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ASUS Radeon 6870 DirectCU

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Posted January 10, 2011 by Jake in Video Cards

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by Jake
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There are some appealing features brought here into the mix with the Radeon 6870, notably 3D and tessellation, though these really do appeal to a very small niche market at this point in time. Our gaming results showed a bit of a mixed bag where a couple game titles were concerned, with a few instances where the AMD cards were trounced across the board.

Against the GTX 470, the 6870 does reasonably well but stumbles in a few games, so there’s some consideration to take into account there, plus the lack of PhysX and CUDA obviously can be a factor, particularly if you’re into Folding @ Home. However, against the GTX 460 this 6870 card does very well. The ASUS 6870 DirectCU retails for $240 USD, which is priced similar to some other manufacturers’ reference models. Considering lower temperatures and noise levels, that is an excellent deal. Also keep in mind the modest factory overclock that can be pushed heavily with the votlage tweaking option as well. Against the several other 6870 cards we’ve seen, and ASUS has a formidable product that is the best option.

The only downside here is that the 6870 won’t really compete with the GTX 470 any longer going forward, as Nvidia is likely to launch a 500-series card that will ultimately be the successor to the GTX 460. When this will happen, we don’t know for sure. So in effect, the 6870 has little direct competition in terms of price. This leaves the card in slim company for now. And with this ASUS 6870 DirectCU model running cooler, quieter, and having higher overclocking potential with its voltage tweaking capabilities than the competitors for essentially the same price, we’re left with a real winner here.

ASUS Radeon 6870 DirectCU

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