Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCu

A Closer Look

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

A Closer Look & Initial Impressions


Those who have closely followed Asus' performance Radeon HD products will recognise the box theme of a horse driven warrior backed by a somewhat violent landscape. The design adds an aspect of 3D into the characters, which is fairly nifty; albeit not as interesting as what lies inside...

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU      Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

Don't worry we'll get to the graphics card soon, but first we have some accessories. Aside a manual, Asus persist in providing Molex to PCI-Express adapters for those who don't care for Power Supply Units. Also you will find two HDMI to DVI adapters, which many might find useful when using HDTV's perhaps.

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU      Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

...and here it is. You should have noticed by now that the key difference behind this HD 6870 is it's custom cooling solution.

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU      Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

The graphics card itself is made artifically long by nature of the fan duct design.

There are also four inputs available on the graphics card, consisting of two Displayport and two DVI-D.

Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU       Asus Radeon HD 6870 DirectCU

Over the page we will discuss the differences behind the EAH6870 DirectCu in more depth.

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Most Recent Comments

28-01-2011, 04:10:24

tinytomlogan
Asus are back with a midrange champion for the enthusiasts, how does it perform in the OC3D labs?

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28-01-2011, 04:30:55

Zeals
No comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti? It's right in that price range.

28-01-2011, 04:34:02

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

No comparisons with the GTX 560 Ti? It's right in that price range.
Mul compared to the 460 as that is what he has tested on his system in the past. We are all aware that the 560 is better than the 6870 though

28-01-2011, 05:01:08

Mul.
That's right, the GTX 460 is the only other graphics card that has been permenently stationed on my testbed as of late.

I had thought about the 560 Ti, but without trying it I could not add it to my graphs. What you will see however is that the 560 will match and probably outpace the 6870, given that it has 48 more stream processors (over the 460), higher core/memory clocks and the scope to overclock further.

I maintain that the 6870 DirectCu is a nice enough product however it would need a RRP around the 175-180 mark to really make sense.

28-01-2011, 06:20:06

silenthill
The GF 560 makes this card look like a baby considering you are paying the same money, I think the GF 500 series has made anything coming out of AMD look like a baby even if it comes from a big name like ASUS and AMD have to pull something out quickly or reduce there prices seriously or face another period of losses and I really think it is ironic that NVIDIA can turn the tables around in just a few months and just shows us how unpredictable the pc component market has become because a lot of people were predicting that NVIDIA was going down a few months earlier when the 470 & 480 came out.

02-02-2011, 12:54:35

SW2011
hey is it possible to run this in crossfire with a HD 6850?

Sorry im new to this, about to build my own!

26-02-2011, 16:57:34

Xplosiv
woops, sorry i dont think it is

P.S 6850's in crossfire churn out GTX580 performance at high resolutions
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