We also like the way the two auxiliary power connections on the top have been turned to face upwards, parallel with the edge of the card. The perpendicular positioning of the connections on the AMD desgined board was something we were not great fans of as it makes working with the card, when inside a case, far more difficult. So, Asus changing this gets a big thumbs-up from us.
Asus continues to bundle the excellent Company Of Heroes: Opposing Fronts with its more expensive graphics cards and though it isn’t the most recent of games we actually think it’s a very good choice. Our logic being, it’s an expansion pack so it won’t be primary on many peoples’ radar. However, it’s still a superb stand-alone game so most who play it will enjoy it. You also get DVI-to-HDMI, DVI-to-VGA, and component video out dongles in the box so, although you won’t have enough for all four of your monitors, you’ll be able to connect the card up to any single monitor or TV.
So the card has a good bundle, a dizzying number of video connections, and performance is as it should be but does the overall package impress? Well, that really depends on those connections. Apart from the small plus point of the two auxiliary power connections being positioned how we like them, the card has no standout plus points as compared with the basic rebadged card (which includes an identical bundle). So, if you don’t have a need for four DVI ports then we’d say don’t bother. If, however, you do require (or would just like) four connections then we can highly recommend this Asus card.
If you’re computer setup has three or four monitors then your choices have traditionally been limited to dual card configurations, but not any longer. With the Asus EAH2870 X2, you get four DVI ports on one card and enough performance to power them all. Combine this with a decent bundle of extras and you have a great package.