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Asus HD6970 Direct CU II Review – the ultimate 6970 ?

Rating: 9.5.

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
Primitive Rate
2 prim/clk
2 prim/clk
Shader Architecture
VLIW4
VLIW4
Stream Processors
24 SIMD/1536 ALU
24 SIMD/1536 ALU
Texture Units 96 96
ROPs/Z-Stencil 32/128 32/128
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

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