At just less than $250, the Asus variant of AMD’s Radeon HD 6870 delivers excellent performance. While it is somewhat overshadowed by its newer cousin, the HD 6950, it costs considerably less than that part. If you do most of your gaming on a single 1080p display, this card won’t disappoint. Even though Asus only pushes the clock rate slightly—915MHZ versus the stock 900MHz— the finned backplate gets pretty warm after a stiff gaming session. This card also shows one of the key weaknesses of Asus’s DirectCU cooler—it’s noticeably more noisy than a standard HD 6870.