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ASUS HD7970 DirectCU II 1000MHz Overclocked GPU and GPU Tweak Graphics Cards HD7970-DC2T-3GD5

by Asus
4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • 1000MHz factory overclocked
  • 20% cooler and 14dB quieter performance with ASUS exclusive DirectCU II thermal solution
  • ASUS DIGI+ VRM technology with 12-phase Super Alloy Power for precise digital delivery and enhanced durability
  • VGA Hotwire hardware overvolting and GPU Tweak software tuning
  • One card drives up to six screens with AMD Eyefinity 6: four DisplayPorts and dual DVIs provided
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • CrossFire X Support
  • PCIe 3.0 delivers double bandwidth for faster GPU-CPU communication
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ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 ships with 1000MHz overclocked GPU and 3GB GDDR5. To fully harness the power of 28nm GPUs, HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 comes with ASUS exclusive DirectCU II fansink and six flatten copper heat-pipes directly contacted the GPU makes it 20% cooler. Built with DIGI+ VRM and 12-phase Super Alloy Power technology for precise digital delivery and enhanced durability. Proprietary VGA Hotwire allows users to alter voltages directly on a hardware level. GPU Tweak utility helps users modify and tune clock speeds, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface. AMD Eyefinity 6 - achieving HD/ 4K resolution with no additional adapters.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Resolution 4096 x 2160
Max Screen Resolution 2560 x 1600
Processor 1000 MHz
RAM GDDR5 SDRAM
Memory Speed 5600 MHz
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon HD 7970
Chipset Brand AMD
Graphics Card Ram Size 3 GB
Brand Name Asus
Item model number HD7970-DC2T-3GD5
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 16 x 9 x 3.5 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 16 x 9 x 3.5 inches
Processor Count 1

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ASIN B00739TCH8
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4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,819 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Shipping Weight 4.4 pounds
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Date First Available January 30, 2012

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By Ryan on March 18, 2012
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***Issues (04/2/2012)*** I just wanted to provide a disclaimer that others have cards that are doing great, but I've had 3 of these and 3 of 3 have been bad cards. I ordered 2 cards right when they came out and got some from the first batch from Newegg. Then I ordered here after those cards had arrived DOA. The one I got from Amazon just went bad after 2 weeks of use. If you get a working card just make sure that you hang onto all the parts and packaging so that you can return it if you need to within the first 30 days. I'm sure others have cards that aren't bad I'm just surprised that I've had 3 of 3 bad cards. I must have gotten part of the first batch that had a manufacture fault/defect. I've decided to stick with my HD 6850 until there are some GTX 680's with 4GB of VRAM available and then I'll give them a try in SLI.

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I am an avid gamer and just recently decided to start using a 2560 x 1440 monitor. I had been gaming at 1920 x 1080 for some time, but wanted the higher resolution. Going from FHD (1920x1080) to WQHD (2560x1440) is a very big step up in resolution, especially if you want to play with the settings all the way up on some of the newest DX11 games. I knew I'd need something that could handle that jump. I've also considered trying eyefinity 2.0 because they've made some great improvements like being able to use custom resolutions all the way up to 16k x 16k, as well as support for 5x1L and 5X1P, which is insane. With 3GB of VRAM as a buffer this card can handle higher resolutions with ease.

I play a wide variety of games, ranging from FPS to RPGs to RTS games.
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EDIT: 2014-08-29 End of my ASUS HD 7970 DC II, it burned out today, seeing sparks come out of the card was... amusing. Ahh the smell of burned electronics. Kept it at factory overclock so I wasn't expecting this. I wasn't planning on upgrading for sometime, but I guess I have no choice now. Not even mad though. RIP HD 7970. Docking 1 star for it's untimely death. ;)

I ordered this card on February 16th and it shipped on March 19th. This is the longest I waited for a product, but it was worth it. Got it for the $579,- price, I'd rather wait than pay more for it. I upgraded from a ASUS HD 5870 v2 to the ASUS HD 7970 DC II and I really notice the difference.

The main reason I got this card was Eyefinity over 3 monitors with full display ports, lower noise and lower temperature. Factory overclock is fine because those people know what they are doing and I don't. When I overclock myself I get noise/temperature and stability issues, I don't want to waste my time getting everything just right. Eyefinity works on the 5870, but it's just not powerful enough to be a consistent performance.

Eyefinity runs idle @ 400 MHz on the 5870 and 500 MHZ on the 7970. On a 1 monitor system these cards would idle a lot lower clock, something around 157 MHz for the 5870, which would be reflected in lower idle temperature.

With the ASUS HD 5870, single monitor idles @ 42, small load 55C (web, youtube), gaming load 70C.
With the ASUS HD 5870, Eyefinity idles @ 60C, small load 60C (web, youtube), gaming load 72C.
With the ASUS HD 7970, Eyefinity idles @ 40C (wow), small load 50C (web, youtube), gaming load 60C (wow).

The HD 7970 is also much quieter than the old HD 5870, even at load my other system fans are louder.
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this card runs so cold mine idles @27 celsius and full load playing modern warfare 3 hits 48 celsius. All at stock, but overclocks like a champ!can get it up tp 1250/1700 MHz!!!! Highly recommend this card to any gamer or someone who likes to keep computer up to date with the latest technology
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+ A very good video card that alows you to play any game of the moment. HD 7970 Direct CU has the best cooling sistem from the 7970 series and you can really overclock it in a safe manner. I have bought it after reading some of the asus video card reviews.
- Expensive
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Pros:
- Incredibly quiet
- Great Temperatures
- Looks great
- Eyefinity! (Sorry Nvidia, but pick up your game.)
- ... and it's tearing free! (due to the display outputs). The MSI Lightning being the only other 7970 capable of the same, however MSI's doesn't have Dual Link DVI.
- Overclocks very well - to a point.(mentioned below)

Cons:
- Very few included additions, multiple adapters will need to be bought for many users.
- Cooler dumps hot air all through the case, from so many different directions it's really not able to be managed with intelligent fan placement.
- VRM's run HOT:
VRM temperature's are far too high, limiting overclocking ability. At stock clocks with a very high airflow case, the VRM's are getting to ~100 degrees Celsius with auto fan. With a small voltage bump (1112mV to 1175mV) and an overclock of 1200/6000 nearly 50% fan speed is needed merely to keep the VRM's cool enough to provide clean voltage (if lower fan speeds are used, the VRM's get to 105+ degrees and will inevitably crash). Stable overclocks of over 1250MHz core are stable until the VRM's heat up- even with 100% fan speed, a core voltage of 1250mV cannot be maintained even at stock clocks.

Overall, ASUS have made a very good card, and if you're not an overclocker, this card is a capable one at that. (1125/6000 runs rock solid at stock voltage) Having heard a reference 7970 and experienced first hand the tearing that occurs with any mixed-output monitor setup (or 3+ screens), I couldn't recommend this more.
However, it's overclocking is held back entirely by it's high VRM temperatures- I'm not quite sure what ASUS were thinking when they saw this and thought it was fine.
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