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ASUS GTX 570 and GTX 580 DirectCU II

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Posted April 26, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards
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Introduction

Nvidia’s high performance GTX 580 and GTX 570 graphics cards have been very impressive producta, offering killer gaming performance to enthusiasts who crave speed and power. However, as we know, reference designs will only push things so far; temperatures and noise levels on the high side are typically the weak points in the stock designs. But custom card designs are just the thing to solve those issues, bringing considerably more to the market at what is often very modest increases in pricing.

ASUS is a company known for pushing the envelope on many of their product lineups, and graphics cards are no exception. Renowned for their voltage tweaking feature and overclocking prowess, ASUS has now also focused on improving temperatures and noise levels even further with their latest heatsink design: the DirectCU II.

Using Heatpipe Direct Touch technology that we often see on top CPU heatsinks, the DirectCU II is an absolute behemoth of a graphics card cooler. Seriously, it’s huge, it’s badass, and it looks awfully impressive.

Let’s take a closer look at the ASUS GTX 580 and GTX 570 DirectCU II graphics cards and see if they can deliver the goods.

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.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    Travis

    What did you end up pushing the voltage to? 1.1V?




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      I believe so. It’s been awhile since we did that testing/review, but typically we push the voltage to the maximum in order to see what’s possible/allowed by the various card manufacturers. Keep in mind though, this will have an effect on higher temperatures and increased fan noise.




  2.  
    revtest ingredients

    I wated to thank you for thnis great read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it.
    I’ve got you book marked to check out new stuff you post…





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