Today, we're looking at five DirectCU graphics cards from Asus: the GTX 580, GTX 570, HD 6970, HD 6950, and HD 6870. They span the high-end and mid-range spectrum within the GPU market, with representatives from both NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon product lines. Of course, all come factory overclocked while sporting massive coolers with redesigned PCBs and enhanced components. If you're into enthusiast level hardware, especially graphics cards, you don't want to miss this article... Asus DirectCU NVIDIA & AMD Graphics Card Round-Up
Nice review Marco!!!!
That GTX 580 is huge and 115 more than a 6970. I have really been thinking about grabbing an Nvidia Physx card lately. Of course that would require me to get a new motherboard as well because my main GPU is an AMD card. Of course the cards I am looking at are not listed here either as they are lower price units which will or would be running Physx only as well as other GPU processing tasks.
Nice overview of ASUS GPU products. What is really interesting is that the 6970 is the fastest card on the market and costs significantly less than the GTX 580
Good review Mathew or Marco, not really sure which one did it, I like the in depth review of one product line. I think you should do the same with MSI's Frozr III lineup coming out, I'd like to see how it stacks up against the DirectCU.
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@Omegaraco - What makes you say the 6970 is the fastest? The GTX 580 outpaces the 6970 across the board.
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Man, I'm wondering how you guys manage to get 1GHz constantly on 580 cards when overclocking them for reviews.
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Bah... confusing it with the 6990 makes sense now why its cheaper.
Props to Mathew for the review. I see you updated the graph system (From Top Performance to lower performance ) ..about time.
This review already confirms my love for the Direct CU II , especially the 580. I don't mind that its triple slot, the cooling performance is awesome, the extra voltage protection and dust protection is great and it cost less than the reference models. Another great thing is that Adobe Premiere pro 5.5 officially supports the 580 and the 570...Freaking great news for me, cause I'm saving up for the either one of these Asus Nvidia cards. I still got the 6870, which is great and a Zotac GTS 450 AMP is on the way to hold on until I get one of these.
I like to point out that an important factor was left out , Noise levels. both @stock and full load. Also, it will be great when the MSI GTX 580 Lighting with the Twin Frozr III arrives for a review and gets compared to the Asus Direct CU II GTX 580.
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Nice round up, it was a nice long read :D.
Nvidia FTW? :D
Great job on the article. The improved cooling on these cards makes it worth losing the 3rd slot.
SammyHayabuza:Props to Mathew for the review. I see you updated the graph system (From Top Performance to lower performance ) ..about time.
Whoops...My badd, Mathew..I was looking @ the Overclocked NVIDIA GTX 580 Round Up Articles for some comparisons, and I noticed that, actually , your graphs are in order, its Marco's Graphs that are messy ..LOL..
Good lord that graphics card is huge on that motherboard. Makes me wonder how SLI would do with these cards.
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@Sammy - Thanks for the kind words...geez. I like to have the featured product in a review at the top of the graph at all times, with the rest separated by brand in descending order. It's not complicated. Well, maybe for some people it is, I guess.
Inspector:Nvidia FTW? :D
Well they do have the best overclockibility. I mean with 1GHz you can really feel the power of this thing.
Anyways, Sammy is right. You should include Noise Levels in future reviews. Even if it's the same as other review sites, we want to know how loud it is.
But Mathew's graphs are easier on the eyes and less "complicated".
A Very nice review a lot of work and effort goes into one like this and it shows so thanks
I was a bit surprised about how effective the twin fan cooler is under load .especially that the GTX 580 having the lowest temps. really did not expect to be with the noticeably higher power draw.What's also great is the the advanced cooling features quality heatsink and sealed fan bearings ..small details yielding some big dividends in OC headroom and coolness.I suppose a fan noise issue would vary from different chassis to be noticeable & simple to find an appropriate fan profile in a short amount of time if desired.
Taking up an extra slot would be a reasonable compromise for the performance at hand.
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Brian from ASUS demo'd the 580 direct CU at the last PDXLAN. What an enormous card. Thats interesting with Adobe officially supporting these cards with 5.5, however, if you only have cs5 you can always do the cuda hack. Just google Premiere Cuda hack.
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lifeskills:Thats interesting with Adobe officially supporting these cards with 5.5, however, if you only have cs5 you can always do the cuda hack. Just google Premiere Cuda hack.
Yeah!! A friend of mine who has a GTX 460, has it enabled in his PC using the hack. He gets things done quicker and he's able to be more productive thanks to Premiere Pro CS5 and the Mercury Playback engine. His Q9650 is good , but was unable to keep up once you put in a couple of video tracks, effects and color correction on Vegas Pro, but he now he's flying high in PP.The Rendering time has been dropped dramatically.
Good to know. Have not been able to try it yet myself, as I'm on cs4, but its awesome that there are workarounds to avoid paying Adobe's premiums.
I'm curious how you hit those OC speeds with SmartDoctor, as from what I've seen and experienced (also confirmed by other sources), the bios and utility are capped at 1.1v. The most I could squeeze out of my 570 at that voltage was 900mhz core and 4100mhz memory. If you used a modded bios, please mention that, if not, then those are extremely impressive numbers at that voltage.
This is definitely a beautiful card well done on the 1ghz overclock have you looked at the 570 TF III I would like to see how it compares to the Direct CU II
Wow... its awesome to see the results specially in temperature department. It would be nice to compare the card with their original models to see how well they perform. Anwyays its also nice to see dust filter on them as they will keep my PC clean and running :)
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