ASUS Cooks Up Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU with Super Alloy PCB Page: 1

Taiwanese systems’ maker ASUS already has a Radeon HD 6870 in its graphics card line up, but the manufacturer has decided to add another 6870. According to a report by Tech Connect Magazine, ASUS has just released the Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU card with a custom cooler and Super Alloy components.

The first ASUS Radeon HD 6870 is a regular GPU based on the original reference design from AMD. The second card of the series though, is a non-reference one with at least two standout features.  The first is in the form of a dual-slot DirectCU cooler, which brings together a GPU base with copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU die. This allows the cooler to transfer any heat produced directly to the heavy aluminum fin array, which get cooled by an exceptionally quiet fan.

The second standout features is the superbly designed PCB, making used of “Super Alloy” voltage control components. Some of the components of the PCB include Super Alloy chokes, Super Alloy capacitors, and Super Alloy MOSFETs, each of which boosts the durability of the card, enhances stability and ensures super cool performance.

Talking of the base features of the card, it comes with the same 1120 Stream Processors and 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 4200 MHz found in the reference design. The graphics clock though has been ramped up to 915 MHz, making for another interesting change. Other features include dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

ASUS has also added its proprietary Super Hybrid Engine technology to the card for automatically control of the GPU clocks and energy consumption as per the needs of the system. The integrated Voltage Tweak function on the other hand makes for easy overclocking control.

The card is yet to be listed on the ASUS website and there is no word available on availability or pricing.

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