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ASUS DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card HD7970-DC2-3GD5

4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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  • 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!
  • Engine Clock 925 MHz.
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Product Description

The newly arrived ASUS HD7970-DC2-3GD5 ships with efficient and powerful 28nm GPUs and 3GB GDDR5. To fully harness the new GPU technology, HD7970-DC2-3GD5 comes with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU II fansink and six flattened copper heat-pipes directly contacting the GPU. The 20% larger dissipation area not only makes this card 20% cooler, but also leads 14dB quieter operation than the reference card. ASUS HD7970-DC2-3GD5 is also built with DIGI+ VRM and 12-phase Super Alloy Power technology for precise digital delivery and enhanced durability. In addition, proprietary VGA Hotwire allows users to alter voltages directly on a hardware level, resulting in more precise modification. GPU Tweak utility helps users modify and tune clock speeds, voltages, and fan performance via an intuitive interface. For the ultimate immersive gaming experience, HD7970-DC2-3GD5 supports dual DVI and four Display Port connectors to drive up to six screens with AMD Eyefinity 6 - achieving HD/4K resolution with no additional adapters. HD7970-DC2-3GD5, the coolest and quietest HD 7970 graphics card, provides the perfect gaming experience!

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Resolution 4096 x 2160
Processor 925 MHz
Memory Speed 5500 MHz
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon HD 7970
Chipset Brand AMD
Graphics Card Ram Size 3 GB
Brand Name Asus
Item model number HD7970-DC2-3GD5
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 16 x 2 x 9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 16 x 2 x 9 inches
Processor Count 1

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ASIN B007B5P9SU
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,603 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds
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Date First Available February 20, 2012

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As an avid player of Battlefield 3, I wanted an upgrade from the ATI Battlefield 2: Vietnam HD 6870 video card, so ordered this one for a particular reason: extra cooling.

ATI/AMD video cards even in nice computer cases with ample airflow and cooling run hotter than Hell. In heavy gaming or Folding the 6870 -- not OCed even -- topped 80c. With the case next to me, my room became a sweat lodge (in the dead of winter @ 17F outside was the only time I needed to turn on the heat!). So this time I wanted some extra cooling.

Some Notes about Installation:

This card weighs. It's v-e-r-y heavy. You'll need to screw all three screws in to keep this bad boy from sagging. It really does look like a metal brick, too. The photos just don't give a good idea of it's scale...it's huge.

This card is also as long as other recent HD and GTX reference cards, but what isn't said in the reviews is it's depth. I use the HAF-X full size tower case which has a cavernous interior and use it's video card cooler addon module. But with the Asus video card I can't use that video cooler module as it's deeper than the cage. Keep this in mind when thinking about getting this card. Also make sure there's enough clearance between the seated video card and the door fan (on the HAF-X case it fits but narrower cases may have issues).

In the HAF-X case (using this as a reference as it's one of the largest interior non-cube cases on the market) the 3rd slot of the video card is very snug against the 4th slot cover, so removed it (could just loosen it to slide the 1/8" through). The height of the card is so huge that it blocks the 2nd PCI 2.0 slot on a AsRock P67 Extreme 6 motherboard, eliminating the chance of a triple Crossfire setup.
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I've actually had to use the unofficial overclock version of MSI Afterburner because of how great this thing is. I put it up at the max of 1125 core and 1575 memory and it stressed at only 56-59C. Keep in mind that I do have the fan turned up to 100% and keep it locked there. The fan isn't to noisy at all, just a bit louder than my normal Arctic Cooling setup.

After setting up for higher overclock I finally settled on a core of 1200 (artifacting at 1225) and memory at 1775 (card failure at 1825) and my max temperature was still only 66 degrees and even that typically stayed at 65.

I can EASILY recommend anyone looking to spend the money to buy this card, don't waste money on buying the overclocked version unless you're scared. For novices I recommend only going up to the limits that come with the card if you are able to get that stable. For experienced overclockers definitely get this card and tweak it to your liking.

For anybody using Bitcoins I'm mining at 698 Mhps using the Bitminter client @ 69c with my core at 1200 and my memory at 1400.
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By CMC on August 16, 2012
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This one is $100+ cheaper than the 1GHz version. Instead it's clocked at 925 Mhz.
Install the Asus overclocking tool and turn it up to 1GHz. You just saved $100! WIN

I was able to to max out Skyrim with a triple screen eyefinity setup which is cool. This card also runs pretty quiet. Nice!
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From the first moment I laid my eyes on this masterpiece of a graphics processing unit I was in love. It is in every way possible quality, it is almost worthy of worship. I felt that when I installed it into my computer angels would suddenly sing out, or that there would be a burst of golden light at the moment of connection.

Of course none of those things happened, but I did make the angel singing noise myself, with my mouth. I was like "yah hah ahhhhh" and I made a little *boom* sound at the moment it met my motherboard.

Performance wise it feels like everything is prerendered and that you are watching someone else play. I am currently using this card to power a three screen eyefinity setup, it's almost too good. It eats skyrim for breakfast, follows it up with Borderlands2, and rounds out its diet with the new Tomb Raider. Chews up the new Simcity, I saw features that my previous card, radeon 6970, could only hint at. Burning buildings never looked so good.

A few games don't really respect the card, like World of Warcraft. That engine is like a temperamental old man, still stuck in its ways despite attempts to change.

All in all a great card.
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I play games like crysis 3 on ultra settings and this card does not fail to perform and with the added qbility to overclock to about 1ghz the possibilities are endless for this gpu. It also has the capability to run multiple monitors or tvs depending on personal prefference I am currently running 2 vizio 32 inch 720p tvs and havent noticed a single problem and the picture is immaculate. Feel free to ask questions and ill reply as soon as possible.
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November 14, 2013
Dear Valued Customer,

This was an excellent read and even better write up on the HD7970 display card. We are thrilled to know that you are enjoying the card. I hope the display card displays every game you try at ultra settings for many years to come! Should you need any assistance, please let us know! Your reference number for this case is 3149951.
Happy gaming!

Regards,

Mark

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Excellent video card but a very hot/noisy one if you don't have ample airflow! However at this moment, i recommend anyone to buy a Radeon R9 290 instead.

At the time i bought this it was the best. Asus is an excellent maker and this DirectCU II is great but the cooling solution is very hot, and if you speed up the fan it becomes very, very noisy!

I recommend to speed up the fan and put a very good headphones when playing demanding video games with this specific card!!!
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