Wednesday, February 2nd 2011

ASUS Introduces New High-End DirectCu II Series Graphics Cards

ASUS has launched an entire range of DirectCU II-enhanced graphics cards that include the latest technologies from both AMD and NVIDIA GPU rosters. On the AMD side, ASUS offers the HD 6970 and HD 6950 graphics cards with DirectCU II while for NVIDIA, the GTX 580, GTX 570 and new GTX 560 Ti all ship with the advanced cooling technology.

Based on ASUS DirectCU, which uses copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU core for up to 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II adds a custom cooler that uses twin 100mm fans for a massive 600% increase in airflow on HD 6970, HD 6950, GTX 580, and GTX 570 DirectCU II cards. ASUS has also launched the GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP graphics card with dual 80mm fans for the best performance in its segment through doubled air power.

The new DirectCU II graphics cards also include exclusive ASUS Super Alloy Power technology, which uses a unique alloy formula in power components such as chokes, capacitors, POSCAPs and MOSFETs to ensure a 15% performance boost, 35°C cooler operation and 2.5 times longer lifespan. In addition, ASUS overvolting utility Voltage Tweak allows gamers to realize the full potential of their PC’s graphics performance with an easy to use and intuitive user interface.

The newly-arrived GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II graphics card from ASUS uses specially-selected TOP GPUs clocked at 900MHz by default, representing a huge 80MHz overclock over reference. This indulges hardcore overclocking demands out of the box, something gamers around the world eagerly anticipate.

Product highlights
  • ASUS exclusive cooling technology DirectCU has pioneered the use of 100% copper heat pipes that come in direct contact with the GPU core, removing the metal shielding usually used between the core and the cooler in traditional graphics card designs. Compared to reference graphics cards, DirectCU models have shown up to 20%* lower temperatures under load.
  • New DirectCU II technology is an evolution of the DirectCU concept. In addition to the copper heat pipes, it includes a custom cooler fitted with two 80mm or 100mm sound-dampened fans. Unlike other graphics card cooling systems that sacrifice fan size and airflow to maintain quiet operation, the quality engineering of DirectCU II technology makes it capable of deploying two large fans that still remain quiet and unobtrusive. Testing has shown DirectCU II results in up to 600% greater airflow and up to 20%* cooler operation than respective reference designs. This massive increase in cooling translates into an immediate performance gain, as the card can take on heavier loads. Users can also overclock the hardware further thanks to higher tolerances and lower temperatures.
  • Super Alloy Power technology is based on proprietary research and development of a unique alloy formula in critical power delivery components. Used in chokes, capacitors, POSCAPs and MOSFETs, Super Alloy Power technology boosts graphics card performance by 15%*, lowers operating temperatures by 35°C, and lengthens lifespan by 2.5 times when compared to reference designs. With added POSCAPs providing the most efficient power supply possible, DirectCU II graphics cards gain 28%* greater stability during overclocking.
  • All of the new DirectCU II graphics cards cater to the needs of power users wishing to experiment with radical overclocking and performance enhancement. Each ships with exclusive overvolting utility Voltage Tweak, which allows modification of the card’s power delivery for up to 50% faster clock speeds.
  • The ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP features specially-selected and factory overclocked cores for maximized performance at 900MHz, an 80MHz gain over generic core clock speeds, which guarantees premium overclocking experiences for gamers.
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16 Comments on ASUS Introduces New High-End DirectCu II Series Graphics Cards

#1
HossHuge
They can have their dual fan design.

I like my ghetto mod on my DirectCu I. I put in an 80mm fan. My temps never rose above 65c in Furmark

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#2
KashunatoR
i want thiis gtx 580 direct cu so badly. does anyone know when it is coming to europe?
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#4
Lionheart
I got excited for a second until I realized that I saw triple slot coolers, Sigh.............. :(
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#5
W1zzard
got both cards here. testing the 580 first, impressed by the noise levels
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#6
Easo
by: W1zzard
got both cards here. testing the 580 first, impressed by the noise levels
In a bad or a good way? :D
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#7
W1zzard
"impressed" is good :)
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#8
HossHuge
by: W1zzard
"impressed" is good :)
:laugh:

May I use this as a sig?
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#10
W1zzard
i read a review that apples taste good, i must like oranges too
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#12
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: W1zzard
got both cards here. testing the 580 first, impressed by the noise levels
Can't wait for a review!
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#13
SteelSix
by: W1zzard
"impressed" is good :)
:laugh: never a dull moment
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#14
buggalugs
by: W1zzard
i read a review that apples taste good, i must like oranges too
So, the idle fan noise is good on the 580 but not on the 6970? Maybe they set the idle fanspeed slower on the 580 or something.
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#15
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Very good but I read something along the lines of the DirectCU interferes with the VRM or something? I cant really remember so I may be totally off my rocker here. I actually like the DirectCU cards. Tried to get my nephew to get one for the 5770 instead of the MSI Cyclone he got :)
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#16
samster555
ASUS 6950 Direct CU II Origional Bios

I have a ASUS 6950 Direct CU II card. I flashed it to 6970 and lost the origional BIOS. Apparently the switch on this card controls the display ports and does not have duel BIOS. The 6970 BIOS loaded and Windows 7 loaded and the GPU-Z showed the correct shaders for the 6970 card. However I did not know that ASUS used different memory in the 6970 and my system was very unstable. I found a 6950 BIOS on this site but not the ASUS Doctor software does not detect the card. Can someone please send me or tell me where I can get the origional BIOS for this card. Thanks
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