Here is a video board that definitely doesn't fit the guidelines that the European Union is thinking of eventually enforcing.
Called ASUS ROG Matrix HD 7970 GHz Edition, it actually comes in two models, so we might say that ASUS has introduced two cards instead of one.
The “Platinum” edition is faster, at 1,050 MHz / 1,100 MHz GPU Clock, while the “normal” adapter operates at 1,000 MHz / 1,050 MHz.
Otherwise, they are identical, down to the three-slot, dual-fan cooler and the VRAM speed of 6.6 GHz (there are 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM on each).
Compared to the 925 MHz GPU / 5.5 GHz VRAM of the reference model, the Matrix are giants. The 20-phase VRM and Super Alloy Power components are only the icing on the cake.
Speaking of which, with the extra stability and lifespan provided by enduring components, overclockers should be able to go wild. The ASUS GPU Tweak utility will help in that regard.
The US price is unknown, but Singapore retailers tag the beasts at SGD$749, which translates into US$613 and 470 Euro. We're willing to bet the real cost will be of $750 / 750 Euro though.