Asus DirectCU NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Round-Up

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Performance Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: Before running a single benchmark, we were fairly certain where these cards stood when compared to one another. The reference designs have been out for awhile now and these models basically provide a minimal boost straight out of the box. Out of the cards we tested, the pecking order plays out like so - GTX 580, GTX 570, HD 6970, HD 6950, HD 6870. The real benefits of cards like these are realized when you consider all of the other aspects that enthusiasts demand from their parts, such as good looks, upgraded cooling, and overclocking.


 

Traditionally, you've had to pay more for customized graphics cards that feature factory overclocks and redesigned cooling solutions. It's standard practice for companies to charge a premium for those particular models. But that's what makes the DirectCU line from Asus somewhat surprising. All the cards we tested provide more features than the stock models they are based on, while costing the same or charging a small premium. From a value perspective, it's tough to beat these offerings from Asus.



 

In closing, we feel Asus hit the ball out of the park with their DirectCU product line. It's clear that the company has listened to the community and provided a series of products that address the desires of those who use them. The cards are a winning combination of form and function that impress in almost every category. And by pricing them competitively, it's easy to make an argument for an Asus DirectCU model versus the competition.

Of course, the triple slot form factor is an issue for extreme users who utilize multiple expansion slots on their motherboards. But unless you fall in this category, there really is not much to complain about. The only other knock we have is the warranty length. Video card makers like EVGA, XFX, and Zotac offer lifetime warranties on some of their products. Asus currently offers a three year warranty, but registration is not required within a certain amount of time, as is the case with the lifetime warranties we mentioned. With that said, we are very pleased with the DirectCU line of video cards from Asus and highly recommend them to anyone on the market for a high performance graphics card.



  • Asus Direct CU II GTX 580



  • Asus Direct CU II GTX 570

  • Asus Direct CU II HD 6970

  • Asus Direct CU II HD 6950

  • Asus Direct CU HD 6870

 


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