The 3GB GDDR5 graphics memory runs on a 384-bit wide bus. Connectivity wise the output connectors will actually vary per brand -- the ASUS boards will get two DVI connectors and then a HDMI and DisplayPort (full) connector. I'm happy to no longer see the god awful annoying mini-DP connectors.
At the rear side of the card we see a rather familiar PCB. Overall a fairly clean design, the cards are PCI-E gen 3.0 compatible and will have two crossfire connectors, so 3-way Crossfire is an option you could pursue. You'll notice that ther card is lacking a backplate but it does have a metal bar at the top to ensure stability when it is hanging vertically in the PC.
With a somewhat steep TDP rating of 250 Watts the card needs to be hooked up to both a 6 and 8-pin PCI-E PEG power connector. Under full stress we measured 243 Watts power draw, so that indeed is pretty spot on as advertised.So yes, this is a Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition that is a hint faster. ASUS is going to price this product at roughly the 300 EUR marker.
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