Usually ASUS releases its GPUs in three steps. First of all there are the "boring" reference cards with an ASUS badge. Secondly there are the "funnier" DirectCUII cards whereas one of which is sitting in our test system today. Last but not least there are the crazy Matrix cards. Although, this time already the DirectCUII card has got some of the Matrix madness, which we will explain later. Never the less standard for the DCII models is the gigantic triple slot cooler. So, this thing sounds quite interesting.

ASUS HD7970 DirectCU II Top @ ocaholic