Now is the moment we have all been waiting for; we actually get to take a look at the ASUS Radeon HD 6870 before we go ahead and install it into our computer. One thing I would
like to point out is the length of this card because most of the video cards that have a custom cooling system such as the CU system also have a shorter custom sized PCB. This
card does not. The card comes in at a whopping 11′ long and may not fit in some of the smaller cases on the market today very well, or at all for that matter. Here we get a look
at the ASUS Radeon HD 6870 in all its glory. Not a bad looking card at all, and the custom colored black PCB makes it look all that much better especially in a system like mine
that is primarily black on the inside and all white on the outside.
As we can see, the majority of the front of the card is covered by the awesome looking CU cooler, but what about the back of the card? Well, I was surprised to see that the back
of the card is almost completely covered with an aluminum heat sink that adds just that much more heat dissipation to the CU cooling solution.
In this picture we get a good view of what the rear of the card looks like; we can see that there are some slots cut into the cowl that cover the front of the card to add to
the capabilities of the card to exhaust the heated air that comes from the GPU itself.
The top of the ASUS Radeon HD 6870 features some pretty sweet looking heat pipes that give the card the overall look of a hot rod. I guess later in the review we will see if the ASUS Radeon HD 6870 is truly a hot rod or not.
Now let’s take a closer look at the CU cooler itself. It appears to be designed very much like a lot of the “Vapor Chamber” coolers that seem to becoming more and more popular
with video card manufacturers. ASUS has the CU, Sapphire has the Vapor – X, and HIS has the Ice – Q. They all feature a vapor chamber type heat sink and fan combination and they
all seem to have a 92 mm fan.
One thing I was really surprised to see on the ASUS Radeon HD 6870 is that ASUS decided not to add an HDMI connector, but rather employ the use of an HDMI to DVI
adapter. As you can see, the connectors on the card include two DVI connectors and two Display port connectors even though there appears to be plenty of room to have added the
HDMI connector. But what do I know? I’m not a hardware engineer.