ASUS today went to market with a full range of graphics cards enhanced with its DirectCU II thermal technology; the cards include GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. From AMD, ASUS has selected the latest HD 6970 and HD 6950 cards while the cards on offer from NVIDIA include the GTX 580, GTX 570 and the just released GTX 560 Ti.
The ASUS DirectCU cooling technology is one of the best in the business at the moment. Its standout point is the use of copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU core. This allows the cooler to add nearly 20% to its cooling capacity compared to the reference card. In DirectCU II, ASUS has gone with a custom cooler that features twin 100mm fans for a massive 600% higher airflow. The 100mm fans have been included with the HD 6970, HD 6950, GTX 580 and the GTX 570 cards.
For the GTX 560 Ti Direct CU II TOP graphics card, ASUS has gone with dual 80mm fans, making it the most powerfully cooled graphics card in this category. The superior cooling means all cards carry immediate gains in terms of performance and allow enthusiasts to tweak and overclock their GPUs beyond known performance barriers.
In addition to the all new powerful cooler, ASUS has also packed in its Super Alloy Power technology on the new cards. Using a unique allow formula for all power components such as chokes, capacitors, POSCAPs and MOSFETS, the technology boosts performance by as much as 15 per cent while keeping operating temperatures down by 35 degrees. Lifespan of the GPUs is also boosted by 2.5 times. The POSCAPs also ensure that power supply to the cards is highly stable, which means the DirectCU II graphics cards are up to 28 per cent more stable than reference designs during overclocking.
Last but not the least ASUS has loaded all cards in the DirectCU II series with its exclusive overvolting utility – Voltage Tweak. By using this utility, gamers and enthusiasts can explore the full power of the graphics performance of their systems and manage it all through a simple and easy-to-use interface.
While ASUS has not played around with the clocks of the other GPUs, it has boosted the core clock of the GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP graphics card to 900MHz. This is 80MHz higher than the clock speed of the reference card, allowing hardcore enthusiasts to enjoy the newest card from NVIDIA overclocked out of the box.
All cards are available immediately, though pricing details have not yet been received.
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