This is a big card made even bigger by two 100mm fans and a massive heatsink sitting behind them. It looks like a beast which is something generally only reserved for the highest end model. It's great to see such a massive setup on a cheaper, yet still high end card like the HD 6950.
Power is provided with the help of a single 6-Pin and 8-Pin PCI-E power connector, while the front of the card gives us our two Crossfire connectors. You can also see that ASUS has thought about the design and angled the edge of the cooler so Crossfire isn't a problem.
Connectivity is another area the ASUS HD 6950 DirectCU II is strong in, and here you see just the massive size of the card that takes up three slots. Apart from a whole lot of metal, we've got two DVI ports, one Single-Link and the other Dual-Link. Below those two connectors, though, we've got four display ports. This is fantastic for people who want Eyefinity and have gone down the path of buying DisplayPort monitors. It's nice to not have to use DVI if you can use DisplayPort, and this card lets you do that.
Out of the box this card comes overclocked, but only in a very minor way which is surprising since the massive cooler is used. We've only got a 10MHz core bump bringing it in at 810MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 comes in at 5000MHz QDR.
Since it wasn't much of an overclock and ASUS offered us such a big cooler, we thought we'd fire up Overdrive and see if we could just crank the sliders to the end without the need to add any voltage.
We did that and the card ran great which brought the clocks in at 950MHz on the core and 5400MHz QDR on the memory. Let's see what kind of performance this gives us when compared to some other cards.