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Asustek readies GeForce GTX 970 graphics card with 10-phase VRM

After Nvidia let all of its partners to develop their own designs for graphics cards based on its GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 graphics processing units, the majority of manufacturers designed advanced printed-circuit boards for the latter and low-cost PCBs for the former. Asustek Computer decided to reverse the trend and introduce a GeForce GTX 970 featuring a sophisticated PCB and a high-end cooling system.

Asustek Computer has developed Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight graphics card, which promises to be one of the best GeForce GTX 970 graphics adapters on the market. The board is based on the PCB used for the Asus Strix GTX 980 product, which is one of the most advanced GM204 graphics cards on the market. The Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight features 10-phase voltage regulation module (VRM), two auxiliary PCIe power connectors (one 8-pin and one 6-pin) as well as a modified DirectCU II cooling system with two different 10cm fans.

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The Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight features base GPU clock-rate of 1253MHz (1355MHz maximum) as well as effective 7GHz GDDR5 frequency, reports Expreview. The card with its altered cooler and a backplate weighs around 1.11 kilograms.

The manufacturer positions its GTX 970 Dragon Knight below its premium Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of products, but above its default graphics solutions. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether the Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight graphics card will be available anywhere outside mainland China and Taiwan. From time to time companies like Asustek introduce exclusive solutions for local markets.

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10-phase VRM will enable great overclocking potential for the GPU, something, which could make the Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight the world’s highest-performing GeForce GTX 970-based graphics adapter.

Price of the Asus GTX 970 Dragon Knight remains unclear, but do not expect to be affordable since the graphics card is truly exclusive.

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KitGuru Says: If the “Dragon Knight” graphics card reaches European, U.K. and U.S. markets, it could end up as one of the most interesting GeForce GTX 970 graphics solutions available thanks to advanced PCB design, quiet cooling system and potentially great overclocking potential.

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