Asus EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Pro Reviews
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"The ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU performed excellently, and may very well shatter the GTX460's monopoly on the midrange market. On top of that, thanks to ASUS' unique DirectCU heatpipe cooling solution, the EAH6850 keeps its cool under pressure. For its innovation and value, we give the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU our Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award."
"The ASUS HD 6850 we are going to be looking at in this review uses a non-reference DirectCU cooler featuring dual heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU."
"With all that being said, the EAH6850 DirectCU is a more than capable video card that fits right into the sub $200 price point (at $199 online). Although up $20 from the reference $179 price point the HD 6850 was initially offered at, the ASUS-added features of this card make it $20 well spent. Features such as improved cooling, lower noise and the ability to use all of the latest AMD specific technologies such as Eyefinity, 3D Stereoscopic gaming support, CrossfireX support, HDMI 1.4a, Display Port 1.2 and performance that rivals the performance of the HD 5850 and GTX 465 all add up to way more than $20 in value - in my opinion. The 6850 is not meant to fill the performance shoes of the HD5850 but it does a fine job of making it happen in the resolutions that this card will most often be used when displaying images on 22 to 24 inch monitors."
"So there may be some debate as to how the 6850 will fully drop into the marketplace when all the dust settles. We're not entirely sure, to be honest. Time will soon tell. But we do know that this EAH6850 DirectCU is a very attractive model, running cool and quiet, and packing quite a bit of gaming horsepower and some outstanding overclocking headroom for a very good price. The sub-$200 gaming market just got a whole lot more interesting, offering consumers some excellent choices. And this ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU is a fantastic choice."
"If you are looking for the best price/performance in the sub $200 segment then the choice will be between the HD 6850 and the GTX 460 768 MB. Both cards overclock very well, the most notably difference being CUDA/PhysX support on the GTX 460 and vastly more display output options on the HD 6850. The difference between 768 MB and 1 GB makes no significant difference in most games. At this point it probably comes down to brand preference - or future price cuts."