Mean looking card with a mild demeanor.
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.