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This is my review of the ASUS 7950 DCII TOP.


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The card:

The card design is the usual DCII design found on many of their cards. You get a custom designed PCB and a huge triple slot cooler. It is a very effective cooler as you can see in the Crysis 2 video. It kept the card under 65c at about 20%-30% fan speed which is almost silent. Past 40% and it will start to get loud. While being a great cooler it has a big problem, its weight and that fact there is only 4 screws holding to the PCB around the GPU and because of this it does sag and the cooler can be twisted easily. What they need to do is what I have drawn in the pic below, a bracket at the back of the card holding the cooler in place using the screws already there..Not only would this make the cooler more study but It would also help with the strength of the hole card. One more little thing is the PCI-E power 6-pins are to close to the cooler and makes it difficult to disconnect them. Don't get me wrong though it is a great cooler and does a great job.

Here is a Game play video I did so you can see FPS, temps, Fan speed and Vram.


The Bracket (My amazing skills in paint tongue.gif ):





The 6-pins (sorry for blur):




Performance:

Stock:















OCed:
















Conclusion:

The performance is good, the cooler is quiet and cool and all in all it is a good card. I can recommend this card as it is great for single card users.
Edited by driftingforlife - 7/20/12 at 3:40pm
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Another great review. specool.gif

However,, this reminds me I need to get on with my Switch 810 and my U2312HM review.
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Need some opinions on a new build

Putting together a machine for my hobbies (photography and gaming)

I am doing:

i7 2700k
sabertooth z77 motherboard
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Hyper 212+ with push/pull 120 air cooling

Synology 4TB of RAID storage (external)

Here is where I need some help:

Choosing between ASUS and Gigabyte 7950 video cards - both factory OC to 900

Seem pretty comparable in terms of performance specs
Looking for guidance on heat and loundness under load

I hear the ASUS kicks butt in cooling - but so does the Gigabyte

I hear the gigabyte is loud under load while the ASUS may be quieter? Someone must have an opinon?

I don't care about the 3 slots at all - the sabertooth Z77 has plenty of room.

Any help with real world experience would be great.

Using CS6 photoshop extended and some light video rendering and usually play the usual Battlefield, Looking forward to FarCry, etc.
post #4 of 12
Id get the DCu.
post #5 of 12
Why not the MSI Twin Frozr III R7950??? Really good at cooling, as good or better than the DirectCU, and is great at overclocking. And newer stocks of the TF3 7950 (like mine) comes with a 7970 reference board biggrin.gif .
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Originally Posted by sbaxt72 View Post

Need some opinions on a new build
Choosing between ASUS and Gigabyte 7950 video cards - both factory OC to 900
Seem pretty comparable in terms of performance specs
Looking for guidance on heat and loundness under load
I hear the ASUS kicks butt in cooling - but so does the Gigabyte
I hear the gigabyte is loud under load while the ASUS may be quieter? Someone must have an opinon?
Any help with real world experience would be great.
Using CS6 photoshop extended and some light video rendering and usually play the usual Battlefield, Looking forward to FarCry, etc.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R795WF3-3GD/dp/B007581QHG/

MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr at USD 310 after rebate or Gigabyte HD 7950 Windforce at USD 340. Gigabyte has the better cooler wihile MSI has a high quality HD 7970 PCB. newegg user reviews confirm the MSI card with a HD 7970 PCB. I would lean towards the MSI HD 7950 Twin Frozr because of price and PCB. you just have to put up with slightly higher temps. But they should still be well within safe limits
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Get the DCII, it is THAT quiet.
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Thanks for the feedback. Unless I am missing something All three are awesome and virtually identical specs

I may go with Asus since the board is Asus and it would look cooler. I know that seems like a dumb reason but if everything else is equal and they are within $20 of each other - I feel like a consistent brand and cool look could be the difference.

Anyone else think there is a breakaway quality between the three that makes the difference?
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Thanks for the feedback. Unless I am missing something All three are awesome and virtually identical specs
I may go with Asus since the board is Asus and it would look cooler. I know that seems like a dumb reason but if everything else is equal and they are within $20 of each other - I feel like a consistent brand and cool look could be the difference.
Anyone else think there is a breakaway quality between the three that makes the difference?
The TF3 7950 - the new stock - is now being shipped with a 7970 PCB/board biggrin.gif .
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Originally Posted by sbaxt72 View Post

Thanks for the feedback. Unless I am missing something All three are awesome and virtually identical specs
I may go with Asus since the board is Asus and it would look cooler. I know that seems like a dumb reason but if everything else is equal and they are within $20 of each other - I feel like a consistent brand and cool look could be the difference.
Anyone else think there is a breakaway quality between the three that makes the difference?
The TF3 7950 - the new stock - is now being shipped with a 7970 PCB/board biggrin.gif .
and the DCU comes with a custom board.
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