A Closer Look
ASUS’s Dual card uses two large axial tech fans embedded in a shroud that has brushed metal and ridged accents.
The card also has a full cover backplate that features the same ridge and brushed finish but some of the area is slotted to see the PCB underneath and to let heat out via convection.
The large cooler takes up nearly 3 slots. Power is provided by a single 8 pin inlet.
The PCIe power inlet features the diagnostic LED’s that first showed up on the flagship ROG cards. White means your PCIe power cable is working right, and as usual, red is bad.
The rear I/O bracket is only two slots but is fully vented even though very little air from the cooler will reach it. All ports are capped with rubber plugs out of the box. You get a pair of Display Port 1.4 connections and a pair of HDMI 2.0 and the humble DVI port makes a return as a single Dual-Link DVI-D port.
The visible edge of the card has a small RGB accent strip, it adds a nice touch without going off the deep end.