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ASUS EAH6870 DirectCU Review



Graphics Engine
AMD Radeon HD 6870
Bus Standard
PCI Express 2.1
Video Memory
Engine Clock
915 MHz
Memory Clock
4200 MHz ( 1050 MHz GDDR5 )
400 MHz
Memory Interface
D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600
D-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)
DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I),Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to HDMI adaptor x 1 )
Display Port : Yes x 2 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
1 x CrossFire cable
1 x Power cable
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x DVI to HDMI adaptor
ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Features
DirectCU Series
11" x 5" Inch
Bundled Accessories
Crossfire Interconnect Cable x 1
DVI to VGA Adapter x 1
HDMI to DVI adapter x 1
6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable x 1



ASUS Exclusive Innovation

  • Overclocked: Factory overclocked to perform at 915MHz, higher than stock performance, resulting in higher frame rates in games.
  • Super Alloy Power: Super Alloy Power technology for 15% performance increase, 2.5 times longer lifespan and 35°C cooler operation.
  • DirectCU: Precision mounted DirectCU copper heatpipes in direct contact with the GPU for rapid heat dissipation – creating 20%* cooler and quiet performamce in idle.
  • Voltage Tweak: Full throttle overclocking with exclusive ASUS Voltage Tweak via Smart Doctor – boosting 50%* more speed, performance and satisfaction!
  • Dust-proof Fan: Unique fan design dissipates heat efficiently while extending a graphic card’s lifespan by 25%* through increased dust and particle resistance.
  • GPU Guard: Increases the card’s strain threshold by 80%-100%, doubling its ability to withstand stress and pressures. GPU Guard prevents cracking and fracturing, even increasing drop and shock damage resistance.
  • EMI Shield: Reduces 66%* of electromagnetic interference both given off and received by the card - resulting in a stable signal, clearer screen display and a safer, healthier computing environment.
  • Fuse Protection: Equipped with multiple sets of input fuses on the circuit board to eliminate any chance of excessive or dangerous temperature rises - leading to trouble-free and long-lasting hardware.    
  • ASUS Smart Doctor: Intelligent system monitoring for efficient overclocking with an intuitive slide bar.
  • ASUS Gamer OSD: Real-time overclocking, benchmarking and video capturing in any PC game!
  • ASUS Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology: Optimizes colors in various entertainment scenarios with five special modes — standard, game, scenery, night view and theater.

Graphics GPU Features

  • Powered by AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology: Unlocks the power of GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks
  • AMD HD3D™ Technology: Optimize stereoscopic 3D gaming and movie-watching entertainment.
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 11 Support: Bring new levels of visual realism to gaming on the PC and get top-notch performance
  • AMD CrossFireX™ Technology: Gets up to 1.8X of a graphics performance boost in dual mode.    
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Support: Enable PC users to enjoy an advanced computing experience and to do more with their PC

All Information courtesy of ASUS @ http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=ZOYt9pirNbbMbPOx&templete=2

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  5. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Just Cause 2
  10. Testing: Unigine 2.1
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  13. Testing: 3DMark 11
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Testing: Temperatures
  16. Testing: Power Consumption
  17. Conclusion
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