If you’ve been missing out on the graphics card wars of late, then here’s a quick rundown. AMD launched its high-end $549 Radeon HD 7970 at the end of last year, and it reigned comfortably for a few months until NVIDIA came out with the masterful GeForce GTX 680. That would have been the end of the matter, at least for this product cycle, except for one crucial factor: time. Having reached the market so much earlier, AMD has now had six months to not only tweak its drivers but also its 28nm silicon. That process has already culminated in 1GHz cards at the low- and mid-ranges, and today it leads to the (slightly predictable) announcement of a Radeon HD 7970 ‘GHz Edition’ — priced at $499 and expected to be available from a range of board makers from next week. To keep you amused in the meantime, there’s plenty of detail in the gallery below and after the break.
Asus have unveiled a new addition to their graphics card range with the introduction of a massive triple slot Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II top level graphics card. The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP has been factory overclocked and is being marketed as the coolest and quietest HD 7970 graphics card currently available. The Asus Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II card overclocked to 900MHz on the GPU and 1,000MHz on the 3GB of GDDR5 memory.
The three slot wide graphics card is equipped with a ultra wide cooling system DirecCU II. Which is a dual-fan cooler with six copper heatpipes which make direct contact with the GPU.
Asus says that the new wider design as a 20 percent larger dissipation area than previous DirectCU coolers, giving it a cooling effectiveness that’s 20 percent better and 14dB quieter compared to AMD’s reference design.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Source: Hot Hardware