Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

The Card

This card is a lot bigger than the 2 cards tested previously, certainly not the biggest card to arrive at the lab.

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

As you can see, the card comes with dual fans – sufficient to tame the 120w card. AMD has progressed very well, considering a GPU of this performance at 120w. I think it’s good. The card requires 2x PCI-E power connector.

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

DirectCU II cooler, with heatpipes running along the length of the card.

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

DVI, HDMI and Mini-DisplayPort. All good for the latest in video output.

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

More details at the Official Product Page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM Kingston Value RAM 4GB 1333
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD45
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 101
Monitor 46″ LCD TV
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating System Windows 7 64bit

Below is the GPU-Z for the card.

Asus Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II TOP Graphic Card Review

*Ignore the PCI-E 1.1 part, I forgot to click the “?” when I did the screenshot.

The Performance

Metro 2033

Graphic Detail : AAA, 16 AF. No Physx

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
ASUS HD 7870 51.00 76.50
Leadtek GTX 460 28.90 51.25

Lost Planet 2

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
ASUS HD 7870 50.0 58.8
Leadtek GTX 460 36.9 50.9

Alien Vs Predator

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
ASUS HD 7870 73.6 138.8
Leadtek GTX 460 42.2 77.9

Heaven 3.0

Card Average 1080p Average 720p
ASUS HD 7870 56.9 91.3
Leadtek GTX 460 30.4 47.3

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing. Based on 720p preset.

Card Idle (°C) Stress (°C)
ASUS HD 7870 29 80

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

Conclusion

The Asus HD 7870 is certainly a worthy consideration if you have about RM 1.2k to spare, and in my opinion I would work better than having a dual HD 7770 setup that costs around RM 1.2k as well. As seen, the Asus HD 7870 is providing almost always 2x the performance of the GTX 460 (will add HD 7770 new benchmarks later).

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