ASUS 6950 and 6970 DirectCU II
AMD’s flagship 6950 and 6970 reference graphics cards have been quite good for the most part, but as we know, reference designs will only push things so far. ASUS is certainly one companies known for pushing the envelope, particularly when it comes to graphics cards, offering voltage tweaking abilities and custom heatsinks. One of their better known models has been the DirectCU, bringing lower temperatures and noise levels to powerhouse gaming cards.
The DirectCU is now officially history, as its successor is out in the wild, and it’s aptly named the DirectCU II. Yes, as original as that is, at least we needn’t be confused as to which is the new one. Whereas the original model was a rather sleek cooler with a direct touch heatpipe design, the new version is an absolute behemoth. Seriously, the DirectCU II is probably the largest factory-produced cooler design we’ve seen.
It’s huge, it’s badass, and it looks awfully impressive. But can it deliver the goods? Let’s find out.
ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.