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Asus HD 7950 Direct CU II review

A top-end card for the budget-minded

Our Verdict

For

  • Great overclocking chops
  • 3GB of memory
  • Huge cooling array

Against

  • Not the best in class
  • A bit of a behemoth in terms of scale

There's a tremendous sense of value when you get this Asus version of AMD's HD 7950 out of the box. It really is rather massive.

The triple-slot cooling array means that you're going to have to think long and hard about whether you've got enough space inside your PC chassis to house such a behemoth of a card.

That said it's not a bad little performer, especially at this price point. AMD has managed to be incredibly aggressive on pricing as new Nvidia-shaped competitors have hit the streets, and to have this sort of performance for much less than £300 is impressive.

This card swaps performance leads with the more expensive GTX 670 across our benchmarking suite, showing that it has the chops at both hi-res and in the more compute-oriented games/lighting engines we've started to come across.

The huge cooling array on this Asus card means that this AMD card can either run incredibly quietly, or it can be overclocked to within an inch of its life. That will push it up towards the speeds of the original HD 7970 and keep it on par with the overclocking chops of the GTX 670.

Realistically if you were to be spending serious money on a graphics card right now - unless you were powering a couple of very high-res screens that is - then we'd probably have to say the HD 7950 is the way to go. It's here at a great price, comes with excellent performance at the top-end, and this card offers some serious overclocking options too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelHD 7950
HDMIYes
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 7000
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory3 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width384 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Digital SignalYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs2
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height129.5 mm
Cooler TypeFan Cooler
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length299.7 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Product ModelHD7950-DC2-3GD5
Product NameHD7950-DC2-3GD5 Radeon HD 7950 Graphic Card
Processor Speed800 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number90-C1CRN0-U0UAY0BZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information
  • Dual fan DirectCU thermal delivers 20% cooler performance with direct heat dissipation and runs significantly quieter at 600% greater airflow
  • GPU Tweak provides a professional yet intuitive graphics tuning interface for real time card adjustment and monitoring
  • The latest PCIe 3.0 bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0
  • Expand visual horizon across six displays with AMD Eyefinity technology
Thickness58.4 mm
API SupportedDirectX 11.0