ASUS ENGTX570 DirectCU II Video Card Review

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ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II ENGTX570 Introduction

Asus has been around a long time and is one of the top rated motherboard and graphic card manufacturers in the world.  In the graphics cards area they are well known for their innovative and attractive cooling solutions to deal with the heat generated by the latest round of GPU’s.  This time around they sent us their take on the Nvidia GTX 570 with their custom cooling solution the direct CU II dual fan cooler on a custom PCB with the promise it can overclock like a wolf.

ASUS GTX 570 Box Angle
The last few rounds of Nvidia GeForce cards have provided a significant range of products at multiple price points and performances for which to choose.  The top of the line single GPU cards are the 80′s series followed by the 70, 60, and 50 series.  Lately it seems a lot of gamers have settled for the 70 series such as the GTX GeForce 470 or the current GTX GeForce 570.  The reasoning goes that you can overclock that 570 to get more performance than a stock GTX 580 and shave as much as $150.00 off the price.  Sure there are a few trade offs with this approach since the GTX 570 has fewer cores 480 vs 512 and lower stock clock at 732 MHz vs 772 MHz but with the right overclock in theory you can erase these short comings.  While this card has that massive cooling solution the factory overclock is very mild at only 742 MHz which for a 10 MHz increase. The good news is to really overclock this FERMI you need need cooling and that is where ASUS steps up to the plate with their massive Direct CU II cooling solution that makes the card so thick it fills three slots in your case.
The ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II ENGTX570 has a current price of $319.99 shipped from Newegg after a $30 mail-in-rebate and comes backed by a 3 year limited warranty.
ASUS GTX 570 Front

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Specifications:

  • Model: ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi)
  • Core Clock: 742MHz
  • Stream Processors: 480 Processor Cores
  • Memory: 1280MB GDDR5
  • Effective Memory Clock: 3800MHz
  • Memory Interface: 320-bit
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • OpenGL: OpenGL 4.1
  • Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • 3D VISION Game Ready
  • 3-Way SLI Capable
  • HDCP Ready
  • Card Dimensions: 11.5″ x 5″
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years limited Parts & Labor

Ports

  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI

System Requirements

  • 219W Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)
  • 550W Minimum System Power Requirement (W)
  • Power Connectors: 2 x 6 Pin
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