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ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II Video Card Review
11 March 2013
Excerpt: Today we have the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II strapped to our test bench for your reading pleasure. We will compare it to the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 to determine whether the custom VRMs and DirectCU II cooling solution are the droids you are looking for in your next graphics card purchase.
Summary: Today we have the ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II strapped to our test bench for your reading pleasure. We will compare it to the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 to determine whether the custom VRMs and DirectCU II cooling solution are the droids you are looking for in your next graphics card purchase.
Conclusion: As a package, the ASUS Direct CU II is a fully capable video card that is able to play pretty much every game on the market today, as it should. Besides gaming prowess, the HD 7970 DirectCU II first and foremost delivers truly outstanding cooling results that beat out Sapphire's vaunted Vapor-X cooling solution by up to 5°C under load for almost 10% in heat reduction.
Pros: DirectCU II cooling, Low noise, Super Alloy Power, DIGI+ VRM
ASUS Matrix Radeon HD 7970 3GB Overclocked Graphics Card Review
4 December 2012
Excerpt: In the world of graphics cards there a lot of also-rans, cards that were released but didn't really leave a mark on the industry. Reference cards are a dime a dozen (not really, though $0.10 HD 7970s sounds like a great thing to me) and when the only thing vendors can compete on is price it is very hard to make a compelling argument for one card over another.
Summary: Final Thoughts
ASUS has always been a company that has expanded on reference designed cards and made them better and the HD 7970 DirectCU II card is no exception. From the 12-phase VRM that has super alloy caps and chokes to the very large and impressive DirectCU II cooler this card will blow many other HD 7970 cards out of the water! I love that ASUS has kept the same design and color scheme on all of their DirectCU II cards.
Pros: DirectCU II cooling, Looks awesome in your case, Quality power delivery components, Good overclocking potential, VGA hotwire
Cons: Takes up 3 slots, Clocked at the same speed as the reference card
Summary: The great stock clock and exemplary GPU Tweak overclocked performance was no match for the ASUS DirectCU II cooler. It kept the GPU in check managing 65C GPU temps at all times. This is a testament to the abilities of good cooling design. The impressive 12 phase DIGI+ VRM is an engineering work of art that all but guarantees double digit frame rate gains, which can easily last you another year of high end gaming.
Summary: Tagged at a price of roughly 500 EUR the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II will be a card hard to beat. It really is an impressive unit. It already starts when you open up the package and simply lift it, the thing weighs roughly a kilogram.
Now admittedly it is hard to go wrong with a 7970 anyway as the default aka reference R7970 is already a product with a very high 'like' factor for sure.
Excerpt: There is a reason ASUS is so well respected amongst PC enthusiasts. The company has been making some of the best-performing, most feature-rich products in the space for years. Whether it’s a min-ITX motherboard, sleek Ultrabook , or a full-fledged, touch-enabled All-In-One system, ASUS has highly competitive products that are worthy of consideration.
Pros: Great Performance, Quiet Operation, Good Overclocker, Nice Bundle, Targets Hardcore Enthusiasts
Summary: The out-of-box performance out of the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 was far above the previous generation's Radeon HD 6970 video card. It also manhandled the stock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 which has a nearly identical price tag. One of the more impressive features of this video card was the room we had to overclock, and the performance that we received from it.
Summary: ASUS has released its baseline model of the recently released Radeon HD 7970. We will be compare the performance of the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 out-of-box against the highest overclock achieved with voltage tweaking, along with a Radeon HD 6970, and a reference clock GeForce GTX 580.