed||256 bit, 5.5 Gbps||256 bit, 5.5 Gbps|
|Power Connectors||8 pin & 6 pin||8 pin & 6 pin|
|Display Outputs||2xDVI + 2x mDP + HDMI||2xDVI + 2x mDP + HDMI|