ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card Review

Benchmarks - WQHD Performance

Batman: Arkham City

Dirt 3

Aliens vs. Predator

Battlefield 3

Far Cry 3

Unigine Heaven 3.0

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ASUS HD 7970 DCUII

38 19 74.38 63.63 43.9 47.1 36 21.2 14 30.1 13.4

ASUS HD 7970 DCUII OC

47 21 87.88 76.62 54.6 56.6 44 25.5 18 37.4 21.9

 

Now that various industries have finally really caught up to 1080P, it's only logical that the next "step" starts getting pushed forward.  High-resolution computer monitors have been around long, long before the "HD" marketing revolution, but the push to 4K will create a greater need for graphics cards capable of driving all of those pixels.  Top-tier cards like the GTX 680 and the HD 7970 are going to be looked at for their larger memory capacities and overall capability to drive 4K and WQHD displays.

 

We tested ASUS' HD 7970 DirectCU II on their PB278Q WQHD PLS 27-inch monitor at a 2560x1440 resolution.  The results are summarized in the table above, and you can see it produced very playable framerates for every game and benchmark except for Far Cry 3 because we had HDAO turned on which is an extremely intensive form of ambient occlusion.  With HDAO changed to SSAO, we see our performance practically double (average FPS in the 50s w/stock settings), so take that into account if you want to play Far Cry 3 on a WQHD display.

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# Nikolaj 2013-03-08 06:17
Hi guys, nice review but what about VRM temps ?

It's a huge issue on these models. To be straight ti the point: http://www.xtremehardware.com/recensioni/schede-video/arctic-cooling-hybrid-7970-pt-ii-test-accessori-e-confronto-con-asus-7970dc2t-201211157843/?start=10

ASUS DCT2T, 60 degrees on the core and 100 degress on the VRM section. That's a huge amount and this is why they limited the Over-Voltage capabilities. If being overclocked at 1GHz with 1.112mV it generates 74/112 degrees celsius for core/VRM

note: che first setting it's blank due a graph error but as you can see in the other images it's "ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD 5 AUTO/40%, 1974 RPM"

The 7970, as it's shown in your review, it's a very solid performer. Good day
 
 
# Ivan 2013-03-09 07:08
please stop with this rumor, those temperature are due to an error as stated many times bu asus, if you use the correct GPU tweak you will see that they never goes over 78 degree in my case...
please avoid missinformation
 
 
# Nikolaj 2013-03-09 12:18
Quoting Ivan:
please stop with this rumor, those temperature are due to an error as stated many times bu asus, if you use the correct GPU tweak you will see that they never goes over 78 degree in my case...
please avoid missinformation


Hi Ivan

Show me something, a link to an Asus Statement or something like that. I've never heard of such clarification, would you be so kind to show it ?

If you're right, this should mean that eveery VRM sensor mounted on the Gigabyte and Asus, or even 7970 reference designs, should have some issues. As you can see from the graphs, ad stock speeds it's all right for gigabyte 797OC-3GD but if overclocked it behaves similar to the Asus one.

Have you made personal tests that proove that the sensors are broken ?

What I've posted it's what I've seen also on other designs, not only Asus and if you check the ROG forums it's full of reports, like this one (7950 DCII model, faulty design): http://www.behardware.com/news/12153/asus-hd-7950-directcu-ii-fault-report.html

It's not a ''rumour'' if it happens to an entire comunity ;)

Another link, HWINFO program tells the same story (it could be obviously the same sensor, but it's not a software related problem): http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1670759&page=22

In this lik there's a person which states what I've seen on my test lab, Gigabyte 797OC-3GB capable of heat the VRM section at 65 degrees with the stock settings.

I suggest you to read carefully hte review, the Arctic Cooling accelero Hybrid it was installed in the gigabyte 7970 797OC-3GD not the Asus DC2T.

I suppose that you're referring to the Core temps, since that GPU Tweak only reports it, and it's perfecly in-line with the temperatures reported in the review.

Before stating that what I've done is misinformation, please let us know about what you're talking about.

Many thanks in advance
 
 
# laur 2013-03-09 05:47
Nice part about the power phase current capacity, i hope you write abut it on every card reviewed on the site.- that's good info.