Beneath the Cooler


Under the Skin

Removing the cover reveals two huge heatsinks ready to cool each GPU. One of the smartest bits of design is having the heatsinks separate rather than one combined piece of aluminium.

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The heatpipes themselves are huge as one would expect. The quality of the workmanship befits such a premium product.

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Rather than go for some specialist design things are kept simple with a variation of the DirectCU cooler we've previously seen from ASUS.

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This is circuitry to the point of artistry. The R&D team have clearly crammed every spare inch of the board, but it is aesthetically pleasing even though nobody is likely to see it. Well, except us of course because we don't mind prying the cooler off of a £1000+ graphics card. It's worth noting the extremely high-quality 900uf NEC Tokin OE907 capacitor, one for each GPU.

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And on the left we have a full-fat GTX580. And on the right, a full-fat GTX580. ASUS are the only company who go that extra mile by designing things that aren't just a reference board with a different sticker.

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2011, 04:53:12

Had a quick read, oh my the price >.<. lol @ 1 for price haha, I would prefer 3x580'S, DEFO not for me lol. I'll wait until it's in the acceptable price range.Quote

16-09-2011, 05:11:21

Watched the full vid today GREAT review as always nice card if you got money burning a hole in your pocket.Quote

16-09-2011, 05:36:04

Thanks for a good and thorough review.

Agreed preformance is disappointing but I think the damn thing looks like it's been in a fender bender with that 3 slot grill and the sloping fan cover. It just looks wrong.Quote

16-09-2011, 07:12:37

I have not watched the videos yet, but I did skim read the written review. Saw the price, and realised this card is more expensive than my entire rig. If I was the type of person who had enough money to just throw around, I still wouldn't get this card.Quote

16-09-2011, 07:14:45

Brilliant review of an overpriced card. I've seen these cards going for upto £1500 on Ebay.Quote

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