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ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2 GB
30 March 2012
Summary: We were positively surprised by AMD's new Radeon HD 7800 Series in our launch day review. Since then nothing has changed. The ASUS HD 7870 Direct CU II uses the same reference design PCB, adds a bigger cooler and increases clock speeds significantly.
Going from 1000 / 1200 MHz on the reference design to 1100 / 1250 MHz on the DC II resulted in a real life performance improvement of about 5%.
Pros: Good performance increase, Overclocked out of the box, No price increase for overclocking, Some additional OC headroom left, Quiet in idle, Native full-size HDMI output, Adds support for PCI-Express 3.0 and DirectX 11.1, Support for multiple independent audio streams
Cons: Noisy under load, Price too high to be competitive, Increased power consumption, CCC Overdrive memory limits too low