ASUS HD 6970 Reviewtacohunter52 -
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The Cayman XT equipped ASUS HD 6970 offered a great deal of performance for its $379 price tag. Even with its 10Mhz factory overclock it performed very similarly to the reference HD 6970 design. This of course makes sense because 10Mhz isn't that large of an increase. Overclocking the card offered a nice little performance boost. Not only that, but considering that I wasn't able to increase the voltage, the ASUS HD 6970 overclocked very well. We saw almost a 100MHz increase in the core clock and a much larger increase for the memory clocks. I would have liked to see the card's overclocked scores push it a little farther up the charts than what we saw, but the performance increase was still good enough to be happy about.
As far as temperatures go, I was very pleased with what I saw from the ASUS HD 6970. When the fan speed was cranked up to 100% we saw overclocked load temperatures in the 60's! I thought this was pretty awesome, especially for a reference cooler. You can really tell that AMD made the right choice with the vapor chamber cooling design. Unfortunately turning the fan speed up to 100% makes your computer sound like a vacuum cleaner. Not only were the temperatures nice and cool, the power consumption was nice as well. We didn't see this card sucking to much power out of the wall, and putting it at load didn't increase the draw by all that much. $379 is a little pricey for a video card, but the ASUS HD 6970 definitely offers the performance and the features to make it worth it. For instance if you've got six DisplayPort capable monitors you'll be able to run them all through this single video card. All in all, I was happy with ASUS's HD 6970 and would recommend it for anyone looking for a higher end videocard.
- Good Cooler
- Loud Fan!