We would like to first thank ASUS for this amazing sample. It goes without saying (nobody ever speaks up for those of us who like quiet) that this card looks amazing and there is no quieter card on earth. Yeah some match it but they can’t beat it.
ASUS has a long history of strong products and the question here is: Will this card make the grade? For comparison another 6770 as well as a 6670 will be used. Instead of listing way too many cards, in way too many classes, HWBot will be used for overclocking comparisons where applicable.
For a size comparison an assortment of cards were used to represent everything from the smaller actively cooled cards with the same GPU to the Fermi line. The smaller size of many of the cards make them more versatile but the total silence of the Direct CU Silent has a real advantage where noise is an issue and space allows.
This card is huge! This card really needs to be huge and it will not be dinged because of its size. The buyer needs to know their case and take measurements before purchasing a product. The responsibility of the manufacturer is to make specifications of a product available, not to do homework for the shopper.