ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII Review

By on April 14, 2011
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Mean looking card with a mild demeanor.

Good: Extremely quiet, Incredible overclocking headroom, Runs cool no matter the speeds
Bad: 3-slot card may make CrossFire difficult, Low factory overclock
Price: AED 1,650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Overclocking the ASUS EAH6970DCII was pure joy, as the card kept on going beyond my expectations. While I successfully managed overclock the core clock speeds to 1001MHz and run 3DMark 11 with a score of 6089 points, it crashed while running 3DMark Vantage. And so, I had to bring it down a notch, to 987MHz which is still 97MHz more than factory setting and 107MHz more than reference AMD speeds. And all of this was done without any voltage tweaking. Once again, except for 3DMark, all other benchmarks are run at a resolution of 1920×1200.

As you can see, the overclocked HD 6970 Direct CUII destroys everything in its path. And the best part is that it does all of this while remaining absolutely whisper quite throughout the testing! Yes, the Direct CUII cooler on the HD 6970 is one of those rare cooling solutions that remains incredibly quiet no matter what level of load it’s under. Temperatures hovered around 32°C while idling and didn’t go beyond 61°C under load. At overclocked speeds, the temperature stayed at 63°C!

The ASUS EAH6970DCII is at a bit of disadvantage given its overall heatsink size, making it a bit tricky for CrossFire setups, depending on your motherboard. However, it provides for an incredibly potent card where overclocking is concerned. And while it’s ripping frames apart every second at ridiculous speeds, all you’ll hear of this effort is a mild hum in the background.

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  • Luay

    Thanks as always Taimoor!

    First, despite the lazy 10mhz overclock, the Direct CUII has more overclocking room than the Twin Frzor III and is more quite. Right?

    Next, does this card really take up 3 slots or just 2 and chunk of the third? For SLI, even a high-end board such as the Sabertooth P67 can’t handle 3-slot coolers unless there is some space between the cards, and that leaves me with a more expensive P67 Revolution motherboard if I go ahead with this build.

    Finally, I’ll wait for the HIS IceQTurbo to make my final decision on which card to get.

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      Overclocking headroom depends on the card. I can’t guarantee that you will get the exact overclocking speeds I achieved on the ASUS card. Likewise it’s possible that the MSI Twin Frozr III will result in more or less speeds than what I got. You can take the numbers I have as a guideline.

      And ASUS lists this as taking 2.5 slots, but reular motherboards (and even cases) will make this card eat up 3 slots. Depending on the motherboard, of course, you maybe able to go for CrossFire…but just check the specs first. Liek you rightly said, you have better luck with the higher-end P67 boards.

  • Kakmoniak

    I bought it 2 days ago. I am still waiting for shipping. Overclocking gives 1 fps?

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